At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Supreme Court took control over all of the lower Michigan courts and issued Administrative Order (AO) 2020-17. Now, three years later and after vigorous opposition, these dissenting voices have been muted and new troublesome procedures have been implemented (see footnote link below).
Because there was never a sunset provision for AO 2020-17, the Supreme Court has elected to permanently change the Michigan court rules that govern how eviction proceedings are administered. What this means to you, as a landlord, is that:
All of these issues continue to necessitate that we increase our administrative staff and have many of them assist our attorneys in doing daily court outreach to ensure your cases are getting processed in as timely a manner as possible.
I think Justice Zahra’s and Viviano’s dissent said it better than anyone. “… Rather than vacate AO 2020-17 in its entirety and return Michigan’s landlord/tenant practice to the efficient state in which it existed pre-pandemic, the Court elects to substantively change the law in a way that was entirely unnecessary during the pandemic and remains equally unnecessary today.”
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Matthew I. Paletz, CEO
Michigan Supreme Court AO 2020-08 dated 9/7/23 https://www.courts.michigan.gov/siteassets/rules-instructions-administrative-orders/proposed-and-recently-adopted-orders-on-admin-matters/adopted-orders/2020-08_2023-09-07_formor_amdao2020-17.pdf
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