For years, several Michigan courts have banned non-lawyers from bringing cell phones and other portable electronic devices into courthouses. Historically, each court would set its own policies governing the use and access to such devices, and my personal experience confirms that court policies are widely varied and not always consistently enforced.
That all changed on January 8, 2020, when the Michigan Supreme Court issued a statewide order effectively prohibiting state courts from banning cell phones. The rule is intended to broaden the ability of litigants – including those who are self-represented – to use devices in support of their cases. Under the new rule:
The new rule takes effect on May 1, 2020. If you have questions or would like to learn more, you can visit the websites for Michigan Courts.
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