Macomb County courthouses back in business – Macomb Daily

Things are back to normal, or about as normal as can be, at courthouses in Macomb County and around the state.

The state Court Administrative Office last week moved the courts into the last stage, phase 4, of the Return to Full Capacity Plan, meaning virtually all restrictions have been removed to conduct full, in-person hearings including jury trials.

That means judges at the circuit and district courts are conducting live, in-person hearings without social distancing requirements or capacity limits. Judges, however,  are allowed to require masks and anyone can wear one. Also, partitions, hand-sanitizing stations and other COVID-19 pandemic alterations remain in place in case of a resurgence of a coronavirus variant.

Chief Macomb Judge James Biernat Jr. said he’s already been presiding over cases in a crowded courtroom.

“I forgot what it was like to have people in the courtroom,” he said. “Hopefully, that is the norm. Hopefully, we stay in…

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