Corona Virus Information

Divisions

Civil

Overview

Matters that involve claims of more than $25,000, which include medical malpractice, auto negligence, personal injury, contracts, employment discrimination, and receiverships are heard in the Civil Division. In addition, civil matters appealed from Wayne County district courts and administrative agencies are also handled by the Civil Division Judges.

Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (CAYMC)

Updated Protocol for the Remote Operations of the Civil Division


(313) 224-5430 701 CAYMC

Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Avenue, Room 701
Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: (313) 224-5430

Staff:

Courtroom Clerk: Matthew Johnson
Executive Assistant: Deborah Lee
Court Reporter: Video Courtroom
Deputy: Corporal Doug Outlaw



(313) 224-5173 1707 CAYMC

2 Woodward Avenue
Room 1707
Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: (313) 224-5173. Court personnel are in the Courtroom and available by phone. If you do not reach staff by phone, please email frances.yturri@3rdcc.org.

Staff:

Courtroom Clerk: Stacey Stallworth
Law Clerk: Frances Yturri, frances.yturri@3rdcc.org
Court Reporter: Video Courtroom
Deputy: Reginald Gordon

Ms. Zenell B. Brown
Executive Court Administrator
(313) 224-5261 711 CAYMC

Executive Assistant:  Jeannette Heacox

Court Services Assistant:  Jalona Colvard


 
(313) 224-0250 907 CAYMC

907 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center

2 Woodward Ave. 

Detroit, MI 48226-3413

Phone: (313) 224-0250

Staff:

Judicial Attorney: Karen Liddle   

Email:  Karen.Liddle@3rdcc.org

Courtroom Clerk: Roderick Byrd
Court Reporter: Video Courtroom

(313) 224-4679 1807 CAYMC

2 Woodward Avenue
Room 1807
Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: (313) 224-4679

Staff:

Courtroom Clerk: Cheryl Bascomb
Judicial Assistant: Alexander Fuller
Court Reporter: Teria Carrington 
Deputy: Keilan Nims

(313) 224-5195 1411 CAYMC

901 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Avenue, Room 1411
Detroit, MI  48226

Phone: (313) 224-5195

Hours: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Staff:

Courtroom Clerk: Linda Woods
Secretary: Joanne Gaskin
Court Reporter: Video Courtroom
Deputy: Walter Armstrong

(313) 224-5207 1719 CAYMC

1719 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: (313) 224-5207

Staff:

Administrative Assistant: Antoinette Maxwell (Antoinette.Maxwell@3rdcc.org)
Courtroom Clerk: Kimberly Clifton (Kimberly.Clifton@3rdcc.org)
Court Reporter: Video Courtroom

**Instructions for Zoom Hearings/Meetings:

  1. Create a Zoom account if you have not done so already.
  2. Go to http://www.3rdcc.org/zoom/civil 
  3. Find Judge Gibson's name and click "Join Meeting"
  4. Re-name yourself, if possible. Phone numbers are not allowed.

If you cannot access the above link you can go to www.3rdcc.org look for the red bar at the top of the page & click “Zoom Virtual Meetings” then “Civil”. Scroll down to Judge Gibson’s name then click “Join Meeting”.

For telephone access (no video) call 1-646-876-9923 then enter Meeting ID 842 876 2673. The password, if requested is “171900”.

Upon logging in you will automatically be placed in Judge Gibson's Waiting Room.

On Fridays the Motion Call begins @ 9:45 a.m. The judge's assistant typically emails the Court's Zoom information in advance of the scheduled hearing date. When you are admitted from the Waiting Room you will immediately be invited to a Breakout Room in order to check in with the Court Clerk, then you will be returned to the Waiting Room until your matter is called.

DISPOSITIVE MOTIONS: ALL Summary Disposition motions will be scheduled for a Zoom hearing unless otherwise notified by the Court. Please call or email the judge's Administrative Assistant for further information.

REGULAR MOTIONS: ALL non-dispositive motions will be scheduled for a Zoom hearing unless otherwise notified by the Court. After efiling your motion please send the Court a hard [paper] copy via mail (FedEx & UPS are preferable methods). You may submit an epraecipe for any random date/time. Upon receipt of the Judge's Copy of the motion, the Court Clerk will process the praecipe, adjusting the date & time, if need be. You MUST mail in a hard copy of the motion in order for the praecipe to be processed! If you do not have a praecipe that's been accepted by the Court Clerk, you DO NOT have a hearing scheduled.

(313) 224-5243 1111 CAYMC

2 Woodward Avenue
Room 1111
Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: (313) 224-5243

Staff:

Courtroom Clerk: Lisa Rutledge
Law Clerk: Mary Otto
Court Reporter: Reba Hooper
Deputy: Takisha O'Bannon

(313) 224-5225 1421 CAYMC

2 Woodward Avenue,

Room 1421

Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: (313) 224-5225

Staff:

Judicial Attorney: Scott Taylor Scott.Taylor@3rdcc.org  313-224-5226

Courtroom Clerk: Marciana Lawrence Marciana.Lawrence@3rdcc.org

Deputy: Gary Bickley

Court Reporter: Video

April 9 UPDATE  

(Additional detailed protocol on next page)

If your praecipe is accepted, please assume your motion will be heard on the record via zoom unless instructed otherwise, despite what the praecipe says about oral argument. Zoom information is below. If the court has been made aware of a full settlement in your case, Zoom appearance is not necessary.

Zoom information

***Enter the Personal Meeting ID on the Zoom App: 956 136 7105

 OR

1. Go to  http://www.3rdcc.org/zoom/civil 

2. Find Judge Groner's name and click "Join Meeting" a few minutes before the scheduled date and time

**Phone Call (No Video) - Call 646 876 9923 and enter Meeting ID 956 136 7105

* Traditional court attire required for motion call. Please wear a jacket.

*Please remember to name yourself on Zoom.

* If you have questions and cannot reach the court telephonically, please email the court clerk at Marciana.Lawrence@3rdcc.org or the law clerk Scott Taylor at Scott.Taylor@3rdcc.org.

 

*At least 3 days beforeany hearing/date on a praecipe, the MOVING PARTY MUST E-MAIL the motion, response, & any reply to Scott.Taylor @3rdcc.org. The subject line must read [motion date] [case #] [title of motion].

*To order transcripts, please contact 313-224-0409

* For questions regarding adjourning settlement conferences, please call the court clerk, Ms. Marciana Lawrence.

*  You may choose any Friday for NON-MSD hearings that allows proper notice to opposing counsel.  You will be notified if the date chosen needs to be rescheduled.

NO MOTION REQUIRED, JUST IMMIEDATELY E-FILE THE SCAO FORM FOR THE FOLLOWING:

·        Motion to extend summons

·        Motion for alternate service

·        Motions for Default Judgment on actions for a sum certain

 

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:

-      Settlement Conferences will occur via Zoom. Attorneys on Zoom only. Clients to be available by phone.

-      No hard copies of motions unless specifically requested.

-      Please include proposed orders as Exhibits to your motions with relevant language in case motions are granted on the briefs. Be sure to submit orders awaiting signature only after the motion has been heard or upon stipulation.

MOTIONS FOR SUMMARY DISPOSITION

§  Please E-file motion with TBD date PRIOR TO reaching out for a date with the court.

§  Please E-mail Scott.Taylor@3rdcc.org for a date.

§  Please note that the Court’s schedule is packed due to re-scheduling dates that were booked before the shutdown, everything filed during the shutdown, and all newly filed motions. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding and apologize for any inconvenience. Please plan for dates greater than 10 weeks out.

TRIALS, PRETRIAL CONFERENCES, & MOTIONS IN LIMINE

-      All jury trials are suspended through January 6, 2021

-      Final pretrial conferences will proceed as settlement conferences. Your trial documents are no longer due on this date.

-      Motions in Limine will be heard just before the time of trial. If you are filing MILs now, please be prepared to wait to have them heard.

The judge is available in the event of an emergency. In the event of an emergency, please e-mail David.Groner@3rdcc.org and cc Scott.Taylor@3rdcc.orgPlease do not be overly concerned with case timelines and trial dates, as the Court will work with lawyers as needed on these matters. We understand that these are unusual circumstances.

For all other matters, please e-mail Scott.Taylor@3rdcc.org.

Please be safe and take care of one another.

 

PLEASE READ THE PROTOCOL BEFORE CALLING

IF YOUR MOTION IS ADJOURNED PLEASE CALL 3 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF THE NEW DATE
TO CONFIRM THE COURT HAS THE HARD COPY.

(313) 224-2444 1007 CAYMC

Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Avenue, Room 1007
Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: (313) 224-2444

Staff:

Judge Dana M. Hathaway; Dana.Hathaway@3rdcc.org

PLEASE DO NOT SEND INQUIRES TO THIS EMAIL. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE.  Email is designed for Judge's copies of Dispositive motions, Reconsideration Motions, Final Pre-Trial Orders and Settlement Conference Forms ONLY; JudgeDMHathaway-Court@3rdcc.org

Courtroom Clerk:  Korey Pearson; korey.pearson@3rdcc.org

Judicial Attorney: Lorri Cary; lorri.cary@3rdcc.org

Court Reporter: Video Courtroom

Wayne County Deputy: Chandra Darrisaw

(313) 224-5487 1921 CAYMC

Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Room 1921
2 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: 313-224-5487

FOR ALL SCHEDULING CONCERNS/ISSUES PLEASE EMAIL brian.hodgman@3rdcc.org 

Staff:

Court Clerk: Gaylynn Brooks-Williams
Judicial Attorney: Brian W. Hodgman (P76885) 
Court reporter: Video

(313) 224-5183 1507 CAYMC

2 Woodward Avenue, Room 1507
Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: 313-224-5183/313-224-5185

Staff:

Court Clerk: Clara Rector
Judicial Assistant: Amy Rhoades
Court Reporter: Video
Deputy: Corporal Bobby Cook

(313) 224-2415 1401 CAYMC

2 Woodward Avenue
Room 1401 
Detroit, MI 48226

Phone Number: (313) 224-2415

Judicial Attorney: (313) 224-6267

Staff:

Courtroom clerk: Tara Hickman 
Judicial Attorney: Klara Zierk
Court reporter: Video Courtroom
Deputy: Chris Gamino

(313) 224-2240 1011 CAYMC

Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Avenue, Room 1011
Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: (313) 224-2240

Staff:

Courtroom Clerk: Rita Causey
Judicial Assistant: 
Court Reporter: Athalia Cargile

(313) 224-5481 913 CAYMC

Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Room 913 
2 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: 313-224-5481

Hours: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm; 2:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Staff:
Court Clerk: Moira Hartwell
Judicial Assistant: Vacant
Court reporter: Video
Deputy: unassigned

(313) 224-0142 921 CAYMC

2 Woodward Avenue
Room 921
Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: (313) 224-0142 or (313) 224-0142

Our next available motion date for non-dispositive motions is NOVEMBER 19,  2021, at 9:00 a.m.

ORDERS, MOTIONS, ANSWERS TO MOTIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED THRUOUGH EMAIL,  PLEASE MAIL THEM IN, UNLESS INSTRUCTED BY THE COURT.

Staff:

Courtroom Clerk: Katrina Ross
Law Clerk: Paul Carrier
Court Reporter: Shelee Beard
Deputy: Ted Mixon

(313) 224-2427 901 CAYMC
901 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI  48226
Phone: 313-224-2427
Staff:
Law Clerk: Rebecca Zarras
Court Clerk: Kimberley DeLoach
Court Reporter: Manuwella Jones
Deputy:

REMOTE OPERATION PROTOCOL
The Courtroom is closed to the public. Court operations are conducted remotely via Zoom Technology
ZOOM CONNECTION INFORMATION
If you have a conference, motion or hearing scheduled before the Court, go to www.3rdcc.org/zoom/civil and click on the green button labeled "Join Meeting" next to Judge Smith's name.

You will enter the waiting room. Participants' display must include you name, case number and client name. If you need to change your display, you must leave the waiting room and make the change in your Zoom settings. There may be a large number of participants in the waiting room at one time and if you are not properly identified, you may not be admitted into the virtual courtroom without the proper information displayed.

If you have difficulties connecting call 313-224-2427 or email JudgeSmith-Court@3rdcc.org
COMMUNICATION WITH THE COURT
Email is the preferred way to communicate with the Court. Please make sure you include all parties in the case on your email.
The subject line of the email should include the case name and case number. Also include the cellphone number of the contact person, in case Court staff needs to speak with the party.
Judicial Law Clerk, Rebecca Zarras at Rebecca.Zarras@3rdcc.org
Court Clerk, Kimberley Deloach at Kimberley.Deloach@3rdcc.org
Courtroom email address JudgeSmith-Court@3rdcc.org

*If you call the courtroom, your call may not be answered due to staffing limitations. Please send an email or try your call later but do not leave a voicemail.

SETTLEMENT AND STATUS CONFERENCES

Conferences shall be conducted remotely via Zoom until further order of the Court. Clients do not need to appear via Zoom but must be available by telephone.

Parties may submit a stipulated order to adjourn settlement conference to attend facilitation. The settlement conference will be adjourned until a date after facilitation. Stipulated order must be filed at least one day prior to the scheduled conference date.

*The date and time for conferences may change, so parties should check the register of action to confirm the date and time for the conference.

GENERAL MOTION CALL

Oral argument may be waived pursuant to MCR 2.119(E)(3). If no response is filed, the Court may assume there is no opposition to the motion and grant the relief requested.

Praecipe dates may be rescheduled to the next available date if the motion date is closed.

*If you wish to dismiss or adjourn your motion, please email the Court Clerk at Kimberley.Deloach@3rdcc.orgat least one day prior to the praecipe date.

If the Court determines that oral argument is necessary, you will receive an order with the date and time for the Zoom hearing.

You may confirm a hearing date by going to the Court Website at www.3rdcc.org and click on "Zoom Virtual Meeting" in the red box then click on "Civil Division Dockets". Located under Judge Smith's name will be a list of hearing dates and time for that week. If you do not see your case name listed, contact the Court to confirm your hearing date at JudgeSmith-Court@3rdcc.org.

*Hard copies of General Motions are not required.

MOTION FOR SUMMARY DISPOSITION

After you have efiled a Motion for Summary Disposition, email a copy of the motion to the Judicial Law Clerk at Rebecca.Zarras@3rdcc.org. A Summary Disposition Scheduling order will be issued with the hearing date and time and the dates responses and replies are due.

Once a Scheduling Order is issued, the moving party shall file a notice of hearing with the date and time listed on the scheduling order. It is not necessary to file a praecipe.

If there is a scheduling conflict, the moving party must contact the Judicial Law Clerk within 14 days of the entry of the Scheduling Order for a different hearing date. After 14 days, hearing dates will only be changed by leave of the Court upon a showing of good cause.

Parties may file a stipulated order to adjourn a hearing date. The stipulated order should be email to the Judicial Law Clerk and a new date for the hearing will be provided. The moving party shall a praecipe and notice of hearing with the new date and time of the hearing.

The week of the scheduled hearing, you may confirm the hearing by going to 3rdcc.org, click on "Virtual Meeting" in the red box then click on "Civil Division Dockets". Located under Judge Smith's name will be a list of all hearing dates and time. If you do not see your case listed, contact the Judicial Law Clerk at Rebecca.Zarras@3rdcc.org.

If you have filed a Motion for Summary Disposition and a Scheduling Order has been issued or you have any questions regarding a Motion for Summary Disposition, contact the Judicial Law Clerk at Rebecca.Zarras@3rdcc.org.

(313) 224-6889 1821 CAYMC

Honorable Martha M. Snow

Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
Two Woodward Avenue, Courtroom 1821 
Detroit, MI  48226

Phone: 313.224.6889

Fax: 313.237.9252

Staff:

Court Clerk:  JaJuan Williams 
Judicial Attorney:  Lisa Damphousse
Court Reporter:  Video
Deputy:  Corporal Oliver Cross

State of Emergency Updates – Coronavirus Court Closure

As you are likely already aware, the Third Circuit Court is currently closed to the public.  Chief Judge Kenny has issued several statements regarding the "State of Emergency” which can be viewed on the homepage of the Court’s website at www.3rdcc.org.  All updates regarding the status of proceedings held at the Third Circuit Court will be posted on the website as they become available.  Please check www.3rdcc.org frequently for the latest developments. 

ALL ATTORNEYS AND ALL LAW FIRMS SHALL IMPLEMENT ZOOM CONFERENCING CAPABILITIES IN THEIR OFFICES AND/OR IN THEIR HOMES IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN COURT PROCEEDINGS REMOTELY.

Phone calls:  During the temporary court closure, our preferred method of communication is email. 

Case Evaluations:  All cases shall continue to participate in the Case Evaluation process during the temporary court closure.  Attorneys shall contact the Mediation Tribunal Association by emailing Lisa Timmons directly at lisa.timmons@3rdcc.org to confirm their Case Evaluation date and to receive additional instructions on how to participate remotely.

Settlement Conferences:  Settlement Conferences will be held during the temporary court closure via phone conferences with Judge Snow.  If you have a Settlement Conference scheduled, Plaintiff’s counsel is responsible for contacting all attorneys/parties of record to organize a conference call with Judge Snow.  Settlement Conferences will be scheduled on the hour/half hour.  At the designated date/time, Plaintiff's counsel is responsible for initiating the call in to the courtroom at 313.224.6889 unless other arrangements have been agreed upon between the parties in advance.   

Notices of Hearing - for all Motions (dispositive and non-dispositive):  Until further notice, all Notices of Hearing must indicate that the hearing is being conducted via Zoom at the scheduled date and time.  Please also include the following language in your Notices of Hearing: 

    • To join the Zoom hearing, go to www.3rdcc.org/zoom/civil.  Scroll down to "Hon. Martha M. Snow" and click "Join Meeting" at the scheduled date and time.

    • If you have difficulty connecting or need to call in by phone, please call 313.224.6889 for additional details.      

Non-dispositive Motions (Friday motions):  All newly filed non-dispositive motions should be scheduled for November 19th Please file your motions as usual and submit a praecipe for each motion for Friday, November 19, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.  Once accepted, you may be given a different time slot.  You will be instructed to file a Re-Notice of Hearing that includes the aforementioned Zoom language as well as your new time slot.

In the event that you no longer need to argue a motion that was previously scheduled, please have the moving party contact the clerk, JaJuan Williams, directly at jajuan.williams@3rdcc.org regarding the same. 

Motions for Summary Disposition:  All newly filed motions for summary disposition will follow the usual course of scheduling.  You can review that process on Judge Snow's standard (non-emergency) protocol which is linked below.  Please scroll down to the bottom of these emergency updates and click on the "Court Protocol" button to access Judge Snow's standard protocol.  Please continue to mail physical Judge's copies of all motions, responses, and replies to the courthouse as usual.   

Any additional inquiries regarding motions for summary disposition may be sent directly to Lisa at lisa.damphousse@3rdcc.orgPlease copy all attorneys of record on your email in order to avoid any ex parte communications. 

In the event that you no longer need to argue a motion for summary disposition, please have the moving party contact Lisa directly at lisa.damphousse@3rdcc.org regarding the same.  Please copy all attorneys of record on your email in order to avoid any ex parte communications. 

Email addresses:      Honorable Martha M. Snow                         martha.snow@3rdcc.org

                                   Judicial Attorney, Lisa M. Damphousse      lisa.damphousse@3rdcc.org

                                   Clerk, JaJuan Williams                                 jajuan.williams@3rdcc.org

For all other inquiries, please click below on the "Court Protocol" button which will take you to Judge Snow's standard protocol that is always in place regardless of the temporary court closure.  Thank you. 

(313) 224-2447 1101 CAYMC

Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Avenue, Room 1101
Detroit, MI  48226

Phone: (313) 224-2447

Staff:

Secretary: Loretta Borne
Court Clerk:  Adam Hamed
Court Reporter: Laurie Jefferson
Deputy: Ray Batts