Possible to get some criminal court cases delayed says Marquette County Prosecutor

Mar 26, 2020

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese is trying to clear up confusion over whether people with subpoenas should show up for court hearings during Governor Whitmer’s “stay home” order.

Michigan’s courts take their direction from the Michigan Supreme Court, which hasn’t closed the courts to pending criminal matters if the person is incarcerated. Those cases must still be decided. Wiese says, however, if there’s hardship and the person can’t show up, the Prosecutor’s Office will make accommodations.

“We will ask the court to adjourn it. We have to establish to the judge that there’s good cause to adjourn. And we’ve had witnesses who have children who can’t leave home; they don’t have daycare, and we’ve made accommodations for them,” he says.   

Wiese says all non-criminal proceedings have been postponed, as have criminal matters where the person is not in custody.

Anyone with questions or concerns about a hearing should contact the Prosecutor’s Office at 225-8310.