Hillsdale County Court and Office Buildings are expected to remain open for the time being despite a rise in COVID-19 cases in Hillsdale County. Commissioner Chairman Mark Wiley tells WCSR News that in a virtual meeting held Friday, the commissioners voted to keep the courthouses and county office buildings open at this time. However, Wiley strongly encouraged the public to do things remotely if at all possible. Wiley says the county offices are becoming more equipped to do things remotely and via the phone. 


Wiley did say if the public feels the need to visit the courthouse or other office buildings, they need to do so safely. “Please wear a mask and take time to be screened at the door,” Wiley said. 


The courthouse specifically has moved back to phase two of their multiphase plan handed down from the State Capitol. This means the courts will no longer hold jury trial and will conduct a majority of their work through virtual meetings. Wiley confirmed that jury trials are suspended through the month of November, with limited trials still on the calendar for December. The decision to keep Hillsdale County office buildings open comes amid the closure of similar buildings in Branch and Lenawee Counties.