For the health and safety of the public and our community, pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Orders and the Michigan Supreme Court’s Administrative Orders, the Kent County Probate Court is limiting access to courtrooms and other spaces to no more than 10 persons, practicing social distancing and mask use, and limiting in-courthouse activity by utilizing remote appearances to the greatest extent possible.
Currently, there is no entry for anyone who:
Displays signs or symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough or worsening cough (excluding chronic cough due to known medical reasons), shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and/or new loss of taste or smell.
Has a diagnosis of COVID-19.
In the last 14 days, has had close contact with someone with a diagnosis of COVID-19.
Contacting the Court
There will be no in-person assistance available at the Probate Court clerk’s office during this time. However, general inquiries, requests for hearing dates, and requests for assistance may be directed to email@example.com. Questions or requests for assistance regarding mental health matters may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further assistance, you may also call the Probate Court clerk’s office at (616) 632-5440.
Individual has a right to terminate involuntary commitment
proceedings by signing formal voluntary
admission. (Sec. 406) The hospital is required to offer
formal voluntary admission.
Court must dismiss any pending proceeding unless it finds
that dismissal would not be in the best interest of the
individual or the public.
Individual who is hospitalized pending the Court hearing
shall within 72 hours excluding Sundays and holiday, meet
Treatment team member assigned by the hospital
Person assigned by the appropriate Community Mental
Health board director
Person designated by the subject of the petition, if
Individual must be informed of all the following:
Proposed treatment plan in hospital.
The nature and possible consequences of commitment
The proposed plan of treatment in the community;
either an alternative to hospitalization or a
combination of hospitalization and alternative treatment
with hospitalization not to exceed 60 days. (There may
be no such plan if the condition of the patient only
Individual may defer hearing for period of 60 days if the
individual chooses to remain hospitalized for 90 days if the
individual chooses alternative treatment or a combination of
hospitalization and alternative treatment.
Individual may demand hearing during deferral period.
Individual must agree to accept proposed treatment during
Original petition and certificates remain valid during
If individual refuses proposed treatment at any time
during deferral period, a hearing is held.
A hearing shall be convened under Sec. 452 if not earlier
than 14 days nor later than 7 days before the expiration of
the deferred period, if an appropriate party notifies the
Court that the individual continues to need treatment. The
individual must be given opportunity to accept treatment on
a voluntary basis if suitable for voluntary treatment.