Rule 5.140 Use of Videoconferencing Technology

(A) Except as otherwise prescribed by this rule, upon request of any participant or sua sponte, the court may allow the use of videoconferencing technology under this chapter in accordance with MCR 2.407.

(B) In a mental health proceeding, if the subject of the petition wants to be physically present, the court must allow the individual to be present unless the court excludes or waives the physical presence of the subject pursuant to MCL 330.1455. This does not apply to proceedings under MCL 330.2050.

(C) In a proceeding concerning a conservatorship, guardianship, or protected individual, if the subject of the petition wants to be physically present, the court must allow the individual to be present. The right to be present for the subject of a minor guardianship applies only to a minor 14 years of age or older.

(D) The court may not use videoconferencing technology for a consent hearing required to be held pursuant to the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act and MCR 5.404(B).

(E) Mechanics of Use. The use of videoconferencing technology under this chapter must be in accordance with the standards established by the State Court Administrative Office. All proceedings at which videoconferencing technology is used must be recorded verbatim by the court.