Effective May 1, 2007, the court may use two-way video technology to conduct specified child protective and probate proceedings. In delinquency proceedings the court may use interactive video technology to conduct hearings in which the court does not order a more restrictive placement or more restrictive treatment, and may be used to conduct preliminary hearings under MCR 3.935(A)(1), postdispositional progress reviews, and dispositional hearings. In child protective proceedings the court may use two-way interactive video technology to conduct preliminary hearings or review hearings. Probate courts may use two-way interactive video technology to conduct hearings concerning initial involuntary treatment, continuing mental health treatment, and petitions for guardianship involving persons receiving treatment in mental health facilities. See MCR 3.904 and 5.738a.
Effective May 1, 2007, the court may also expand its use of IVT for additional hearings not provided for in MCR 3.904 and 5.738a by establishing a local administrative order pursuant to Administrative Order 2007-1. The local administrative order must describe the administrative procedures for each type of hearing for which IVT will be used and it must be approved by the State Court Administrative Office.
The use of two-way interactive video technology must be conducted in accordance with any requirements and guidelines established by the State Court Administrative Office.