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Virtual Court Information

Welcome to the Virtual Court Page for Van Buren County Courts. This page provides information to the public to ensure transparency and attendance of court proceedings. Scroll down for more information on the following topics:

  • How to view a court proceeding using our live streaming access.
  • How to join a virtual room for a judicial proceeding using Zoom.
  • Virtual room etiquette.
  • How to request an audio/video digital copy of a court proceeding.
  • Frequently used forms

Live Streaming

Hearings are live streamed via YouTube at the discretion of the judicial officer, see our Live Streaming Court Proceedings policy. If you are not able to view a hearing via live streaming, you may:

    • Request a digital copy of the recording by submitting our Court Recording Request Form. Copy fees will be waived during the COVID-19 crisis.
    • With court permission, the public may attend a court proceeding using zoom. See the Virtual Room section below for information on how to contact the court.

Click on the links below to view live streaming for each courtroom:

Courtroom 1 - Judge Brickley

Courtroom 2 - Judge Dufon

Courtroom 3 - Judge DiStefano

Courtroom 4 - Judge McKay

Courtroom 5 - Judge Clarke

Hearing Room A - Attorney Referee

Hearing Room B - Attorney Referee

Hearing Room C - Attorney Magistrate

Hearing Room D - Attorney Magistrate

How to Join a Virtual Room using Zoom

All hearing participants will receive Zoom instructions prior to the hearing. Each Virtual Room (VR) has three options you can select to attend the hearing. See details below for the VR assigned to your case:

VR1

Hon. Kathleen Brickley, Chief Judge and Circuit Court Judge
Option 1 (Preferred): Click on this link to join the virtual meeting utilizing this device: Virtual Room 1
Option 2: Use your downloaded Zoom app and enter Meeting ID #: 344 479 2441
Option 3: Call (no video) by dialing: (646) 876-9923 or (646) 900-6833, enter Meeting ID #: 344 479 2441
For questions or technical difficulties regarding VR1, call (269) 657-8200 x 2345 or email williamsm@vbco.org.

VR2

Hon. Jeffrey Dufon, Circuit Court Judge, Family Division
Option 1 (Preferred): Click on this link to join the virtual meeting utilizing this device: Virtual Room 2
Option 2: Use your downloaded Zoom app and enter Meeting ID #: 203 884 1510
Option 3: Call (no video) by dialing: (646) 876-9923 or (646) 900-6833, enter Meeting ID #: 203 884 1510
For questions or technical difficulties regarding VR2 (juvenile cases), call (269) 657-8237 or email juvenilem@vbco.org.
For questions or technical difficulties regarding VR2 (family cases), call (269) 657-8200 x 2342 or email schmittm@vbco.org.

VR3

Hon. David DiStefano, Probate Court Judge
Option 1 (Preferred): Click on this link to join the virtual meeting utilizing this device: Virtual Room 3
Option 2: Use your downloaded Zoom app and enter Meeting ID #: 277 444 5820
Option 3: Call (no video) by dialing: (646) 876-9923 or (646) 900-6833, enter Meeting ID #: 277 444 5820
For questions or technical difficulties regarding VR3, call (269) 657-8225 or email probate@vbco.org .

VR4

Hon. Michael McKay, 7th District Court Judge
Option 1 (Preferred): Click on this link to join the virtual meeting utilizing this device: Virtual Room 4
Option 2: Use your downloaded Zoom app and enter Meeting ID #: 618 651 0072
Option 3: Call (no video) by dialing: (646) 876-9923 or (646) 900-6833, enter Meeting ID #: 618 651 0072
For questions or technical difficulties regarding VR4, call (269) 657-8222 or email 7dc@vbco.org.

VR5

Hon. Arthur Clarke III, 7th District Court Judge
Option 1 (Preferred): Click on this link to join the virtual meeting utilizing this device: Virtual Room 5
Option 2: Use your downloaded Zoom app and enter Meeting ID #: 508 146 3510
Option 3: Call (no video) by dialing: (646) 876-9923 or (646) 900-6833, enter Meeting ID #: 508 146 3510
For questions or technical difficulties regarding VR5, call (269) 657-8222 or email 7dc@vbco.org.

VRA

Hearing Room A

Option 1 (Preferred): Click on this link to join the virtual meeting utilizing this device: Virtual Room A
Option 2: Use your downloaded Zoom app and enter Meeting ID #: 292 853 1976
Option 3: Call (no video) by dialing: (646) 876-9923 or (646) 900-6833, enter Meeting ID #: 292 853 1976
For questions or technical difficulties regarding VRA, call (269) 657-7734 or email foc@vbco.org.

VRB

Hearing Room B
Option 1 (Preferred): Click on this link to join the virtual meeting utilizing this device: Virtual Room B
Option 2: Use your downloaded Zoom app and enter Meeting ID #: 889 964 1503
Option 3: Call (no video) by dialing: (646) 876-9923 or (646) 900-6833, enter Meeting ID #: 889 964 1503
For questions or technical difficulties regarding VRB, call (269) 657-8237 or email juvenilem@vbco.org.

VRC

Hearing Room C

Option 1 (Preferred): Click on this link to join the virtual meeting utilizing this device: Virtual Room C
Option 2: Use your downloaded Zoom app and enter Meeting ID #: 699 936 0614
Option 3: Call (no video) by dialing: (646) 876-9923 or (646) 900-6833, enter Meeting ID #: 699 936 0614
For questions or technical difficulties regarding VRC, call (269) 657-8222 or email 7dc@vbco.org.

Virtual Room Etiquette

The virtual room is an extension of the courtroom. The court has the right to terminate a person's connection if it becomes an interruption to the court proceeding. Note the following virtual room etiquette guidelines:

  • Find a private / quiet room and remove any distractions.
  • Make sure you have adequate lighting and avoid sitting in an area that windows are behind you.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Place your device on mute when it is not your turn to speak.
  • Make sure your device is on a sturdy surface and your camera is at eye level.
  • Ensure your camera lens is clean and free of obstructions.

How to Request a Copy of a Hearing

The public or any party may immediately request a copy of the audio/video file pursuant to VBC-0100 Digital Audio-Video Recordings of Court Proceedings policy. During the timeframe of this emergency plan, the court will waive the video copy request fee. Parties must request a copy using VBC-2004 Court Recording Request Form.

Frequently Used Forms

All Courts:

Circuit Court Criminal:

District Court Criminal: