Power outage disrupts some Wayne County Circuit Court proceedings

Detroit — A power outage at the Penobscot Building has interrupted telephone connections and halted Zoom capabilities for some facilities of Wayne County Circuit Court.

 Court officials on Tuesday said the electrical problem also limited phone service at the court's offices at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center and Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.

A red ball, 12 feet wide, blinks atop the Penobscot Building in this undated photo. It served as an aviation beacon.

Chief Judge Timothy Kenny told The News late Tuesday afternoon that the problem had not been fixed and the disruptions to the court's operations is expected to continue into Wednesday.

"We will be in the same situation (Wednesday) as we are today," he said. "The power outage is in the Penobscot Building and that is where our servers are. There apparently is some significant water damage in the building."

Kenny said the power outage has knocked out email and Zoom capabilities to facilities in the Young center and at Frank Murphy.

"It's hindered us," said Kenny. "We're trying to do some creative things so we can serve the public."

The court is advising those with scheduled proceedings or other matters to call the assigned courtroom for further instructions on how to proceed. Some courtrooms have phone service and will advise attorneys and others on how proceedings will be conducted, a notice from the court reads. 

Court officials said Tuesday that efforts were underway to identify and fix the power problem.

Wayne County's is the largest circuit court in Michigan and has 58 judges and three operating divisions, including civil, criminal and family.

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