DETROIT (WWJ) - It's so cold in the D -- so cold, the courthouse is being forced to close.
The 36th District Court in Detroit will be closed Wednesday and Thursday due to the impending polar vortex, with temperatures expected to reach record-breaking lows and frigid wind chills as low as 45 degrees below zero.
Court Administrator Kelli Moore Owen said it's just too cold for employees and visitors to walk to the courthouse.
"We are very different from other, smaller district courts. Our staff must park off-site and walk several blocks to get to work. Likewise, individuals who have business with the Court must also walk several blocks from neighboring parking structures and lots to get to our building. Many litigants also rely on public transportation. For those people, exposure to the frigid temperature is dangerous, and that was the main factor in deciding to close our Court," Owen said in a statement.
Although the Court did not close early on Monday, employees performing non-essential functions were released early, while other essential staff and judges stayed on to service the public and handle the sizeable dockets that were in progress or already scheduled for the afternoon when the weather took a turn for the worse.
In-custody felony arraignments will be conducted at noon by the assigned Magistrate during the court closure. All other cases scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday will be rescheduled and new notices to appear will be mailed by the court.
For more information, visit www.36thdistrictcourt.org.