Honorable Hala Jarbou

Honorable Hala Jarbou

In order to better serve the attorneys and litigants appearing in Judge Jarbou's courtroom, we have adopted the following protocols.  Please advise your clients and staff so that there are no misunderstandings.


Courtroom 3B, Third Floor - Oakland County Courthouse
Telephone:  248-452-2000

Motions and Motion Day

Except with leave by the Court or as otherwise described herein, motions are scheduled pursuant to the local court rules and are heard every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.  Parties must praecipe motions for any Wednesday of their choice (including Orders for Show Cause).  You must check in with the clerks when you arrive on motion day.  Absent good cause, the Court declines to hear add-ons.  The judge takes the bench promptly at 8:30 a.m.  Parties are expected to complete an order in accordance with the judge's ruling before leaving the courtroom.  If you expect to be more than 15 minutes late, you must call chambers immediately to inform the staff.  If the non-moving party has not checked in by 9:30 a.m., the clerk shall call the case upon the request of the moving party and the Court may grant the requested relief if appropriate.

  • Responsive Pleadings: Any responsive pleadings must be filed no later than the Monday before the motion.  The cut-off time is noon.  Any late filings will not be considered.
  • Adjourning Motions: Only the moving party may adjourn their motion.  Chambers must be notified by the moving party when a motion is adjourned.
  • Dispositive Motions: Please call the staff attorney to get a date to schedule your dispositive motion.  The moving party must file a praecipe for the assigned date.  Motions which exceed the page limit will be rejected.  Late filings will be rejected.  A judge's copy is required for all summary disposition pleadings.
  • Motions for Reconsideration: A judge's copy is required.  Unless the Court otherwise indicates, no hearing is scheduled and no response is required.
  • Emergency Motions: A request for an emergency hearing may be submitted anytime.  To be considered, a written motion explaining the request must be submitted to the Court.  Oral requests for an emergency motion will not be considered.
  • Appeals and Miscellaneous: Follow court rules for license restoration and district court appeals.   

Criminal Call

Criminal call will be held weekly on Mondays at 1:00 p.m.  The judge takes the bench promptly at 1:00 p.m.  Attorneys are expected to check in with the clerk prior to 1:00 p.m.  If you expect to be more than 15 minutes late, you must call chambers to inform the staff where you are.  If you need to leave the courtroom for any reason, you must inform the clerk.  If you fail to inform the clerk and your case is called while you are absent, you should expect to go to the end of the list.  Your case will not be placed in the call lineup until your client has arrived.  Chambers will not arrange stand-in coverage for any attorney.  Those arrangement will need to be made by the assigned lawyer.

  • Arraignments by Mail: Arraignments by mail are not accepted by this Court except in emergency circumstances.
  • Adjournments: All adjournment requests must be submitted by stipulated order.  Adjournments will only be considered for good cause.  Faxed orders will not be considered. 
  • Motion Cut-Off: All motions on criminal cases must be filed and heard at least two weeks prior to the scheduled trial date.  Late filings will not be considered.
  • Sentencing Memoranda: All sentencing memoranda must be filed at least two days prior to sentencing.

Adjournments – Generally

All adjournment requests must come by formal motion.  Parties should not assume that these motions will be granted. 


A final pretrial order will be issued in all civil cases.  This order is not advisory.  Any filings, motions, or witnesses that do not comply with this order will be rejected.
  • Schedule: The trial schedule will be Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated by the Court.  Trial will also continue on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Counsel should plan the availability of their witnesses accordingly so that trial can move expeditiously.  The courtroom will be available to attorneys no earlier than 8:00 a.m. 
  • Exhibits: Counsel should stipulate to as many exhibits as possible before the trial date.  Exhibits should be marked prior to trial (Plaintiff – numbers; Defendant – letters). 
  • Voir Dire: Voir dire will be conducted by both the Judge and the attorneys.

Courtroom Decorum

Anyone appearing in court should be dressed appropriately.  In accordance with local court rules, men will be asked to remove their hats.  Cell phones must be silenced.  Any phone that rings or vibrates while court is in session is subject to confiscation by the Court.