On May 1, the Presiding and Administrative Judges of the Hamilton County Common Pleas and Hamilton County Municipal Court issued an administrative order regarding courthouse access. The order stated that access to the courthouse will be limited to those who are conducting or are necessary to critical court proceedings. Aside from county and court staff, only attorneys, witnesses, victims, the press, law enforcement, and no more than two immediate family members of litigants are permitted access to the court. Further, everyone seeking access to the courthouse or justice center will be subject to having their temperature checked and will be required to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times.
Will I need to appear for Court?
Currently, the courts are only hearing emergency civil matters such as civil stalking protection orders, motions for temporary restraining orders, and pending garnishments. As for criminal matters, the courts are only hearing sentencings, pleas, probation violations, and motions to modify bonds. Our cases set for pretrial have been continued to later dates.
Our office is monitoring the courts and wants our clients to be prepared in case an appearance is required. As always, check with your attorney as to whether you will need to appear. But, if you do, be prepared to operate in accordance with the above guidelines.