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Coronavirus Updates Archives

Hamilton County Courthouse Announces Update

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.

Covid-19 Prison Update

The COVID-19 global pandemic has created unprecedented circumstances in our communities. As society continues to adjust to self-isolation and quarantine, we can only hope that life as we knew it returns to "normal" as soon as possible. While social distancing and isolation have become our new daily routine, it is something that is impossible for people incarcerated in Ohio's prisons and jails. While so many of us are concerned with keeping ourselves, our families, and our communities healthy, many Ohio inmates are being forgotten about. What was once a six-month or one-year sentence could now be a death sentence for some inmates.

Governor DeWine Announces Plan Regarding Ohio Prisons

On April 7, Governor DeWine announced his plan going forward to decrease the prison population in light of the Coronavirus. In noting the difficulty of social distancing for both inmates and staff the Governor announced a plan to release two classes of inmates. The first class is for individuals whose sentence is set to expire within the next 90 days. With respect to these individuals, the Governor has screened out (meaning deemed ineligible) individuals convicted of domestic violence, kidnapping, abduction, homicide-related charges, making terroristic threats, ethnic intimidation, and sexually oriented offenses. 

Information For Businesses And Individuals During Uncertain Times

COVID-19 has undoubtedly caused all of us to adjust to a new way of life. As much as it has impacted your personal lives, we also imagine it has impacted your business and professional lives as well. In challenging times, the attorneys at Rittgers & Rittgers want to ensure you that help is available when you need it. While Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has issued a Stay-At-Home Order, legal services were deemed essential and exempt from the Order. While we are limiting physical interaction between clients and staff to the maximum extent possible, our office remains OPEN with the capability to conduct most, if not all, meetings virtually and to enable you to sign many documents electronically.

Hamilton County Sheriff Announces Potential Charges For Non-Essential Businesses That Do Not Follow Orders

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil announced that non-essential businesses as defined by the State order that goes into effect tonight at midnight will face charges if they are caught remaining open more than once. He indicated that businesses would receive a warning if found to be operating, and if they are caught operating again will face charges. The sheriff also stated that deputies will not stop residents who are driving and will assume that they are traveling in accordance with the order. The penalty for violating this order is a second-degree misdemeanor, which carries up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine. A copy of the order can be found here: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/public-health-orders/directors-order-to-stay-at-home

Coronavirus ("COVID-19") Update: The Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Weighs In

Yesterday morning, we discussed changes in court policies and how some courts and jails across Ohio are working together to release low-risk inmates. Yesterday afternoon, during Governor DeWine's press conference, Ohio's Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor weighed in concerning the judicial system. While there is no uniform and binding order that all courts implement identical changes in their policies and procedures, Chief Justice O'Connor outlined recommendations for Ohio courts to follow.

How Has the Coronavirus Pandemic Impacted the Courts and Jails in Southwest Ohio?

Unfortunately, court policies and procedures have seemingly evolved day-by-day due to the coronavirus ("COVID-19") pandemic. The fact every court has implemented a unique policy adds to the frustration. Without uniformity in procedure, everyone must be extra diligent about knowing which cases will be pushed back and which cases will not be, based upon the type of hearing and which court.

Ohio to Close Most BMV's Due to Coronavirus

Governor Mike DeWine announced on March 18, 2020, that 181 BMV registrar offices will be close at the end of business that day. Five offices will remain open as they are essential and are able to issue and renew CDL's. As a result, Ohio drivers will not be able to renew their licenses. The Ohio State Highway Patrol, though, will not be ticketing for expired licenses while the BMV is closed. DeWine is also asking local law enforcement, such as the Cincinnati or Lebanon Police Departments, to follow suit. Drivers will still be able to utilize the BMV's online services to conduct other BMV business, such as renewing tags or paying reinstatement fees. This site can be reached via: https://services.dps.ohio.gov/BMVOnlineServices/

Butler County Diversion Program - Coronavirus Update

Due to the current situation with the coronavirus outbreak, we understand that in-person classes are not ideal for the Butler County Prosecutor's diversion program. As a proactive firm, we reached out to the local educational providers to see what could be done to protect our client's health and wellness, as well as the community.

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