March 19, 2020 (last updated: November 16, 2020)

Local Court Statements Regarding Operations During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency


Our local courts are providing statements about how they will operate during this challenging time:

Supreme Court of Ohio:

Self-Study Cap Waived for 2019-20 CLE Compliance Period (5-21-20)

Tolling Order/FAQ

Supreme Court of Ohio Guidance and Coronavirus Resources for Local Courts

March 24 Statement from the Ohio Supreme Court: Extension of 2018/2019 CLE Late Compliance Deadline

March 17 Statement from the Ohio Supreme Court regarding CLE requirements and COVID-19


Franklin County Municipal Court:

Franklin County Municipal Court Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic


Franklin County Common Pleas Court, General Division:

November 16, 2020 announcement on jury trials:
The Franklin County Common Pleas Court – General Division is suspending jury trials beginning November 23, 2020, until January 29, 2021. Jury trials will resume on Monday, February 1, 2021. Citizens who have already been summonsed for petit jury duty for the following weeks should not report, as jury service is cancelled: Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14. No petit jury duty summons will be issued for the weeks between December 21, 2020, and January 25, 2021. Grand jurors should report as scheduled.

Franklin County Common Pleas Court: Sixth General Order in Response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Public Health Emergency (11-10-20)

Listed below are the specific modifications:
  • Paragraphs 7, 8, 10, and 11 (as numbered in the Fifth Admin Order) were removed as they pertained to the resumption of cases in various areas starting June 1.
  • Paragraph 7 - Rotating dockets have been extended through April 2, 2021.
  • Paragraph 8 – Language added indicating persons may be removed for failure to wear a facial covering.
All other operational matters remain the same and are still in effect.

Franklin County Common Pleas Court: Fifth General Order in Response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Public Health Emergency (7-23-20)

 

This administrative order (dated 7-23-20) will remain in place through the remainder of the calendar year.
  • Paragraph 9 - Rotating dockets have been extended to December 31, 2020.
  • Paragraph 9 - Clarifying language was added excluding Civil Stalking Protection Order matters from the rotating docket schedule.
  • Paragraph 7 - Clarifying language regarding foreclosures was added noting some cases are still stayed per federal law, rule, or regulation.
All other operational matters remain the same and are still in effect.

Franklin County Common Pleas Court: Fourth General Order in Response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Public Health Emergency (5-19-20)

General Division Court Operations Beginning 5-4-20:

 

Pursuant to the Court’s Administrative Order dated April 3, 2020, effective Monday May 4, 2020, the Court will begin conducting certain in-custody criminal proceedings (at the discretion of the Judge).  The schedule for these proceedings is as follows:

Monday Courtrooms:
4A – Judge Jeff Brown; 5A – Judge Russo; 6A – Judge French; and, 7A – Judge Young

Tuesday Courtrooms:
4B – Judge McIntosh; 5B – Judge Holbrook; 6B – Judge Hawkins; and, 7B – Judge Woods

Wednesday Courtrooms:
3E – Judge Page; 4E – Judge Cocroft; 5E – Judge K. Brown; 6E – Judge Serrott; 7E – Judge Lynch

Thursday Courtrooms:
4F – Judge O’Donnell; 5F – Judge Frye; 6F – Judge C. Brown; 7F – Judge Phipps

Other criminal or civil matters may be set by the Court via Zoom or video conference on any business day.  While your presence in the Courtroom is not required, chambers may be contacting parties to the case to participate remotely.

This schedule will continue through May 29th.  The Court continues to discuss operations beginning June 1st and will be advising all regarding this schedule as soon as possible.  The Court does plan to summons jurors in June; however, in-custody criminal cases will be given priority, initially.

It will be important to keep the following in mind while scheduling appearances or attending proceedings beginning May 4th :
  • You are required to wear a mask in the Courtroom.  The Court has a limited supply of masks so please bring one with you.
  • There will be hand sanitizer available in the gallery and at counsel tables.
  • There are disinfectant wipes available to wipe down the keyboards and signature pad pens between participants – please see the Bailiff for this supply.
  • Participants in the gallery will be limited to the current case being heard and all will need to wear masks and abide by social distancing guidelines of 6’ separation.
  • Courtrooms will be sanitized by contract cleaning services after each room is utilized.
Video Arraignment Process for Franklin County Common Pleas Court, General Division (4-29-20)

Franklin County Common Pleas Court: Third General Order in Response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Public Health Emergency (4-2-20)

Franklin County Common Pleas Court, General Division: Information Regarding COVID-19, Court Operations, and Jury Duty


Franklin County Common Pleas Court, Domestic/Juvenile:

AMENDED ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS (9-9-20)

Judge Gill Saturday Hours, by Appointment Only (Effective 5-16-20):
Effective May 16, 2020 until further notice Judge Elizabeth Gill is available for Dissolutions, Agreed Uncontested Divorces, Status conferences and settlement conferences on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Such matters will be scheduled by appointment only through Judge Gill’s assistance and may be requested and scheduled only by agreement of all parties. Appointments may be made by emailing Liz Landrigan at Elizabeth_landrigan@fccourts.org. Emails must include the case number, case name, the specific hearing type requested and be copied to all counsel of record and/or parties (if unrepresented). All matters will be heard by Zoom or telephonically and will be recorded. Any matters seeking final resolution (Dissolution or Divorce) must have all final paperwork e-filed by no later than 24 hours in advance of hearing time.

AMENDED ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS (5-9-20)

How to Request a Video or Phone Conference in Franklin County Domestic/Juvenile Court (A Message from Administrative Magistrate William Sieloff, 4-22-20)

Franklin County Common Pleas Court, Juvenile Branch Notice 4-13-20:
Effective today (4/13/20) through May 15, 2020, curtailed operations for Juvenile (A/N/D & Delinquency) dockets are limited to essential hearings, which are preliminary hearings (JIC youth & A/N/D with requests for custody) and ex-parte JPO hearings. All scheduled 5th floor hearings, Traffic hearings and Non-Lock Preliminary hearings between April 13 – May 15, 2020 will be continued with electronic notice through the E-filing system as well as by mail. However, the continuances are still processing. Some attorneys appeared today but we are only handling the hearings described above. The Magistrates will consider requests for telephone or video conferences for our cases. Please help us spread this information to ensure that only attorneys and parties who have a preliminary hearing or need to file a JPO appear for Court. All other cases are in the process of being continued. It will take at least a few days for the system to reflect the next hearing date. We apologize for any inconvenience and sincerely appreciate your patience.

Franklin County Domestic & Juvenile Court: Amended Temporary Order in Response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Public Health Emergency (4-2-20)

Franklin County Common Pleas Court, Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch: Notice to public regarding curtailed operations due to COVID-19 (3-13-20)


Franklin County Probate Court:

Franklin County Probate Court Marriage Procedure Order (5-20-20)

Franklin County Probate Court: Special Notice re: COVID-19

Franklin County Probate Court: New Process for Marriage Licenses – Effective 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020


Tenth District Court of Appeals:

In-person oral arguments resume September 22, 2020:

The Court is resuming oral arguments in person beginning on September 22, 2020. See Journal Entry 20AP-01 (August 10, 2020). Once the Court resumes oral arguments in person, the Court will consider requests for accommodations or continuances as determined appropriate for COVID-19 based on the Court's COVID-19 Accommodations Policy. Click here to download the Court's "What to Expect with In-Person Oral Arguments" info sheet.

8-10-2020 journal entry from the Tenth District Court of Appeals addressing the court’s response to the Covid-19 emergency

Notes from Administrative Judge Dorrian on Oral Arguments, 6-25-20:

First, the judges voted to resume automatically scheduling cases for oral argument unless waived by a party pursuant to Local Rule 11. (Remember that in March, upon Governor's declaration of public health emergency, we had temporarily modified that rule to submit cases on briefs only unless a party requested oral argument.) We already started automatically scheduling oral argument for the week of July 14 and going forward.

Second, the judges voted to conduct remote oral arguments with video as well as audio. This will begin the week of July 7. This is when we will be able to implement Zoom Webinar with video as our platform for remote oral arguments. We have been testing this in the last couple weeks.

Third, the judges voted to resume in-person oral arguments the week of August 25, 2020 unless public health circumstances or guidelines require otherwise - in which case we will notify the parties. Until then, we will continue to conduct oral argument remotely.

6-15-2020 journal entry from the Tenth District Court of Appeals addressing the court’s response to the Covid-19 emergency

Tenth District Court of Appeals Offering Pre-Notice of Appeal Mediation Services (5-21-20)

4-16-2020 journal entry from the Tenth District Court of Appeals addressing the court’s response to the Covid-19 emergency

Tenth District Court of Appeals Operations During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

 

See Also:

Ohio Court Update: The Impact of COVID-19 (compiled by Bricker & Eckler LLP)