The news has been coming fast about which courts are closed, which are limiting trials and hearings and which are operating as usual. It’s a little overwhelming and difficult to keep up with. Here’s a rundown of what's current as of June 1, 2020. Follow the link for each court for more information.

The Supreme Court of Ohio has a complete list of orders for each county here.

New July 15 - Jury trials have again been postponed in Hamilton County due to a new surge in COVID-19 cases. No news on when they might resume.

New June 22 - Jury trials are set to resume in Hamilton County on July 13.

New June 1 - Hamilton County Common Pleas and Municipal Jury Trials postponed until after July 1, face coverings continue to be required, along with health screenings and temperature checks.

First District Court of Appeals - In-person Oral Arguments have resumed.

New May 8 - Clermont County Municipal Court has new operating hours. The traffic, criminal and civil divisions will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The courthouse will be open to law enforcement officials and people posting bonds every day of the week from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

New April 29 - Current restrictions at the Hamilton County Courthouse are extended through June 1. Anyone entering the building will now be required to wear masks.

New April 15 - Supreme Court of Ohio issues tolling guidance for Supreme Court matters

New April 7 - Temperature checks will be required of the public and all staff for entry into the Hamilton County Courthouse

New March 30 - The Supreme Court of Ohio issued an order delaying several legal deadlines. Follow this link to find out more.

Hamilton County Courts, Common Pleas, Small Claims and Municipal:

Jury trials have again been postponed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Hamilton County Juvenile Court: 

Hearings for cases concerning the safety and well-being of children will continue as normal. These include cases that address shelter, hearings for residents at the Youth Center, medical emergencies, juvenile protection orders and children alleged to be in immediate danger.

All hearings will take place at 800 Broadway and the elderly, immunosuppressed or those exhibinting signs of illness are asked to stay at home. Reasonable accommodations will be made during this time for those unable to attend.

All private delinquency and unruly complaints will be filed at the Clerk’s Office on the first floor of 800 Broadway.

Hamilton County Probate Court:

Resumption of In-Person Hearings

Given the recent modification of the “Stay at Home” order issued by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Governor, the Hamilton County Probate Court will begin to conduct in-person hearings on May 4, 2020 subject to the following conditions:

1. If a party or attorney is ill, has a fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, chills, sneezing or other symptom consistent with having the COVID -19 virus, the Court will continue the hearing. The party and /or attorney should contact the court to reschedule the hearing.

2. If a party or attorney resides in a household with, has been a caretaker for, or has knowledge that they have been exposed to anyone with the COVID-19 virus within the two weeks preceding the hearing, the Court will continue the hearing.  The party and/or attorney should contact the court to reschedule the hearing.

3. If a party or attorney is in an “at-risk” group of contracting the COVID-19 virus due to age or other underlying health reason and does not desire to attend the hearing, the Court will continue the hearing. The party and/or attorney should contact the court to reschedule the hearing.

4. If a party or attorney resides in another state and attendance at the hearing would require air travel or would require violation of any “Stay at Home” or similar order in effect in that state, the Court will continue the hearing.  The party and/or attorney should contact the court to reschedule the hearing.

5. Social distancing will be practiced in the courtrooms. As a result, the number of persons allowed into the courtroom will be limited to the applicant, fiduciary (if applicable) and attorney(s). Friends and family members will not be granted access.

6. Due to the social distancing requirement, parties should arrive on the 10th floor no more than 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of their hearing.

7. Due to the social distancing requirement, hearings involving numerous parties, witnesses, and/or exhibits that are to be introduced into evidence should be continued. The party and/or attorney should contact the court if this restriction applies.

8. The use of masks while at the court is strongly encouraged.   Hearing participants may be asked to wash their hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer prior to entering the courtroom.

Butler County:

All jury trials have been canceled and as many cases as possible are being moved. Court administration is working to a create video arraignment system. Judges are restricting dockets for essential cases, such as pleas and sentencing.

Clermont County: 

All jury trials have been postponed. People summoned for jury duty during this time should not report to the courthouse. As many pretrial matters as possible in criminal cases – including review hearings and scheduling hearings – will be handled by telephone or videoconferencing, as authorized by the assigned judge.

First District Court of Appeals:

The Court remains open and filing deadlines remain intact. Oral arguments have resumed. The Clerk’s office if open in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals:

Oral arguments are taking place remotely. The Clerk’s Office is functioning normally. The requirement that non-prisoner pro se litigants file exclusively in paper format is temporarily suspended. During this limited time, non-prisoner pro se litigants may e-mail documents in PDF format to the following email box, and those documents will be processed in the normal course:

Supreme Court of Ohio:

Some deadlines have been extended. The building is open only to those who have time-sensitive business with the Court. The Clerk’s Office is open.

Supreme Court of the United States:

Filing deadlines remain intact. The building is open for official business only. Oral Arguments are taking place remotely.