Jury trials at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court will resume on April 26, 2021. The Court continues to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and is taking every safety precaution.
Any juror scheduled to report beginning April 26 should call the number on their summons the evening before their report date to determine if the trial they are scheduled for is moving forward (more information below).
Grand juries continue to meet.
Public access to the Justice Center is limited to the Ontario Street entrance only. Anyone seeking entrance to the Justice Center is subject to a digital temperature scan and must wear a mask. Click here for COVID-19 information.
The Court is open for civil and criminal matters, and we are utilizing remote services unless otherwise directed. All persons entering the Justice Center are required to wear a face covering while in the building and must follow all COVID-19 safety protocols, including social distancing. Only two people are permitted on an elevator at a time.
Once trials resume, jurors will report to the Global Center for Health Innovation across the street from the Justice Center (Ontario entrance). Trial jurors are to call 216-698-2977 after 4:30pm the day before your summons date to determine if you need to report in person. Jurors will be asked to report based on a “draw number” range. The draw number is located on the summons following the four-digit date in this format, xx/xx-draw number.
If you are called for grand jury, report to the Global Center For Health Innovation across the street from the Justice Center.
The Court asked retired Cleveland TV investigative reporter Paul Orlousky to explain the measures we have taken to protect the safety of jurors.
Court Safety Protocols
Retired Cleveland TV investigative reporter Paul Orlousky looks at what steps the Court has been taken to protect the general public from COVID-19 if you need to be at the Justice Center.
Court Offers Help In Scheduling Vaccines
The Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court is offering assistance to Justice Center visitors who have not yet signed up for their COVID-19 vaccines. The Court’s Resource Center on the 4th floor has internet access, and Justice Center visitors can use our computers to register for available vaccinations. There will be signs at the Ontario Street entrance to the Justice Center and in the probation offices to let people know about the assistance. Resource Center staff will be available to answer any questions.
The Court’s Resource Center on the 4th floor will help Justice Center visitors register for available vaccinations.
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