Administrative Order issued 3-31-20 (extending 3/16/2020 order)
Administrative Order issued 4-28-20 (extending 3/16/2020 order)
Justice Center Building Access/Health Screenings
Face coverings MUST be worn inside the Justice Center. If a person arrives without face covering, a mask will be provided.
Members of the public can enter the Justice Center only through the Ontario Street doors where they will have their temperature taken and will be asked a series of COVID-19 questions. Once cleared, they will be given a colored wristband to allow movement within the building. Members of the public will then be directed to lines dedicated to their destinations.
Only two people will be allowed on the elevators at one time, and the elevator floors have markings for where to stand. Persons seeking access to the first through fourth floors of the Justice Center will be required to use the escalators, unless they are physically unable to do so.
The fourth floor cafeteria and patio remain closed, and restrooms are limited to one person at a time. Children will not be permitted on the courtroom floors, and it is strongly suggested that children wait outside the Justice Center with another caregiver adult.
Courtrooms will be limited to 15 people, not including Court and county staff. Anyone visiting floors above the first floor will be required to sign in for contact tracing purposes if necessary.
Hearings will continue to be held by video conference or phone whenever possible to limit the number of people in the Justice Center.
Court Safety Protocols
The Court asked retired Cleveland TV investigative reporter Paul Orlousky to look at what steps have been taken to protect the public from COVID-19 as in-person hearings resume.
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- The Court is open, with jury trials being scheduled for in the Justice Center and the Global Center for Health Innovation.
- Criminal arraignments will be held by video for incarcerated individuals whenever possible
- Civil and criminal proceedings may be conducted via telephone or video conferencing at the discretion of each individual judge
- All individuals, including Court judicial officers and personnel, are subject to available health screening or testing and may be excluded from admission to the Justice Center based upon the results of such screening. Face coverings are required.
Trials and Juries
The Common Pleas Court Judges allowed jury trials to resume on Monday, September 21, 2020. This includes both criminal and civil trials. Jurors will report to the Global Center for Health Innovation (across Ontario Street) to sign in for service.
Jurors summoned for service are to call after 4:30pm the day before their summons date to determine if they need to report in person to the Global Center. The number is 216-698-2977. For more information on the new juror reporting procedures, click here
Modifications have been made in our Adult Probation Department.
- The West Side Office has re-opened for service
- All probation reporting is being done by telephone, unless otherwise instructed by the Probation Officer
- All probationers are to contact their Probation Officer for additional guidance
- Online payments can be made here
Modifications have been made in our Magistrates Department. Please click here to access the information.
The Dispute Resolution Department continues to hold all scheduled mediations. In accordance with the Court’s Order and recommended social distancing guidelines, the mediators will be conducting all mediations by either video or telephone conference. Counsel for the parties will receive e-mail notification providing details on how to connect for the mediation.
The Department is utilizing Zoom as the primary option for video conferencing. This platform allows participants to appear by video, which is preferred, but also includes a phone-in option. All platforms offer virtual “break out” rooms which provide confidential communication with the mediator and confidential communication between attorney and client.
In accordance with the Court’s Order, the department is working remotely as much as possible. The best way to communicate with your mediator is by e-mail:
Rebecca Wetzel: CPRBW@cuyahogacounty.us
Michael Biglow: email@example.com
General Mailbox: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to working with the parties to help resolve your disputes and to provide the opportunity to discuss your case while protecting everyone’s health and safety.
Scammers are contacting people claiming to be tracing COVID-19 contacts. While legitimate health agencies, including the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Cleveland Department of Public Health are calling people to complete contact tracing, they will never ask for your Social Security or Bank Account information. Do not click on links or respond to texts saying you have been exposed to COVID-19. Please report suspicious calls or texts to http://ConsumerAffairs.CuyahogaCounty.US or call 216-443-SCAM.