At a meeting held on Thursday, January 20, the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judges voted to follow the current Administrative Order and allow trials to resume on Monday, February 7. The Administrative Order was issued after a previous vote of the Judges which postponed trials through Friday, February 4, due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.
“Medical experts feel the latest wave of COVID cases has peaked and is, hopefully, on the decline,” says Administrative and Presiding Judge Brendan J. Sheehan. “When combined with the many health measures we already have in place, we are confident that our Court can safely resume jury trials on February 7.”
Until March 18, the Court will only schedule cases where the defendant is currently in jail. The Court recognizes that these cases have been particularly impacted by the delays that COVID-19 has caused.
“Every case before the Court is important, and we understand the frustration that all parties are experiencing,” adds Judge Sheehan. “But for the short term, we need to address the cases that also impact a person’s immediate liberty.”
Keeping juror health a priority, jurors will continue to report to the fourth floor of the Global Center, across Ontario Street from the Justice Center. Jurors will also continue to call the number on their summons the evening before they report to confirm that they must appear.