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Cleveland Municipal Court Rescheduling All Matters before the Court except Jail Cases in Response to Coronavirus Threat

Mar 13, 2020
Contact:  Ed Ferenc, Public Information Officer                                   

Cleveland Municipal Court
216 664 6787 / 216 789 2597
ference@cmcoh.org     www.cmcoh.org

Governor DeWine has banned all gatherings of 100 people or more due to the coronavirus threat in an effort to prevent “community spread” of the virus. Currently, the ban does not include public buildings, office environments or places where it is unusual for a large number of people to be within arm’s length of each other.

However, the volume of people that the Cleveland Municipal Court serves on a daily basis warrants action on behalf of the Court.

In an effort to prevent “community spread” of the coronavirus and for the safety of the people who appear before the General Division of the Court and our employees, the Court is rescheduling all non-jail criminal/traffic hearings (including all arraignments, trials and pretrials) and all civil matters for the next three weeks. (The week of March 16, March 23 and March 30). This directive will reduce the amount of people coming into the Justice Center.

All rescheduled dates will be on the Court’s public access website.

It is important that the Cleveland Municipal Court continues to administer justice during this time. As such, we will continue to hear all jail cases as previously scheduled (this includes all jail arraignments for felony and misdemeanor defendants and misdemeanor pretrials and trials where the defendant is in jail).

For emergency matters that need immediate attention, please contact the Judge assigned to your case or the Administrative and Presiding Judge, Judge Michelle D. Earley.

As is the practice of the Court, we will continue to make every effort to minimize the number of Cleveland prisoners in the county jail, to the extent that the safety of the community or the alleged victim, if any, is not jeopardized.

We are continuously assessing the situation to determine if additional precautions are necessary.

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