Coronavirus Resources

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Court System COVID-19 Playbook (11/24/20)

In re Administration of Remote February 23 and 24, 2021 Ohio Bar Examination and Courtesy Seating (11/19/20)

In re Temporary Waiver of the Self-Study Cap for Judges, Magistrates, and Attorneys in the 2020/2021 Continuing-Legal Education ("ClE") Compliance Period (10/16/20)

In re Temporary Waiver of Gov.Bar R. X(6)(A) and Appendix I, Reg. 406(A) to Allow Attorneys to Recieve Continuing-Legal Education ("CLE") Credit for Undergoing Training and Serving as Precinct Election Officials Related to General Election Day 2020 (Tuesday, Nov. 3) (8/5/20)

HHS/CDC Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions (11/3/20)

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LAW LIBRARY CLOSED TO PUBLIC

The Library is still offering reference assistance via Ask-A-Librarian, or you can email the reference staff directly at libref@sc.ohio.gov.

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ODH recommends that courts should:

  • Emphasize respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees at all times;
  • Encourage employees with symptoms of acute respiratory illness to stay home and to notify a supervisor if the employee or an employee’s family member has been tested for or exposed to COVID-19;
  • Place posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene at the entrance to your workplace and in other areas where they are likely to be seen;
  • Maintain adequate supplies of soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs in the workplace and in places where the general public is found;
  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces, such as countertops, doorknobs, workstations, courtrooms, and office equipment;
  • Plan for the cancelling of large in-person meetings, training, and non-essential travel; and
  • Implement plans to continue essential court functions with limited resources should you operate with higher than usual absenteeism or if critical supply chains are interrupted.

Questions about COVID-19? Visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1.833.4ASKODH (1.833.427.5634) for answers.

Ohio Courts will remain open to fulfill their constitutional and statutory responsibilities. However, as the limitations on social interactions in public spaces continue to expand to address the spread of COVID-19, nearly all courts have modified their procedures. Court operations have been modified, and many courts have significantly limited in-person interactions. Click the button below to review local court orders affecting your jurisdiction, and be sure to check the court's website for additional instructions before heading to the courthouse.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM CHIEF JUSTICE MAUREEN O'CONNOR

Date Subject
10/28/20 COVID-19 Guidance Regarding COVID-19 Spike
10/28/20 Speedy Trial Requirements
Attachment: Ohio Attorney General Opinion No. 2020-002
9/28/20 Ohio Virtual Courtroom Directory
Attachment: Virtual Public Access to Ohio Court Proceedings
9/4/20 CDC Order on Evictions
Attachment: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Halts Evictions Until 2021
7/13/20 Tolling Legislation and Court Order
6/19/20 Foreclosure and Civil Justice Report and Recommendations
Attachment: Foreclosure & Civil Justice Report and Recommendations
5/7/20 Updated Guidance for the Courts of Ohio
Attachment: Responsible RestartOhio Court Access
4/28/20 COVID-19 Pandemic Updated Guidance for the Courts of Ohio
3/27/20 Supreme Court of Ohio Tolling Order
Attachment: In re Tolling of Time Requirements Imposed by Rules Promulgated by the Supreme Court and Use of Technology
3/26/20 COVID-19 Legislation
3/20/20 Pandemic Update and Materials
Attachment: Supreme Court of Ohio Guidance to Local Courts COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
3/13/20 Critical Event Preparation and Response for Local Courts
Attachment: Supreme Court of Ohio Critical Event Preparation and Response for Local Courts

SUPREME COURT ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS

Date Order Summary
11/19/20 Administrative Actions, 2020-Ohio-5354 In re Administration of Remote February 23 and 24, 2021 Ohio Bar Examination and Courtesy Seating
10/16/20 Administrative Actions, 2020-Ohio-4946 In re Temporary Waiver of the Self-Study Cap for Judges, Magistrates, and Attorneys in the 2020/2021 Continuing-Legal Education ("ClE") Compliance Period
8/5/20 Administrative Actions, 2020-Ohio-3948 In re Temporary Waiver of Gov.Bar R. X(6)(A) and Appendix I, Reg. 406(A) to Allow Attorneys to Recieve Continuing-Legal Education ("CLE") Credit for Undergoing Training and Serving as Precinct Election Officials Related to General Election Day 2020
7/31/20 Administrative Actions, 2020-Ohio-3861 In re Use of Technology and Remote Administration of Oaths and Affirmations
7/22/20 Administrative Actions, 2020-Ohio-3800 In re Postponement of In-Person September 9-10, 2020 Ohio Bar Examination and Administration of Remote October 5-6, 2020 Bar Examination; Deadlines; Practice Pending Admission
7/22/20 Administrative Actions, 2020-Ohio-3799 In re Temporary Waiver of Gov.Bar R. X(6)(A) and Appendix I, Reg. 406(A) to Allow Attorneys to Receive Continuing-Legal-Education ("CLE") Credit for Undergoing Training and Serving as Precinct Election Officials Related to General Election Day 2020 (Tuesday, Nov. 3)
6/8/20 Administrative Actions, 2020-Ohio-3226 In re Notary Requirements for Domestic-Relations, Juvenile, General, and Probate Forms
6/3/20 Administrative Actions, 2020-Ohio-3155 In re Remote Administration of Oaths and Affirmations
5/21/20 Administrative Actions, 2020-Ohio-3048 In re Waiver of the Self-Study Cap for Judges, Magistrates, and Attorneys in the 2019/2020 Compliance Period, and Waiver of Application Fees for COVID-19 Related Continuing Legal Education Programs
5/15/20 Administrative Actions, 2020-Ohio-2975 Order Nunc Pro Tunc: In re Tolling of Time Requirements Imposed by Rules Promulgated by the Supreme Court and Use of Technology
5/14/20 Administrative Actions, 2020-Ohio-2954 In re July 2020 Bar Examination and Expansion of Practice Pending Admission during the Admission to the Practice of Law Process
4/14/20 Administrative Actions, 2020-Ohio-1461 In re Application of the Rules of Practice of the Supreme Court of Ohio
3/27/20 Administrative Actions, 2020-Ohio-1166 In re Tolling of Time Requirements Imposed by Rules Promulgated by the Supreme Court and Use of Technology

GUBERNATORIAL EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND OHIO DEPT. OF HEALTH ORDERS

Date Order Summary
11/19/20 Dept. of Health Order Director's Stay At Home Tonight Order
11/16/20 Dept. of Health Order Revised Order to Limit and/or Prohibit Mass Gatherings in the State of Ohio, With Exceptions
7/8/20 Dept. of Health Order Mandates face coverings in public in all counties that are designated as a Red Alert Level 3 Public Health Emergency or a Purple Alert Level 4 Public Health Emergency
5/7/20 Exec. Order 2020-18D Suspends statutory procedure for adoption of administrative rules to allow for immediate filling of emergency rule amendmentd by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services
5/1/20 Dept. of Health Order Third stay-at-home-order
4/2/20 Dept. of Health Order Second stay-at-home order
4/1/20 Dept. of Health Order Orders performance of COVID-19 testing
4/1/20 Exec. Order 2020-08D Requests commercial landlords and lenders suspend or delay commercial evictions and foreclosures
3/22/20 Dept. of Health Order First stay-at-home order
3/17/20 Dept. of Health Order Limits and prohibits mass gatherings of 50 persons and closes venues in the state
3/15/20 Dept. of Health Order Limits access to Ohio jails and detention facilities
3/14/20 Exec. Order 2020-02D Suspends statutory procedure for adoption of administrative rules to allow for immediate filling of emergency rule amendments by the Department of Job and Family Services
3/14/20 Dept. of Health Order Limits or prohibits gatherings of 100 persons
3/14/20 Exec. Order 2020-01D Declares the Coronavirus State of Emergency

RESOURCES FOR COURTS

Court System COVID-19 Playbook (11/24/20)

Jury Trials

General Resources

Judicial & Administrative Orders

Preparing for a Public Health Emergency

Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)

Specialized Dockets Resources

Dispute Resolution

Domestic Relations Courts

Juvenile Courts

Probate Courts

Mayor's Courts

Ohio Judicial College and National Education

Funding Opportunities

RESOURCES FOR ATTORNEYS & LITIGANTS

Legal aid assistance remains open; however, in person services are limited.  Be sure to check with the organization’s website before going there.

GENERAL RESOURCES

Attorneys

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Domestic Violence

Interstate Commission for Adult Offenders

Justice Management Institute

Ohio Department of Education

Ohio Department of Health

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Ohio Department of Youth Services

Ohio Public Defender

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

World Health Organization

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