Cleveland Municipal Court, Housing Court rescheduling non-criminal and civil cases to slow COVID-19

Posted at 5:11 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 09:04:11-04

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Municipal Court will be rescheduling all non-jail criminal and traffic hearing to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Earlier this week, Governor Mike DeWine issued an order banning gatherings of 100 people or more in a single room or a single space, but public buildings such as the Cuyahoga County Justice Center were excluded.

The court stated that due to the "volume of people that the Cleveland Municipal Court serves on a daily basis warrants actions on the behalf of the court."

According to the court, arraignments, trials and pre-trials as well as all civil matters will be rescheduled for the next three weeks.

By doing so, the court hopes to limit the amount of foot traffic inside the Justice Center.

You can check the court date schedule by clicking, here.

Jail cases that were already scheduled, including arraignments for both felony and misdemeanor crimes and misdemeanor pre-trials and trials that currently have a defendant in jail will still be heard, the court states.

“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,” court officials said in a statement. “We are continuously assessing the situation to determine if additional precautions are necessary.”

Cleveland Municipal Housing Court

Civil cases that were first-cause/eviction hearings will go on as scheduled. All other civil matters are canceled and will be rescheduled.

“This policy concerning evictions is fluid and will continue to be monitored”, said Judge W. Moná Scott.