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TBA Response to Novel Coronavirus
Friday, March 27, 2020 – Toledo Bar Association

Updates from the Courts

The TBA is in communication with local courts, notifying members and the public of updates within the courts due to COVID-19. Please continue to refer to our website at www.toledobar.org/covid19 for the most recent update.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio - Closed to the Public, Official Business Authorized
  • ALL COURTHOUSES OF THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO, SHALL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL MAY 1, 2020.  ONLY PERSONS HAVING OFFICIAL BUSINESS AUTHORIZED BY THIS GENERAL ORDER OR BY A PRESIDING JUDGE, INCLUDING CREDENTIALED MEDIA, MAY ENTER COURTHOUSE PROPERTY.  THIS APPLIES TO ALL DIVISIONAL LOCATIONS
  • CIVIL CASES:
    1. No jury trial will be commenced before May 1, 2020.  Any trial dates currently scheduled during that period are vacated.
    2. All scheduled civil matters will be conducted by telephone or video conference unless otherwise canceled by the assigned judge.  This applies to motion hearings, case management conferences, pretrial conferences, settlement conferences, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) proceedings.   
  •  CRIMINAL CASES: 
    Due to the Court’s reduced ability to obtain an adequate spectrum of jurors and the effect of the public health recommendations on the availability of counsel and court staff to be present in the courtroom, the time period of the continuances implemented by the General Order will be excluded under Speedy Trial Act, as the Court specifically finds that the ends of justice served by ordering the continuances outweigh the interest of the public and any defendant’s right to a speedy trial pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 3161(h)(7)(A).  Accordingly, 
    1. No jury trial will be commenced before May 1, 2020.  Any trial dates currently scheduled during that period are vacated. 
    2. Initial appearances, arraignments, and detention hearings will proceed and will be conducted by telephone or video conference where practicable. 
    3. Criminal pretrials with defense counsel and United States attorneys may proceed, but by telephone only. 
    4. Criminal sentencings are postponed and will not proceed unless the defendant is in custody and (a) the presiding judge determines that an imposed sentence would be equal to or less than the time in which the defendant has been in pretrial custody; or (b) where the presiding judge determines that there is a liberty interest, public safety, or other case-specific compelling reason that makes an immediate sentencing necessary. 
    5. Change of plea hearings will not proceed.  To the extent possible and with the agreement of the defendant, after filing a notice to enter an open guilty plea or plea agreement signed by the defendant and/or defense counsel, the taking of the plea of guilty and the sentencing shall be consolidated for a date after the presentence report has been prepared. 
    6. All grand jury proceedings are suspended until May 1, 2020, unless absolutely necessary and with the approval of the Chief Judge. 
    7. All in-person re-entry court sessions are suspended until May 1, 2020. 
    8. All petty offense (CVB) proceedings are suspended until May 1, 2020. 
    9. Consistent with recently implemented procedures, all detainees, upon arrival at a courthouse and before appearance in court, will undergo screening for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19 contamination.  Such screening will be administered by and/or at the direction of the United States Marshals Service (USMS) or its agencies or designees.  The presiding judge must be notified if the detainee exhibits risk factors and will have the discretion to order the detainee returned to the facility from which they came.   
  • OTHER: 
    1. All mass public gatherings are suspended, including, but not limited to, group tours and visits, moot courts and mock trials, bar group meetings, seminars, and naturalization ceremonies. 
    2. All employees of the District Court are directed to telework through May 1, 2020, except when directed by their supervisors/judges to report to the courthouse to perform essential functions. 
    3. The Clerk’s Office intake windows will be closed.  Electronic filings may still be made through the CM/ECF system.  For those without access to CM/ECF, documents may be submitted by mail, or in the event of an emergency, may be submitted by email to:  EmergencyFiling@ohnd.uscourts.gov.  All emergency filings must include an email address and phone number where the filer may be reached.  Filings submitted by mail and email will be processed each business day.  Mail will be received and processed each 
    4. business day.  Clerk’s Office staff will be available by telephone from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each business day as follows: 
    Akron: (330) 252-6020 Cleveland: (216) 357-7011 Toledo: (419) 213-5521 Youngstown: (330) 884-7420 
     
    Payments by attorneys using the CM/ECF system will be processed via credit card utilizing Pay.gov.  Payments by check or money order will be accepted by mail and will be processed when received. 
     
    Cash payments will not be accepted during this period.  Any pro se litigant filing a case via email who cannot secure a check or money order should submit his or her filing by mail, and the Clerk’s Office will send a notice directing payment be submitted after courthouses reopen.  
     
    The Court will vacate or amend this Amended General Order no later than May 1, 2020. 
  • Order: 3/23/2020

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio at Toledo - Closed to the General Public, Official Business Authorized
In response to the pandemic spread of COVID-19, the court has issued General Order 20-03 Temporary Filing Procedures, effective 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020, signed by Chief Judge Mary Ann Whipple on March 23, 2020. General Order 20-03 closes divisional offices, including the intake desks to the general public.

The General Order has been posted on the website here on 3/23/2020.

Sixth District Court of Appeals 
  • Pursuant to and in furtherance of the Ohio Department of Health's Stay at Home Order, the Clerks of Court throughout the Sixth District Court of Appeals are authorized to accept notices of appeal, appellate briefs and other documents in appeals or original actions, currently prohibited by the Local Rules of the Sixth District Court of Appeals, for filing via facsimile and/or email until further order of the Court.
  • Press Release/Order: 3/24/2020

Lucas County Court of Common Pleas - General Division - Open with Restrictions

Commencing on April 6, 2020, the 10 Courts comprising the Lucas County Common Pleas Courts General Division, located in the Lucas County Courthouse will close daily at noon until further notice.

A Duties Judge will be available each workday from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM. Contact the Lucas County Court Administrator's Office for the identity and location of the Duties Judge.

This order does not apply or impact the Domestic Relations, Juvenile, or Probate Court divisions.

Be further advised that each individual Court has the discretion to only be available by phone and/or email in the morning hours as well. Concerned parties should contact each individual Court at the contact information options listed below.

  •  Judge G. Cook’s arraignment docket will be held on Wednesday mornings, 9:00AM.

  •  Judge S. Cook’s arraignment docket remains on Wednesday morning, 9:00AM.

  •  Judge L. Jennings’s arraignment docket is moved to Wednesday mornings, 9:00AM.

  •  Judge M Goulding’s arraignment docket is moved to Friday mornings, 9:00,AM.

  •  Judge M. Duhart‘s arraignment docket remains on Tuesday morning, 9:00AM.

  •  Judge I. English’s arraignment docket is moved to Thursday mornings, 9:00AM.

  •  Judge D. Mandros’ arraignment docket is moved to Thursday mornings, 9:00AM.

  •  Judge L. Navarre‘s arraignment docket remains on Tuesday morning, 9:00AM.

  •  Judge J. McNamara‘s arraignment docket is moved to Friday mornings,9:00AM.

  •  Judge A. Gonzalez‘s arraignment docket remains on Thursday morning, 9:00AM.

These time and date changes remain in effect until further notice.


Administrative Judge of the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, in consultation with the other Judges of the General Division, hereby issues the following TEMPORARY ORDERS; (Note:  these orders do not apply or impact the Domestic Relations, Juvenile, or Probate Court Divisions)
Civil Proceedings:
  • No jurors will be summoned for civil trials through May 4, 2020. Parties may proceed with a bench trial after consultation and approval of the assigned Judge.
  • The parties are ORDERED to continue with good faith efforts to resolve all issues by the originally assigned trial date.
  • All settlement pre-trials are ORDERED to be conducted by teleconferencing on the scheduled settlement pre-trial date. Parties should contact the assigned Judge’s civil bailiff to coordinate conferencing efforts.
  • If litigants have a trial date set between the date of this Order and May 4, 2020, and no other scheduled hearing date before the trial date, all parties are ORDERED to contact the appropriate civil bailiff no later than seven (7) days before the scheduled trial date.
  • If litigants have any other (non-trial) hearing scheduled prior to May 4, 2020 they are instructed to contact the appropriate civil bailiff no later than seven (7) days before the scheduled hearing date. Parties should expect their hearing to be rescheduled.
  • All initial pre-trials are ORDERED to be conducted by telephone or the court will issue a scheduling order to the parties by its own Order.
  • Discovery should continue as normal. Depositions are recommended to be conducted by video link when possible, but left to the agreement of the parties. If the parties cannot agree, they are ORDERED to present this disagreement to the assigned Judge, with the expectation that the court will grant a continuance of the deposition if there is no agreement by the parties, unless circumstances warrant otherwise.
  • All civil filings not currently exempted by Local Rule 10 are encouraged to be E-filed.
  • Hearings regarding Temporary Restraining Orders will still be adjudicated and Cognovite notes will still be processed.
  • Proceedings in Aid will continue to be processed, but all debtor exams are hereby continued until after May 4, 2020.  Contact the assigned judge as to the new exam date.
  • All cases currently scheduled for mediation between the date of this Order and May 4, 2020 are hereby canceled, subject to being rescheduled.  Parties are instructed to contact the assigned judge for further instructions.

    Criminal Proceedings:
  • No jurors will be summoned for out-of-custody defendants and their trial date UNLESS there are speedy trial issues. The Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office, through its assigned assistant prosecutors, is responsible for accurate calculation of the remaining time left on each individual case regarding speedy trial deadlines.
  • If a defendant's speedy trial rights expire less than fifteen (15) days after the scheduled trial date, both defense counsel and the assigned assistant prosecutor are ORDERED to appear before the assigned Judge for an attorney-only pre-trial to discuss relevant dates as soon as practicable, but in no event less than seven (7) days before the scheduled trial date. All parties are ORDERED to continue good faith discussions working toward resolution of all issues.

  • The trial dates of all defendants held in-custody or out on bond are ORDERED MAINTAINED. The assigned lawyers are ORDERED to appear before the designated Judge for an attorney-only pre-trial as soon as practicable to discuss scheduling. Be advised that if speedy trial constraints allow, the presently set trial date may be continued.

  • The public health emergency identified herein may be considered to be a finding of good cause for the granting of a continuance of jury trials, court trials, and hearings as deemed necessary by each Judge on a case-by-case basis.

  • Court proceedings are open to the public. Victims, defendants and all parties are permitted by law to have friends, family, and the press present for these proceedings. However, because of the declared State of Emergency, it is appropriate and strongly encouraged that the lawyers aligned with these parties discourage the appearance in court of nonessential observers. Any non-party exhibiting signs of illness is subject to being removed from the courthouse.

  • The court is in the process of increasing its capacity to have video hearings between inmates held in the Lucas County Corrections Center and the court. This is an ongoing process and attorneys will be updated as to details. When fully operational it is the ORDER of the court that official court proceedings between inmates in the Lucas County Corrections Center and the court may be conducted by video conferencing and on the record.

  • All payments ordered in criminal cases (court costs, restitution) are stayed until May 4, 2020.  Individuals are prohibited from coming to court to make in-person payments. 
  • Press Release/Court Order - 3/16/2020
  • Press Release/Court Order - 3/20/2020

Lucas County Court of Common Pleas - Domestic Relations - Open with Restrictions
  • All hearings and Court Counseling appointments currently scheduled are suspended due to public health concerns. This includes but is not limited to all case proceedings, motion hearings, pre-trials, firm trials, and mediations. The court remains open for the filing of new Domestic Violence CPO petitions, the DV Center on the second floor will continue operations. The court will extend deadlines for responsive pleadings, briefs, and other filings, including the 90 day hearing deadline for Petitions for Dissolution. The court will issue a detailed, blanket order extending all deadlines at a future date.   Court personnel will contact you to reschedule at a later date. The court anticipates the suspension of dockets will continue to at least April 6, 2020, and will strive to keep you informed. The suspensions are necessary to ensure the health and safety of staff, parties, attorneys, and the general public.   If you have any questions, you may contact the Court Administrator’s Office at 419-213-6860.
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    Lucas County Court of Common Pleas - Drug Court  - Open with Restrictions
    • Suspended in-person appearances as of March 12, 2020 through March 31, 2020
    • Suspended all in-person group programs at the Adult Probation Department as of March 12, 2020
    • Press Release/Court Order - 3/12/2020


    Lucas County Juvenile Court - Open with Restrictions
    • The following Juvenile Court Programs are canceled until further notice: 
       • Pro Se Legal Clinics 
      • Safety Council Youth Driving Program
      • Carteens
      • All CASA trainings held at the Juvenile Court 
      • Family Navigators/Center for Hope
      • VIP (Very Important Parent) classes  
      Juvenile Detention Center and Youth Treatment Center: 
      • As of March 13, 2020 all visitation with youth is suspended.
      • Any outside volunteers, groups, etc., entering either of the facilities have also been suspended.
      • Attorneys and Parents can contact youth via telephone.  Please call (419) 213-6723 or (419) 213-6724.
      Juvenile Clerk’s Office:
    • As of March 13, 2020, the Juvenile Clerk’s Office is rescheduling/postponing some hearings.  If you have a scheduled hearing at Juvenile Court between March 13, 2020 and June 1, 2020 and it is postponed, you will receive a notice with a new hearing date in the mail. 
      • Any cases being postponed are those in which statutory time frames and public safety are not an issue.
      • The following hearings will NOT be postponed at this time: o Dependency, Neglect and Abuses cases filed by Lucas County Children Services; o Detention Hearings; o Domestic Violence Hearings; o Community Detention Hearings.
      • If you need to file something at Lucas County Juvenile Court, it can be faxed to (419) 213-6933 or submitted through the “Contact Us” option available on the Juvenile Court website.
      • All Lucas County Juvenile Court forms and filings are available online at the Juvenile Court website under Forms, Filings & Various Filing Instructions.   
      • Lucas County Juvenile Court’s Filing Fee Schedule is available on the Juvenile Court website. Update: 3/18/2020 
      • Filing Fees can be paid online at the Juvenile Court website at www.co.lucas.oh.us/204/Juvenile-Court.
      • If you are financially unable to pay a filing fee you can submit a Motion for Waiver of Filing Fee with Affidavit of Indigency (Form #76710) with your filing. 
      • If you owe Fines and/or Court Costs, you can pay online at the Juvenile Court website at www.co.lucas.oh.us/204/Juvenile-Court. 
      • The Lucas County Juvenile Clerk’s Office is no longer accepting child support payments until further notice.  If you need to make a payment on your child support please check with the Lucas County Child Support Enforcement Agency (LCCSEA).  Information on how to make an online payment and/or where you can mail a payment can be found on the Lucas County website at https://www.co.lucas.oh.us/661/Payments 
      Probation Department:
      • Daily operations will proceed as usual. Officers will be available via phone during business hours.
      • Officers will maintain regular contact with parents regarding court involved youth via phone.
      • Home visits with clients are suspended until further notice.
      • Office visits are suspended until further notice.
      • Officers may make contact with youth and parents within the community (i.e. programming, prosocial activities, community centers, etc.) Please speak with your child’s officer for more information.
      • Interviews/assessments/reports will be conducted over the phone with youth and parents.
      • Officers will make contact with assigned youth in JDC or YTC via phone.
      • Parents should speak with your child’s Officer regarding court hearings, resource staffings, and other programming held at the court.
      • If your child is in a treatment home please speak with your child’s Officer for information regarding visits and contact. 
      Workforce Development Program:
      • Please contact Amanda O’Neill, Workforce Development Coordinator, at (419) 213-6658 to determine if your child will be scheduled to work. 
      Misdemeanor Services: 
      • Misdemeanor Services will follow the same protocol as the Probation Department.
      • Daily operations will proceed as usual. 
      • Officers will be available via phone during regular business hours. 
      Assessment Center:
      • The Assessment Center will be opened during regular business hours and will continue to process cases as usual.
      • Assessment Center staff are available by phone to answer any questions. Please call (419) 213-6670 for more information. 
      Family Violence Intervention Program (FVIP):
      • Staff with the Family Violence Intervention Program will be available during regular business hours. 
      • The Step-Up Program will continue via video conferencing with families. 
      • Domestic Violence Mediations will not take place at this time.  Family Safety Plans will be put into place. 
      • Please contact Hans Giller at (419) 213-6962 or Debbie Lipson at (419) 213-6984 for more information. 
       Programming:
      • At this time the Bike Program, and Youth Advocate Program will proceed as usual.  Please contact your child’s assigned Probation Officer for more information.  Update: 3/18/2020 
      Mediation Department:
      • Daily Domestic Violence Mediations will not take place at this time.
      • The Truancy Prevention through Mediation Program at Toledo Public Schools will continue as usual.  Once Toledo Public Schools re-open regularly, scheduled mediations on Wednesdays will resume.
      • Civil Mediations that are held at the Lucas County Child Support Enforcement Agency (LCCSEA) will continue as scheduled as long as LCCSEA is open.
      • Civil Mediations; Dependency, Neglect & Abuse Mediations; Truancy Mediations; and Contributing Mediations held at Lucas County Juvenile Court in the Juvenile Justice Center Building are being postponed until after June 1, 2020.  Parties will receive notice of new date in the mail.
      • All Permanent Custody Mediations will be canceled until after June 1, 2020. 
       Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Department:
      • The CASA Department will remain operations and CASA Volunteers will continue to serve our community’s abused and neglected children.
      • The CASA Courage Awards originally scheduled to take placed on April 1, 2020 have been postponed and will take place on October 6, 2020 at 5:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn Toledo Perrysburg.
      • The CASA Pre-Service Training originally scheduled to begin on May 20, 2020 has been postponed and will now begin on June 3, 2020.
      • All CASA In-Service Training sessions have been canceled until June 1, 2020. 
      Aramark Food Services Update for JDC and YTC Meal Services for youth and staff:  
      • Aramark shall continue to observe correct and frequent cleaning and sanitizing of food service equipment and all kitchen surfaces to prevent the spread of illness amongst both employees and customers. 
      • Additional prevention measures include: ensuring all employees continue to follow Aramark’s Cleaning and Sanitation Standards and Procedures, cleaning and sanitizing objects and surfaces, especially those frequently touched with bare hands; and ensuring proper cleaning of “high touch surfaces” such as tables, handrails, and door handles that can easily spread germs between employees and guests.  
    • Press Release/Court Order - 3/20/2020


    Lucas County Probate Division - Open with Restrictions

    Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Lucas County Probate Court is updating procedures for essential court functions, including marriage licenses and adoptions, effective March 24, 2020 and until further notice.  These changes are being implemented for the protection of citizens and staff by limiting direct contact with the court.


    Marriage License Procedures:

    1. The court will only issue marriage licenses in cases of necessity, such as a pending military deployment. If you have an emergency situation, you must call the court at (419) 213-4361 for further information. Walk-in applicants are not permitted. At least one of the applicants must be a resident of the State of Ohio.
    2. The court will provide a certified copy of a marriage record by mail. If you need a certified copy of a marriage record, please call the court at (419) 213-4361 or email your request, including names, date of marriage, and mailing address to info@lucas-co-probate-ct.org.
    3. If you have been previously issued a marriage license and will be unable to conduct the ceremony within its sixty day expiration period, the court will reissue your license at no cost once the court again becomes fully functional. Please call the court at (419) 213-4361 if this situation is applicable. 

    Adoption Procedures:

    For any issues regarding adoptions, attorneys and pro se parties may call (419) 213-4794 for updated procedures. You may also e-mail inquiries to info@lucas-co-probate-ct.org. Please do not come to the court. The court is not conducting any in-person hearings at this time; however video hearings are possible, if a necessity occurs.

    For all other probate issues, please contact the Lucas County Probate Court at (419) 213-4775.  

    Toledo Municipal Court - Open with Restrictions
    • Toledo Municipal Court issued an order on Sunday, March 15 declaring a temporary judicial emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Starting Friday, March 20, 2020, Toledo Municipal Court will limit hearings to only those cases where the defendant is in jail.  All other cases will be scheduled after March 31, 2020.

    • The Toledo Municipal Court will do all things necessary to ensure the continued orderly and efficient administration of justice during this ongoing health emergency.  Upon the advice of the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, and in consultation with Clerk of Court Vallie Bowman-English, the City of Toledo and Lucas County Prosecutors Offices, and the Toledo Legal Aid Society (Public Defender) the Court believes this measure is necessary to protect the public health while maintaining the Court’s essential functions.

    • On any individual case, a prosecutor, defendant, defense counsel or alleged victim may petition the Court electronically to have a hearing go forward regardless of whether the defendant is currently in jail.  Forms are available at http://tmc.toledomunicipalcourt.org/ and may be filed by fax or email.   

    • Victims and witnesses with questions should contact the City or County Prosecutor’s Office.  Individuals with questions about felony cases should contact the Lucas County Prosecutors Office at (419) 213-4700 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  All other victims and witnesses with questions should contact the City of Toledo Prosecutor’s Office at (419) 245-1975 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    • Entry to the building on these matters is limited to the defendant, attorney, victim and subpoenaed witnesses or by appointment.

    • Toledo Municipal Court, Reschedule Request Form

    • Press Release/Court Order - 3/20/2020 

    Toledo Municipal Housing Court - Open with Restrictions
    • All current scheduled setouts/lockouts will be stayed 8 days from the currently scheduled date.
    • All currently scheduled eviction hearings will be continued 8 days from the scheduled hearing date
    • All cases on the criminal housing docket set on or before April 15, 2020 will be reset
    • As of March 17, 2020 hearings for rent escrow and TRO cases will continue as scheduled
    • Press Release/Court Order - 3/17/2020 
    Maumee Municipal Court - Open with Restrictions
    • Attorneys are encouraged to pre-try cases by telephone with the Prosecutor’s Office for any non-jailable offenses, either traffic and/or criminal. Defendant’s personal appearance for nonviolent offenses is WAIVED.
    • Most unclassified drivers license infractions will be considered waiverable and able to be resolved through the traffic violations bureau without a mandatory court appearance.
    • Defendant’s appearance at their first pre-trial for non-violent offenses is waived so long as they have posted bond and are not in custody.
    • The Court will allow any non-jailable offense to be pleaded by Agreed Entry.
    • All individuals required to make payments on restitution, fines and costs are encouraged to utilize the website or call our call center (1- 800-300-8007) to make a payment.
    Oregon Municipal Court - Closed to the Public with Exceptions 
    • Any individual with a court date scheduled in the month of April 2020 for an unclassified or minor misdemeanor traffic offense will be given an automatic six (6) week continuance.  There is no need to report and a summons will be sent to each individual with a  new court date to appear. Court dates have been entered and available by looking up your case on our website;

    • Any individual with a payment owed for fine and costs due between March 9, 2020 and May 31, 2020 will be given an automatic ninety (90) day continuance of the date due.  Updated due dates have been entered;

    • The public is encouraged to make payments via mail, online at www.oregoncourtpaymentscom  or by telephone at 419-324-2039. It is asked that the public refrain from making payments in person at the courthouse;

    • The courthouse is closed to the public except for those individuals with a case scheduled before the court on that date, a victim on a case or witnesses subpoenaed to appear for a case schedules on that date;

    • Cell phones are to remain in vehicles;

    • All probationers should contact their probation officer by telephone only;

    • The court is still processing new civil filings and garnishments. All civil filings requiring payment of a filing fee are to be filed by mail; and

    • Any filing not requiring a filing fee can be filed by mail, fax at 419-698-7013 or email at court@oregonmunicipalcourt.us.

     

    Sylvania Municipal Court - Open with Restrictions
    • The Sylvania Municipal Court will be closed to the public except for any individual (defendant, witness, victim, attorney, or law enforcement officer) with a scheduled case. All persons appearing for scheduled Court hearings must practice social distancing protocols. Ill persons will not be permitted in the building. 
    • Felony and in-custody cases will continue as scheduled. 
    • Effective March 18, 2020, all traffic (TRD) cases will be rescheduled to a date after May 1, 2020. This includes all arraignments, pre-trials, and trials.  
    • Effective March 18, 2020, all Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence (TRC) cases, with the exception of arraignments, will be rescheduled to a date after May 1, 2020.  
    • Effective March 18, 2020, all non-violent criminal cases will be rescheduled to a date after June 1, 2020. All criminal cases involving violent crimes, including but not limited to Domestic Violence, Assault, Menacing, Child Endangerment, Temporary Protection Order Violations and any Sexually Oriented Offenses, will proceed as scheduled. 
    • Effective March 18, 2020, all emergency motion hearings including but not limited to Motions for Temporary Protection Orders will continue as scheduled. Emergency motions and protection order requests must be filed via e-mail at clerk@sylvaniacourt.com or by fax at (419) 885-8987. 
    • Effective March 18, 2020, all Probation Violation hearings will be rescheduled to a date after May 1, 2020. All probation office appointments, including pre-sentence investigation interviews and scheduled meetings with probation officers will be rescheduled until a date after May 1, 2020.  
    • All fines, fees, and costs that are due between March 12, 2020 and May 1, 2020 shall be continued an additional 90 days from the original due date. If the new due date should fall over a weekend or holiday, it will be continued to the next business day. Effective immediately, payment of fines, costs, and fees can only be made on-line.  
    • Effective March 18, 2020, individuals with open-warrants must contact the Court via telephone to schedule an appearance date to address the warrant. No unscheduled appearances are permitted.  
    • Effective March 18, 2020, all Jury Trials will be rescheduled until a date after May 1, 2020. 
    • Effective March 18, 2020, all civil proceedings, except emergency actions, are suspended for a period of 60 days. Civil proceedings may be conducted via telephone at the discretion of the Judge. Any filings should be made via e-mail at clerk@sylvaniacourt.com or by fax at (419) 885-8987. 
    • Effective March 18, 2020, the Court will temporarily suspend certain local rules to permit individuals or attorneys to file motions for continuance in Criminal, Traffic and Civil matters scheduled for trial or hearing. Motions may be filed via e-mail at clerk@sylvaniacourt.com or by fax at (419) 885-8987.  
    • If a defendant’s speedy trial rights expire less than 15 days after a scheduled trial date, defense counsel and the prosecutor are ordered to contact the Court to schedule a telephone pre-trial. The telephone pre-trial must be scheduled seven (7) days before the scheduled trial date. All parties should continue to engage in discovery and work in good faith on the resolution of pre-trial issues via telephone and through electronic communications. 
    • Please visit the Court website at: www.sylvaniacourt.com for updated case information.
    • Press Release/Court Order: 3/18/2020


    Wood County Court of Common Pleas - Open with Restrictions
    • All Local Rules of this Court may be temporarily adapted, modified or suspended to allow Court flexibility, within Constitutional limits, in response to the public health emergency.

    • The security policies and procedures of the Court may be temporarily amended or supplemented to protect public health safety while maintaining essential court functions.

    • The Court’s Employee Handbook provisions may be temporarily adjusted to maintain essential court operations and functions.

    • The Court authorizes, on a case-by-case basis unless otherwise approved, the use of audiovisual devices and technologies for Court actions and proceedings.

    • The public health emergency may be considered to be a finding of good cause for any purposes, including continuances deemed necessary by assigned Judges, on a case-by-case basis.

    • The Court will have the lawful authority, within constitutional limits, to do and direct to be done all things necessary to ensure the orderly and efficient administration of justice for the duration of the declared public health emergency and such time after the declaration is ended deemed necessary by this Court.

    • For all hearings, the Court shall be notified prior to the scheduled hearing if any of the following apply to any party, attorney or witness: has travelled outside of the United States and returned to the United States within 21 days prior to the scheduled hearing; has been exposed to the Covid-19 virus or anyone infected with the Covid-19 virus within 21 days prior to the scheduled hearing;  or has been quarantined, isolated or otherwise restricted by any health department, director of health, or similar entity. 

    • All pre-trials that are not designated as a final pre-trial, unless otherwise specifically ordered by the Judge or Magistrate handling the case, shall be conducted by telephone (conference call).  The parties, unless appearing pro se or otherwise approved by the Court in advance, shall NOT participate in the telephone pre-trial, but shall be available to counsel either in person (but not listening in on the pre-trial) or by telephone.  All final pre-trials, if a trial date has already been scheduled, will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. In criminal cases defense counsel shall, prior to the pre-trial occurring, have had appropriate contact with their client and shall have reviewed with the defendant all discovery provided by the State of Ohio up to that time. 

    • For all pre-trials other than final pre-trials in cases where the Defendant is currently incarcerated, the Defendant shall not, unless specifically ordered by the assigned Judge, be transported to the Court by the Wood County Sheriff.  Counsel for the Defendant shall meet with the Defendant prior to the pre-trial with the Court and again within 24 hours following the pre-trial with the Court.

    • The Court may make such modifications and authorizations in any manner deemed reasonable by the Court and need not follow formal processes for modification of Rules of Court and Rules of Procedure, and shall provide notification of any modifications and authorizations in such manner as may be deemed reasonable by this Court, including but not limited to posting same to the website maintained by the Court or Clerk of Courts, posting same in public spaces of the Wood County Courthouse, and by providing same to parties or members of the Bar by mail or email.

    • This Order shall remain in full force and effect until such time as same is modified or rescinded by the undersigned Judges

    • Press Release/Court Order: 3/16/2020

    Perrysburg Municipal Court

    The Perrysburg Municipal Court, Wood County Ohio makes the following Orders in alignment with the ongoing response to the COVID-19 health crisis and in accordance with Administrative Order 20-04, the Court issues the following temporary orders:

    1. Continuing Operations – All felony and in-custody cases will continue as scheduled.

    2. Traffic TRD Cases – Effective Wednesday, March 25th, 2020, all traffic cases will be cancelled and reset after May 17th, 2020. This includes all arraignments, pretrial conferences, pleas, motions, and trials on all TRD designated cases. Traffic probation violation hearings will be cancelled and reset.

    3. OVI/TRC cases – Effective Wednesday, March 25th, 2020, all TRC designated cases, with the exception of arraignments, will be cancelled and reset. TRC designated cases set for probation violation hearings will be cancelled and reset.

    4. Jury Trials – No Jury Trials will take place until after May 17th, 2020.

    5. Misdemeanor Criminal Cases – Effective Wednesday, March 25th, 2020, all non-violent cases scheduled through May 15th, 2020 will be cancelled and reset. The following case types will proceed as scheduled:

    Domestic Violence, Assault, Child Endangering, Child Enticement, Aggravated Menacing, Unlawful Restraint, Menacing, Menacing by Stalking, Violations of TPO, Telephone Harassment, Vehicular Homicide, and any attempt, complicity or conspiracy to commit any of the forgoing offenses. Any Sexually Oriented Offenses, including Attempted Importuning, Sexual Imposition, Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Voyeurism, Attempted Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity Oriented Material or Performance, Attempted Child Enticement with Sexual Motivation, Attempted Pandering Obscenity, Menacing by Stalking with Sexual Motivation, Unlawful Restraint with Sexual Motivation, and any attempt, complicity or conspiracy to commit any of the forgoing offenses.

    Probation Reporting – All probation reporting shall take place by telephone unless specifically ordered by probation or the Court. 

     

    Guidance for other Jurisdictions

    The OSBA is gathering updates from the courts throughout the state to provide updates to the current operating status. Click here for more info. 

     

     

    To members of the Toledo Bar Association:

    The spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is something we have all been watching from afar for several months. With the cases across the country increasing, including right here in Ohio, the Association is taking steps to ensure a safe environment for members and staff while maintaining continuity of operations. 

    Health and Safety of Members and Staff

    As a small business in Lucas County, we take our lead and direction from the Lucas County Health Department as they work directly with the state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These agencies have provided detailed guidance on prevention and the Association is following their instructions, including:

    • Instructing our building cleaning company to pay extra care to the sanitary condition of our building – especially in high traffic areas
    • Placing hand sanitizer and wipes throughout the building and encouraging good hygiene skills by everyone who enters the building
    • Encouraging staff and members to stay home if they are ill
    • Using social distancing at in-person meetings and CLE
    • Avoiding shaking hands in favor of an elbow tap
    Continuity of Operations

    The TBA remains open and ready to serve the needs of members.  With no large gatherings (100+ attendees) in the next several weeks, we are going to maintain our current calendar of CLE, committee meetings and other events. If conditions in Toledo change, we will reevaluate and notify you immediately via email & social media. 

    All committee meetings will now have a conference call option and committee chairs can opt for a “conference call only” meeting if they choose. 

    Staff in all departments have remote access to their desktops and phones should we be required to work from home.  We are hopeful this won’t be necessary but we are encouraging anyone who is sick to stay home. 

    Questions

    Please contact Brad Lagusch, Executive Director at blagusch@toledobar.org or (419) 242-9363. 

    TBA and Legal Community Events
    • 3/13/2020: Ohio Notary Services, LLC (ONS) cancels all in-person notary renewals and tests through March 31, 2020. ONS will contact each applicant individually to set up online tests and renewals.
    • 3/13/2020: Toledo Opera cancels Scalia/Ginsburg and Trial by Jury Performance for April 17-19, 2020
    • 3/12/2020: TBA, Toledo Opera and University of Toledo College of Law has canceled the April 7, 2020 CLE: From the Courthouse to Opera House: A Discussion on Scalia Ginsburg and the Judicial System
    • 3/12/2020: Mud Hens Opening Day Open House - Postponed