How Courts Are Reacting to COVID-19 as Openings Occur

Throughout this pandemic, the courts of Ohio and Kentucky have issued continuous orders to protect the public as they adapt to the changing nature of the situation.  

The Butler County Common Pleas Court, located caddy corner from the headquarters of The Richards Firm, has recently updated their measures in lieu of business’s and facilities reopening. 

In Administrative Judge Oster’s most recent order, the Court recited the history of directives from Dr. Amy Action, Director of Ohio Public Health, and Governor DeWine.  More importantly, the Court issued numerous regulations for anyone conducting business there. 

Here is what the residents of Butler County and others required to appear in Butler County need to know. 

Current COVID-19 Policies for Butler County Common Pleas Court 

For the foreseeable future, anyone entering the Court will be subject to a health screen that includes a non-invasive forehead temperature scan.  A person will not be permitted to enter if his or her temperature is above 100.4.  All Court and Probation staff are expected to take their temperatures before the workday and monitor their health each day.   

All persons entering the Court will be required to wear a face covering while in public areas and follow all social distancing and hygiene requirements. Exceptions for wearing facial coverings include those with medically-documented health concerns, children under age 2, employees who work alone or in an assigned area, or for an employee with an functional reason not to wear that covering pending approval from a supervisor.  

Each Common Pleas judge has the individual discretion to make exceptions regarding face coverings. 

In Butler County, that order also applies to any municipal and area courts as well as numerous other governmental buildings such as the Bar Association, Prosecutor’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, and Butler County Sheriff, among others.   

Butler County Common Pleas Court continues to make the most recent orders relating to COVID-19 available on their website. If you are scheduled to appear in court for any reason, be sure to consult with your attorney or the court to determine what will be expected of you.   

How The Richards Firm is Adapting 

At The Richards Firm, the wellbeing of our clients is our number one priority. For their safety and often at the suggestion of the courts, many of our hearings have been converted to telephonic conferences rather than in-person meetings.  As for other meetings, depositions, and mediations, The Richards Firm remains committed to meeting with our clients in whatever manner best suits their needs and preferences. This includes meeting via telephone, videoconferencing, or in person with masks in place, at a proper distance from one another, and with hand sanitizer available.   

Call us today to discuss your personal injury claims with an attorney in Hamilton, Ohio that cares.  

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