AMENDED TEMPORARY ORDER IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS - APRIL 2, 2020
Posted On : 04/04/2020

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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

DOMESTIC RELATIONS AND JUVENILE BRANCH

FRANKLIN COUNTY, OHIO

 

 

                                                                                                                        20JU-03-3181

 

 

AMENDED TEMPORARY ORDER IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19

(CORONAVIRUS) PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

 

The Administrative Judge of the Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, in consultation with the other Judges of this bench, hereby makes the following Findings of Fact:

 

1.    On March 9, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine initially issued Executive Order 2020-01D “Declaring a State of Emergency” in response to the growing COVID-19 public health crisis.

2.    On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 to be a global “pandemic” requiring “urgent and aggressive action” to control the spread of the virus.

3.    On March 18, 2020, the Court issued its first order detailing a continuum of flexible responses designed to protect public health, to maintain essential court functions, to protect the safety and welfare of the its staff and customers and to protect the rights of all individuals subject to the authority of the Court.

4.    The existing public health emergency has not yet been abated to the point that the Court may resume normal operations.

 

Based upon these Findings of Fact, the Franklin County Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch of the Court of Common Pleas HEREBY ORDERS:

 

1.    The Court hereby continues its curtailed operations through close of business on Friday, May 15, 2020.  While the Court anticipates a return to regular operations on May 18, 2020, it reserves the right to further extend this Order should the existing public health emergency so dictate.


 

2.    The Court hereby acknowledges the relevant portions of Ohio HB197 and the written guidance of the Supreme Court of Ohio, both signed on Friday, March 27, 2020, effective retroactive to March 9, 2020.

3.    During its period of curtailed operations, the Court’s hours of operation shall be 8am through 2pm.  During this period, the Court shall continue to hear essential and/or time sensitive cases, including exigent proceedings relative to Abuse Neglect and Dependency (A/N/D) hearings; preliminary hearings in in delinquency cases where the youth has been held; petitions for Civil Protection Orders (CPOs) and Juvenile Protection Order (JPOs); and complaints/motions for Emergency Orders of Custody (ECOs).  All other docket matters shall be either continued or conducted through telephonic or electronic means.

4.    Only persons necessary to support essential and/or time sensitive hearings shall be physically present on-site during this period.  All other court personnel (and outside persons interacting with the Court) shall continue to operate remotely.

5.    The Court’s CPO/JPO Desk will be open to the public from 8am until 2pm.  The Court will cease the intake of new petitions promptly at 2pm.

6.    DRJ Court Judges have authorized their bailiffs and/or court officers to process continuances bearing the designation “COVID-19” and the bailiffs/court officer’s initials via hand-stamp or electronic means.  All Clerks of Court shall accept and file these documents as “original” during any period of curtailed operations.

7.    Curtailed operations provisions and/or policies previously effectuated by the Court pursuant to its March 18, 2020 Order shall remain in full effect, unless specifically modified herein.

 

IT IS SO ORDERED:




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JUDGE KIM A. BROWNE                                                              EFFECTIVE DATE:

ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE                                                            April 2, 2020