Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Eases Some Restrictions

(Cleveland) - Things are getting slowly back to normal in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

The county's criminal court is still operating mostly remotely, and trials are still on hold, but as of Monday, June 1, more judges will be holding hearings in person. They will use a schedule of which courtrooms will be open on which days, and at which times.

Bench trials, where a judge issues the verdict without a jury, won't resume until at least July 1. There will be no jury trials until at least August 1.

For the few visitors at the Justice Center's Court tower, all the standard social distancing and mask-wearing rules are already in effect. Some of the other rules include no more than two people in an elevator, and the use of escalators to get to the first four floors of the building, unless a disability makes it necessary to use an elevator.

All the rules are in an administrative order issued by Presiding Judge Brendan J. Sheehan.

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