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Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas to resume proceedings on June 1

The reopening will be met with significant changes

CLEVELAND — The Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas will reopen this coming Monday, June 1, with new guidelines and restrictions in place to protect workers and civilians. 

Masks will be required for all visitors entering the building, and those who do not arrive with a mask will be issued one.

Other new safety measures being put in place include limiting the amount of individuals in the elevator, keeping the cafeteria and patio closed, and only allowing admission into the Justice Center through the Ontario St. entrance. 

“While Cleveland Municipal Court is allowing more hearings to go forward, it is still the Court’s desire to minimize the number of people who need to come to the Justice Center by offering Not Guilty and Guilty Waivers for arraignments and phone and videoconferencing for all Pretrial,” says Cleveland Municipal Court Administrative Judge Michelle Earley. 

Officials say they will also be limiting the number of people allowed within the courtroom to 15, not including court staff, as well as having all guests sign in to the building for contract tracing purposes. 

Trials, however, will not resume until at least early August. 

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