Ohio Courts Permitted to Cancel Non-Essential Services


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The latest entity to be affected by the Coronavirus outbreak in Ohio is the state's court system.

Ohio Supreme Counrt Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor joined Governor Mike DeWine's press conference Thursday to say that courts across the state are permitted to cancel non-essential services.

She adds that courts must be open to address emergency and time-sensitive matters, and judges need to consult with local agencies to ensure access to the courts.

O'Connor adds that prison inmates who are a high-risk for contracting COVID-19, and are low-level offenders, should be released. To help minimalize jail issues, O'Connor says courts can also lower bonds and use court summons instead of detainment.