COURT DOCKETS, GRAND JURY REPORTS, AND OTHER DATA
COURT HOURS OF OPERATION: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, EXCEPT LEGAL HOLIDAYS
Every person entering the Courthouse MUST wear a mask.
Please read the link above for other details.
CLERK’S HOURS OF OPERATION: 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, EXCEPT LEGAL HOLIDAYS
PLEASE NOTE: In order to better serve the court, the public, and the legal community, the hours of the Common Pleas Clerk of Courts are now 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
These court dockets for each judge, any visiting judge, and for mediation are provided for the convenience of attorneys, parties, witnesses, and other interested individuals. PLEASE NOTE: these dockets are published in advance of the dates reflected in them. Schedules do change with continuances, settlements, guilty pleas, and other modifications. You may check with the Court’s Assignment Office (513-732-7108) for last minute updates. THERE WILL BE MANY SCHEDULE CHANGES DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. PLEASE REFER TO NOTICES ELSEWHERE ON THIS WEB SITE AND ACT ACCORDINGLY.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to mandatory health screenings at the entrance to the Courthouse, please arrive early for any court proceeding that you must attend. If you are having any symptoms of illness, such as a fever or a cough, DO NOT COME TO COURT. You will be denied entry. Please review notices elsewhere on this web site for updated information.
PLEASE NOTE: The Court has adopted new procedures for garnishments and related proceedings. Please review the GARNISHMENT SPECIAL ORDER here.
PLEASE NOTE: The Court has issued a stay of foreclosure and sheriff’s sale proceedings. Please review the Order Staying Foreclosure here.
|Judge||This Week||Next Week|
|Judge McBride|| Judge McBride Week of April 19, 2021 (See*)
|Judge Haddad||Judge Haddad Week of April 19, 2021||Judge Haddad Week of April 26, 2021|
|Judge Ferenc||Judge Ferenc Week of April 19, 2021||Docket TBA|
|Judge Brock||Judge Brock Week of April 19, 2021||Judge Brock Week of April 26, 2021|
|Visiting Judge||No Docket This Week||No Docket This Week|
|Mediation||Mediation Week of April 19, 2021||Docket TBA|
Effective Monday, March 23rd, the following procedures will apply in Judge McBride’s courtroom:
1. As per the policy of the court, all jury trials are canceled through June 29, 2020. A decision will be made prior on or before June 29 as to whether the cancellation of jury trials will extend past that date.
2. As for each case set for a jury trial between now and June 29, 2020, a hearing will be held on the court’s motion to continue jury trial. A status conference will be held at the same time. Attorneys, other than a prosecuting attorney or public defender assigned to Judge McBride’s courtroom, and parties may only appear by telephone for this hearing. Notice of the time of the hearing in each particular case can be obtained by calling the Assignment Commissioner at 513-732-7108.
3. The following types of criminal matters will be heard only by telephone: scheduling conferences, trial setting conferences, final pretrial conferences, hearings on applications for sealing of record, review hearings, and motions/applications (other than motions for ILC) which do not require an evidentiary hearing. Nobody, other than a prosecuting attorney and public defender assigned to Judge McBride’s courtroom, will be permitted to appear in person in court in order to participate in these matters. Defendants may appear by phone on their cases just the same as their attorneys, and defense counsel are encouraged to share with their clients the information as to how to call in to the court for a hearing. The following matters in criminal cases will require a personal appearance: bond setting/bond review, community control violation, sentencing on community control violation, motion for intervention in lieu of conviction, disposition, plea, and sentencing.
4. All civil matters other than trials and motions which require an evidentiary hearing will be heard only by phone. Nobody will be permitted to appear in court in order to participate in these matters. The following civil matters will require a personal appearance: motions which involve an evidentiary hearing and trials.
5. Matters which require court appearances are being scheduled on a staggered basis, including matters that were previously scheduled. Counsel should call the Assignment Commissioner or check the online docket to see if the time for a hearing has been changed.
6. All persons in the courtroom should maintain social distancing (separation of at least six feet) other than attorney and client and persons who come to court who already live together. This means generally that only five to ten persons will be allowed to be in the seating section at any one time. When the ability to maintain social distancing has been compromised as a result of too many persons being in the courtroom, persons will be asked to leave and will be given times to return and/or hearings will be continued.
7. No person will be allowed in the courtroom who is running a fever or who appears to be ill. Persons will be screened as to temperature as they come through security near the entrance to the courthouse. If a necessary party or attorney to a case is running a fever or appears to be ill, a motion for continuance will be granted and the matter will be rescheduled to another day.
8. Attorneys should bring to the attention of Court Services and court staff the presence of any person who appears to be running a fever or who appears to be ill in order that the person may be removed from the courtroom and can receive medical attention if necessary.
9. As to each case, only persons connected with the case and immediate family members will be permitted in the courtroom. Attorneys are requested to encourage, as much as possible, that only the persons directly connected with the case (defendant and witness in a criminal case/defendant and plaintiff in a civil case/subpoenaed witnesses) appear in court for a hearing.
10. Given the rapid changes which are occurring almost daily with respect to this national emergency, further changes may be necessary. Notice will be provided of any changes as soon as they are decided upon. Additionally, with respect to any hearing at which an in-court appearance is both permitted and required, counsel should check in advance with the Assignment Commissioner (513-732-7108) and/or Judge McBride’s staff (513-732-7108) as to whether any change has been made with regard to the scheduling of the hearing.
*NOTICE TO COUNSEL-APRIL 20, 2020-Use of Masks in Judge McBride’s Courtroom
As you are aware, one rule in my courtroom during the COVID-19 emergency is that each person in the courtroom maintain social distancing from other persons in the courtroom. This means that there needs to be physical distance between persons of six feet or more. As I have observed persons in my courtroom over recent days, I have become aware that, while this is a rule, it is not always observed.
Even under the most recent pronouncements of Governor DeWine and President Trump, social distancing is strongly recommended. Governor DeWine has gone so far as to say that there will be a “new normal” including social distancing until such time as there is a vaccine that is developed and which is made readily available throughout the country.
Beyond that, I have persons who come in my courtroom who are at risk, either by reason of age and/or medical condition. The recommendation has been made that at risk individuals need to be particularly on guard until such time as a vaccine is made available. At risk individuals who come in my courtroom have a right to expect that reasonable precautions will be taken for their protection.
In this regard, in addition to advocating social distancing, the Center for Disease Control has recommended wearing face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain in order to slow the spread of the virus and to help people who may be asymptomatic but who have the virus from transmitting it to others. Governor DeWine has strongly encouraged the wearing of face masks when persons are out in public. As he said recently, “In many cultures around the world, wearing a mask is just part of the culture- it is a socially accepted act of kindness.” DeWine has further said that wearing masks will “be part of what we do until we’re done with this virus in a year or so.”
Today, I was wearing a face covering in court, and I intend to continue to wear a face covering in the future.
Because I believe it is necessary for all persons to wear face coverings for the protection of other persons in my courtroom, I am requiring effective Tuesday, April 21st, that every person, including but not limited to court staff, attorneys, parties, witnesses, and jurors, wear a face covering while in my courtroom. The face covering can be as simple as a bandana and can be as complex as some of the face masks that are depicted in the news. Regardless, the face covering must cover both nose and mouth. Persons who do not have a face covering will be able to participate in a hearing by telephone or videoconference, but they will not be permitted to remain in the courtroom. The face covering is a common courtesy that will be expected of everyone.
There will be an exception to the face covering requirement for any person who has a note from a physician stating that the person cannot wear a face covering due to a medical condition. This may happen where a person has a severe asthma or COPD or any other condition where any obstruction to regular breathing may be a greater risk than possible exposure to the coronavirus. However, a person who is excused from wearing any face covering will need to adhere strictly to the six foot physical distance requirement. Even without a note, a person who feels threatened by the requirement to wear a mask can participate in a hearing by telephone or videoconference.
There may also need to be for accommodation for someone who is deaf and who reads lips. Counsel and court staff are both requested to notify the court promptly if there is someone present for whom accommodation will be necessary.
The policy requiring face coverings is not unprecedented or novel. There are other courts that are requiring face coverings, and many courts are implementing protective measures of one type or another.
Attorneys are expected to communicate to their clients that face coverings are required. I am also requesting that the Assignment Office set forth this requirement on notices that go out as to hearings in my courtroom.
Your cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated.
Judge Jerry R. McBride
270 E. Main Street
Batavia, Ohio 45103
The Clermont County Common Pleas Court will regularly post the biweekly report of the Grand Jury in PDF format. The reports will be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Posting might be delayed if there are sealed or secret indictments handed down.