Jury trials suspended in Hamilton County until March 8 due to purple COVID-19 level

Posted at 5:20 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 17:27:26-05

CINCINNATI — Hamilton County has suspended petit jury trials until at least March 8 after the county went "purple" on Ohio's coronavirus advisory map last week.

According to a notice from the courts Wednesday, officials are monitoring "this fluid situation" and will resume petit jury trials when conditions improve. Grand jury proceedings will continue.

"In light of these developments in local conditions, and in consultation with criminal justice stakeholders, the Courts will suspend jury trials (petit jury service) until at least March 8, 2021 to facilitate the recommended public health emergency guidelines," read the notice from the courts.

Instructions for petit jurors can be found here or by calling the juror hotline at (513) 946-5879.

Hamilton County was the Ohio only county to receive a "purple" designation on the state's Public Health Advisory System last Thursday, indicating "severe exposure and spread" of coronavirus. Residents are advised to isolate at home except to get essential supplies and services.

Read the full notice below:

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