Given the outbreak of cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and the severity of risk posed to the
public, and given the CDC mandate and the Governor’s declarations, and pursuant to a
finding of good cause pursuant to O.R.C. § 2945.72 (H), it is hereby ORDERED that,
effective Monday, March 23, 2020:
(1) Public access to the Clermont County Municipal Courthouse shall be limited to
parties to cases (Plaintiffs, the State of Ohio, and Defendants), attorneys, alleged
victims, subpoenaed witnesses, media, and police officers;
(2) The Court will continue to conduct bond hearings, arraignments, and contested
hearings for defendants housed in the Clermont County Jail.
(3) All hearings that involve defendants who are not housed in the Clermont County
Jail, shall be continued approximately thirty days. The Court will set a date
certain for each continued case. The Court will issue notice of the new date to
each defendant, and if represented by counsel, to his or her counsel, by mail.
The Court will vacate or amend this General Order no later than APRIL 17, 2020.

This Court issues this Press Release in response to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus
Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Ohio. There are multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19, in
response to which the Governor of the State of Ohio, Michael DeWine, has declared a
state of emergency (Executive Order 2020-0ID) which, among other restrictions, limits
large indoor gatherings. The Governor’s Declaration follows the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) “Interim Guidance,” recommending that all employers
consider how best to decrease the spread of COVID-19, including the review of
guidance from state and local health officials. Interim Guidance for Businesses and
Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), February
2020, (last updated February 26, 2020).

Judge Jesse B. Kramig,
Administrative Judge

Judge Kevin T. Miles

Judge Jason E. Nagel