U.S. District Court closes down most activities because of COVID-19 outbreak

Ohio – The U.S. District Court in Southern Ohio is limiting activities at all three of its courthouses in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley, the presiding judge, signed an order Wednesday that is in effect immediately and means  that there will be few in court proceedings through the end of the year..

All trials scheduled between now and Dec. 31 are being postponed. The only in-court hearings allowed will be for criminal defendants who are in custody.

Naturalization ceremonies for new citizens will also be cancelled through the end of the year.

Judge Marbley is also limiting grand jury activities to one day per month for the next two months.

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