CLEVELAND - May 12, 2020 - When the Supreme Court of Ohio needed guidance from lawyers about when and how to restart jury trials, The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association created the statewide Trial Advocacy Survey. The results are in from the group representing more than 50,000 legal professionals across Ohio. With the results of this survey, the Court will have substantial guidance from the Ohio legal community about when and how courtroom activity including jury trials can resume.
While the duration and reach of the COVID-19 pandemic remains largely speculative, consensus within the Ohio legal community is that jury trials must proceed when (1) deemed essential; (2) they can be conducted in compliance with best medical practices; and (3) they are able to honor the fundamental rights of all parties to the judicial process.
You can read and download the entire report at CMBA’s Covid-19 Resource Page at clemetrobar.org/covid19.
“Thank you to the hundreds of CMBA members who shared their feedback, said CMBA President Ian Friedman, who submitted the report to Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor. “Your input has never been more important.”
Among those who contributed to the report were civil plaintiffs’ lawyers, civil defense lawyers, prosecutors, criminal defense lawyers, bailiffs, court reporters, sheriff’s deputies, juvenile practitioners and clerks of court.
“Our role as convener of the legal community has never been more important,”CMBA CEO Rebecca Ruppert McMahon said. “The justice system can not simply stop and we are proud to play a part in a safe return to jury trials during and after the Covid-19 crisis.”
About the CMBA
The nonprofit Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association operates as a center for legal professionalism in the region, promoting the highest ethical and professional standards. The CMBA strives to be an indispensable resource for its 5,200 members and the go-to organization on issues of law and justice in Northeast Ohio. Learn more at www.CleMetroBar.org.