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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Bushnell Building, Municipal Courthouse to reopen May 18

SPRINGFIELD, OH (May 15, 2020) – More Clark County offices, including elected officials located at the Bushnell Building and the Clark County Municipal Courthouse, will reopen to the public on Monday, May 18 with social distancing guidelines in place to better serve both residents and county employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clark County elected officials located on the third floor of the Bushnell Building, 14 E. Main St., set to reopen Monday include the Clark County Auditor, Recorder, Treasurer and Engineer’s Tax Map offices. Elected officials encourage residents to use online, mail or drop box services, if possible.

The county has recently installed barriers in certain areas to limit interaction with the public and protect employees. Offices will also perform frequent cleaning and wipe downs of high-touch areas. The county will also ask those seeking in-person services to take several precautions including: 

  • Submitting temperature checks.
  • Wearing appropriate face coverings out of respect for others.
  • Maintaining social/physical distancing of six feet at all times.

The Clark County Offices and Municipal Court Building, 50 East Columbia Street, will reopen on Monday with similar precautions in place, including a required temperature screening and face covering for entrance. Access to the building is limited to only those persons with official business including parties in a court case, subpoenaed witnesses, crime victims, summoned jurors and attorneys. 

People conducting official business with the offices of the Clark County Commission, Probate Court, Clerk of Court Title Division, Prosecuting Attorney, Public Defender, City of Springfield Prosecutor, Clerk of Municipal Court and the Municipal Court Probation Court will also gain entrance into the building. Persons who do not have official business to conduct with any of the aforementioned offices should not come to the building and may have access restricted during the public health emergency.

Hand sanitizer dispensers will be available to persons at the Municipal Court, subject to availability. The Court and its staff will engage in frequent cleaning and wipe downs of high-touch areas.

Court scheduling has been adjusted in an attempt to reduce the number of required appearances. Any necessary jury trials will be held in the first floor courtroom, which will allow for appropriate social distancing for parties, attorneys, witnesses, jurors and court staff.

The daily arraignment of jail inmates has been conducted by video conferencing since late March. Video conferencing has also been used to communicate with jail inmates at other times. The measures are intended to reduce the number of in-court appearances by jail inmates. The Court will continue to perform video arraignments and is purchasing its own video equipment with a $34,400 grant received from the Ohio Supreme Court in April.


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Media contact: Michael Cooper, Clark County Public Information Officer, 937-521-2031

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