Logan County court system reopens with strict guidelines

After being closed for nearly two months due to COVID-19, offices inside the Logan County Courthouse are reopened to select members of the public under strict guidelines.

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According to an Administrative Order from District Judge Phillip Corley, people who have been diagnosed with or have direct contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 will be prohibited from entering a courtroom, or the Court Clerk’s office, judge’s offices or other facility used by the courts.

In addition, people will also be prohibited from entering those offices if they show ill like symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, headaches, muscle pain, sore throat or recent loss of taste or smell. Anyone who has traveled outside of the U.S. in the last 14 days, and those with whom they live or have had close contact and anyone who has been quarantined or isolated by a doctor.

The District Attorney’s Office will also follow the judge’s order for anyone entering their offices.

Anyone wishing to go to the second floor (courts) or the third floor (district attorney) will be required to wear a mask. A mask will be provided, if needed, along with hand sanitizer.

The Logan County Clerk’s Office and the Treasurer’s Office, located on the first floor and have remained opened throughout the last two months, are not requiring masks to enter their offices.

The court system throughout Oklahoma was closed off to the public in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Courtroom open but limited to number of people

The number of people will be limited inside the court rooms for dockets, hearings and non-jury trials. Social distancing will be required in the courtroom and hallways.

In some instances, citizens may need to leave their phone numbers with their attorneys or deputies and will be called to check in and report to court.

Only those on their respective case will be allowed in the courtroom.

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