Effective immediately, all felony bond hearings in Columbus, Ohio / Franklin
County will be conducted remotely via videoconferencing.
Defendants will no longer be transported to the courthouse for in-person
bond hearings, and will instead use court-provided technology to attend
Ohio Courts & COVID-19
Franklin County’s move to 100% videoconferencing for bond hearings
is the latest step in a months-long transition to use alternative technologies
for court processes, and reduce risks of exposure.
In April, videoconferencing and related remote technologies
were approved for all proceedings, including video arraignments for in-custody defendants held at the Main
jail and Jackson Pike. In May, the Franklin County Courthouse also
announced it would be requiring masks and enforcing social distancing protocols
throughout the summer.
As with bond hearings, proceedings are generally handled in the same manner
as in-person hearings, with the exception of defendants not being physically
present in the courtroom, and forms being prepared and signed electronically.
KBN: Committed to Our Clients
Koffel Brininger Nesbitt is complying with pandemic-related policies implemented
by local courts, and is staying ahead of the curve with new and anticipated
changes to ensure our clients are prepared.
Though things may be different, it is business as usual for KBN. Our team
of award-winning attorneys and support staff are available 7 days a week
to new and former clients, and remain as committed as ever to protecting
their rights, freedoms, and futures.