CoronaCOVID SAFETY

We have continued the COVID safety measures put in place during the Pandemic.
Everyone entering the building must:

  • Wear a mask
  • Have your temperature taken
  • Register for tracking purposes

Plexiglass shields have been installed in each courtroom and in the Clerk’s Office.
Air filters are provided in select areas around the building.

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E-Safe Surrender

During the Pandemic, the Court is permitting people with arrest warrants pending to surrender via email rather than appearing in person at the Court or a local jail. 

E-Safe Surrender permits you to:

  • Dispose of open cases where warrants are pending
  • Pay unpaid fines and costs on cases where warrants and/or license forfeitures/warrant blocks are pending
  • Complete community control sanctions through probation without additional penalty

The benefits of the program are:

  • Freedom from the warrant and possible arrest
  • Ability to reinstate your driver’s license with the OBMV
  • Receipt of credit for accepting responsibility at the time of sentencing
  • Re-evaluation of unpaid fines and costs based on the impact of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
  • Alternate sentences of community control sanctions in lieu of a jail sentence or payment of monies

To be admitted to the program, you must:

  • Pay a $350.00 fee to the Clerk's Office (which will apply to any fines/costs associated with the case) and provide the court with updated contact information using one of the methods listed below:
  • Email the Court at safe@ghmc.org with your current mailing address, email address, telephone number, text number, the last four digits of your social security number, date of birth and all known case numbers
  • Call the Court at 216-475-1900, Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm with your current mailing address, email address, telephone number, text number, the last four digits of your social security number, date of birth and any known case numbers
  • Using US Mail, send your current mailing address, email address, telephone number, text number, the last four digits of your social security number, date of birth, $350.00  by money order or credit card, and all known case numbers.

Hearing

  • When the Court receives your payment and contact information, the Court will cancel the arrest warrant and schedule your case(s) for a remote hearing on the next available date
  • Also, if you have license forfeitures or blocks resulting from the warrant the Clerk will issue a release and email that to you for you to file with the Ohio BMV

Ineligibility

  • Cases in which the Judge or Magistrate has issued an order indicating "No Bond", "Hold without Bond" or "Bond to be set by Court" are not eligible for the program
  • Probation violation warrants will be reviewed by your probation officer for eligibility 

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E-Safe Surrender