Allen County video explains court stay of residential evictions

One Indiana court is taking steps to better inform its community about changes to eviction proceedings as a result of the novel coronavirus crisis through a personal, virtual message.

The Allen Superior Court Civil Division posted a video on YouTube explaining how residential and commercial evictions are being handled during the COVID-19 pandemic. The court’s video comes after Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a public health emergency order putting residential evictions on hold until the COVID-19 emergency has passed.

“The judges wanted to create a clear, concise explainer as to the current state of these proceedings,” said John McGauley, court executive of the Allen Superior Court in Fort Wayne.

As a result of the governor’s order, all residential eviction proceedings in the Allen Superior Court will be temporarily halted until the COVID-19 crisis has passed, the video explains. The acceptance of payments by the landlord will not be treated as a waiver of eviction once evictions are permitted to resume.

Additionally, all sheriff’s sales of residential property are temporarily halted until the emergency order is lifted.

After being granted emergency permission to reorganize operations during the crisis under Indiana Administrative Rule 17, the Allen County Courts said they were left with discretion regarding the processing of commercial evictions cases.

“The Superior Court judges are issuing specific orders for procedures regarding commercial evictions and other types of lawsuits in each individual case,” the video says.

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