Marion County courts begin reopening in-person proceedings

Indianapolis courts are beginning to reopen to in-person proceedings this week, though social distancing and other public-safety measures remain in effect at the downtown City-County Building.

As Marion County enters Phase 4 of its COVID-19 reopening plan, the City-County Building on Monday once again began hosting criminal court appearances and police services. Participants in court proceedings are encouraged to check the status of their cases at mycase.in.gov before coming to the downtown courthouse, or to email the court directly.

All other city and county agencies will reopen June 22. Juvenile courts will reopen July 6, but the traffic court will continue to operate remotely for the foreseeable future.

Three entrances to the City-County Building will be open to the public, each staffed with a security checkpoint. The Market Street entrance should be used for courts and related services; the Delaware Street entrance for alternative courts, family services and election services; and the Washington Street entrance for police services, all other public services, appointments and employee guests.

Visitors who do not have a face covering will be provided one at the security checkpoint. Floor markers leading to the security checkpoints must be observed in order to maintain social distancing.

“Because of social distancing, the line for security may extend outside of the building at times,” city-county controller Ken Clark said in a news release. “The line will be clearly marked at each entrance. We also have ADA access at each entrance and those who need additional assistance will be able to skip the line.”

Once inside the building, visitors can follow directional paths leading to elevators for public and court access. Four elevators are reserved for employees only and will be marked as such. Staffers will be available to direct visitors to the correct elevator and to answer any questions.

Additional information about the county courts’ reopening plan is available online.

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