New coronavirus order delays most trials, continues release of some in jail

A new Miamisburg Municipal Court order filed due to COVID-19 pandemic delays most trials until after mid-May and continues to release some jailed defendants. STAFF
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A new Miamisburg Municipal Court order filed due to COVID-19 pandemic delays most trials until after mid-May and continues to release some jailed defendants. STAFF

A new Miamisburg Municipal Court order filed due to COVID-19 pandemic delays most trials until after mid-May and continues to release some jailed defendants.

The eight-page order by Judge Robert Rettich III outlines more than 30 points on how court will operate. Rettich last month filed an initial order due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Among the items addressed in the new order:

•All jury and bench trials on civil, criminal and traffic issues are postponed until after May 15 “except under certain circumstances.”

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•Arraignments on criminal and traffic issues – except for OVI, domestic violence “and other violent misdemeanor offenses” – are delayed until after May 15.

•Releasing all jailed defendants charged or convicted of misdemeanors from the Montgomery County Jail in Dayton if they are at high-risk for contracting the coronavirus. Exceptions would be made if “there is clear evidence” the release would pose a risk.

Miamisburg Municipal Court covers Germantown, German Twp., Miami Twp., Miamisburg and West Carrollton.

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