Well, that didn’t take long.
On Monday, Finney Law Firm filed suit against Hamilton County’s Municipal Court Judges at the Ohio Supreme Court to make them re-open eviction proceedings that had been shut down since March 15.
Just last week, presiding Judge Heather Russell had signed an order extending the eviction moratorium through July 1, and the Clerk was not scheduling new hearings until the end of July. In fact, the Clerk’s office was telling prospective plaintiffs that they had no idea when eviction court would re-open.
As is reported here, Hamilton County was the second-to-last of Ohio’s 88 counties to re-open eviction court.
On Wednesday, the Judges met and, possibly motivated by our law suit, voted to re-open eviction proceedings essentially immediately, Monday, June 8. We’ll consider that a victory for our client!
We also want to thank the Cincinnati Real Estate Investors’ Association (CREIA) and the Ohio Real Estate Investors’ Association (OREIA) for their initiation and funding of the suit!
Finally, our co-counsel, Curt Hartman led the legal team on this quick and successful battle.
Jennifer Edwards Baker of Fox 19 has the story here.
Dan Horn of the Enquirer has the story here.