Social Distancing Rules for Court Hearings

  • All persons with business before the Court will be screened in the public lobby by the bailiff or Fishers Police Department staff. In addition to standard security screening, persons will have their temperature taken and will be asked if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, show any symptoms, or to their knowledge have been exposed to anyone with symptoms within the previous 14 days;
  • Access to the Courtroom will be denied to anyone who does not adequately answer the questions in Paragraph 4, and if necessary their case will be continued;
  • The public is permitted to observe courtroom proceedings, either in person or virtually, subject to public health recommendations;
  • During Initial Hearings, no more than three Parties will be permitted in the Courtroom at any time;
  • During Bench Trials, no more than one Party will be permitted in the Courtroom at any time;
  • If the Courtroom is at capacity, the bailiff will instruct Parties to wait outside of the City Services Building, and will call them when they are to re-enter the building;
  • All persons in the Courtroom shall wear a mask or other appropriate protective facial covering, which shall be of a type that does not impede verbal communication. If necessary, a person speaking may remove a mask. Face masks will be provided at no charge to persons who do not have one;
  • All persons in the Courtroom who are not family members residing in the same household shall maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet within the courtroom;
  • Hand sanitizer and other antiseptic materials shall be available for use;
  • Seating in the Courtroom will be wiped down before and after use by parties.