Oak Ridge City Court was scheduled to resume in-person court proceedings today (Monday, May 11), with some changes because of COVID-19.
The changes, made for health and safety reasons, include:
- One person will be allowed in the courtroom at a time, in addition to the judge and other courtroom staff.
- You may bring an attorney and witnesses with you for contested citations. However, other non-essential people will not be permitted inside the building with you.
- The Oak Ridge Fire Department will screen and temperature-check everyone before entry.
- Everyone will remain six feet apart, even while waiting in line to enter the courtroom.
- People are advised to wear gloves in addition to masks or face coverings.
There are some instances where you may be able to handle a citation over the phone. Therefore, it is important that only those who need to physically appear before the judge show up at court, a press release said.
You can call the Court Clerkâ€™s Office at (865) 425-3536 before your scheduled hearing for guidance on the following:
- if youâ€™d like to pay a ticket in advance,
- if you have a physical disability that would prevent you from being able to walk up steps or you have a compromised immune system and donâ€™t want to risk exposure to the virus,
- if youâ€™d like to sign up for a driverâ€™s training class to avoid points on your license from a speeding ticket, or
- if youâ€™re unsure if or when you need appear in court.
All cases scheduled during the time court was closed due to COVID-19 have been reset by the City Court Clerkâ€™s Office, the press release said. Notifications of new court dates were sent by mail to the addresses listed on citations. If you did not receive notification of a new court date by April 1, call the City Court Clerkâ€™s Office at (865) 425-3536.