Pandemic shuts down muncipal court, trials

Staff Writer
The Ottawa Herald

The Ottawa Municipal Court is shutting down again because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The court ceases in-person appearances Monday and all trials until at least Feb. 3, 2021. During this time, no warrants will be issued by the court for an individual who fails to appear.

Court staff, city prosecutor and the Ottawa Police Department will continue to attempt to resolve cases during this time by phone or e-mail.

All fines and fees can be paid online. As to outstanding warrants, the court gives discretion to all law enforcement officers that they may execute the warrant and have the person taken into custody, or in the alternative, may obtain from the individual their current address and phone number, provide that information to court staff, and court staff will notify the court, have the warrant withdrawn, and send the individual a notice to appear for a date after Feb. 3, 2021.

Officers may still arrest an individual for municipal offenses when the officer feels that the safety or the individual or the community necessitates an arrest.