Evictions currently are suspended in most Oklahoma counties

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UPDATE (Thursday, March 26, 2020): Although the Oklahoma Supreme Court issued an order on March 16 suspending most hearings, some courts are not following guidance on suspending non-emergency hearings. The text below has been revised to reflect this and includes a list of counties where evictions are still being heard. If you have an eviction case pending, call your Court Clerk’s office to confirm your court date.

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Nearly all of Oklahoma’s county courts, which handle all civil and most criminal cases across the state, have suspended most of their activities until April 15 at the earliest. That means that eviction hearings are postponed in most Oklahoma counties, and that Oklahomans cannot be forced from their homes by an eviction or foreclosure until April 15 at the earliest.

However, a small number of counties are still hearing eviction cases, and landlords can still file evictions in most counties. We urge these counties to follow the Supreme Court’s guidance and suspend hearings for at least 30 days:

  • Atoka County
  • Beaver County
  • Canadian County
  • Comanche County
  • Garfield County
  • Lincoln County
  • Logan County
  • Marshall County
  • Pottawatomie County
  • Texas County

If you have a court date, call your Court Clerk to find out when it will be held. Contact information for District Courts is available here.

Here’s what you need to know:

Evictions and foreclosures are suspended in most counties. Don’t move out if you receive an eviction or foreclosure notice!

If you receive an eviction or foreclosure notice, do not move out until told to do so by a court or law enforcement official. Seek legal assistance by calling 2-1-1 (or visiting the 211 website) or submitting your information at OKLegalConnect.org. Mothers who live in North Tulsa can also seek assistance from Still She Rises.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ryan Gentzler joined OK Policy in January of 2016 as a policy analyst focusing on criminal justice issues, including sentencing, incarceration, court fines and fees, and pretrial detention. Open Justice Oklahoma grew out of Ryan’s groundbreaking analysis of court records, which was used to inform critical policy debates. A native Nebraskan, he holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and a BA in Institutions and Policy from William Jewell College. He served as an OK Policy Research Fellow in 2014-2015.

One thought on “Evictions currently are suspended in most Oklahoma counties

  1. Evictions can still be filed by a landlord in all 77 counties. The hearings and removal orders will not be held until April 15th or later, though.

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