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Nearly 200 evictions filed Monday as Oklahoma County courthouse reopens

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When the Oklahoma County courthouse reopened Monday, almost 200 new eviction cases were filed.

With 191 cases filed Monday and over 100 more since, it took only three days for over half as many evictions to be filed as were filed in total over the last two months, according to Open Justice Oklahoma, a program with the Oklahoma Policy Institute that is tracking evictions in the state.Total cases filed in Oklahoma County since March 15 number over 740 as of Wednesday, according to the court tracker.

Filings slowed down during the pandemic since the court was not open to hear cases, but lawyers, advocates and social service agencies previously said they expect evictions to skyrocket.

And while there is a backlog of cases relating to pre-pandemic problems, a chunk of the cases filed Monday and docketed to be heard next Tuesday are over non-payment of rent from the last two months.Many have already started preparing for an increase in homelessness as Oklahomans struggle to pay bills during the COVID-19 pandemic. “For months and months and months this will be a problem,” Homeless Alliance Director Dan Straughan previously said. “The system is not equipped, not equipped to handle that.”The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office announced on Twitter Tuesday that it would resume eviction enforcement, also known as lockouts, next week.

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<strong>Oklahoma County Sheriff deputy, Brett Price, of the Field Services Bureau-Civil Division, serves an eviction notice and lock out at a rental house in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Oklahoma City has the 20th highest rate of evictions of all cities in the country.    [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Oklahoma County Sheriff deputy, Brett Price, of the Field Services Bureau-Civil Division, serves an eviction notice and lock out at a rental house in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Oklahoma City has the 20th highest rate of evictions of all cities in the country. [Chris...

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Kayla Branch

Kayla Branch covers county government and poverty for The Oklahoman. Branch is a native Oklahoman and graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She joined The Oklahoman staff in April 2019. Read more ›

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