Civil Practice Guidelines

I. General

  • Please contact opposing counsel first before contacting the magistrate about your issue. If you contact the magistrate, you must automatically copy opposing counsel on the same correspondence or email.
  • When you settle a case, please contact the magistrate and inform her that the case has been settled so that she can schedule another matter in that time slot.
  • If you are not an attorney and you are representing yourself pro se, Ohio case law mandates that you be held to the same standard as an attorney in presenting your case to the court by following the rules of evidence and civil procedure.
  • On occasion, the magistrate will be asked if an attorney or a client can appear for a matter via telephone. Barring exigent circumstances, those requests are routinely denied. All attorneys and all litigants shall be present in the courtroom for any matter scheduled.
  • Please provide your email address on all documents filed with the court.

II. Professionalism

Attorneys and litigants are expected to display professional conduct in their interactions with the court and opposing counsel. Attorneys and litigants also are expected to be respectful and courteous to all court personnel such as our secretaries and bailiffs.

III. Status Conferences

Generally, status conferences will be scheduled by the magistrate as needed. Also, status conferences will be scheduled at the request of the parties.

IV. Motions / Briefs

The magistrate will adhere to the civil rules of procedure and local rules of court. If a motion is filed before a scheduled court date and the opposing counsel has not had an opportunity under the civil rules to reply to that motion, the attorneys/litigants are expected to be present on the designated date to address the motion on the record.

V. Continuances

Continuances are granted by the court and not by the agreement of the parties. Continuances will be granted upon the approval of the judge assigned to the case. Continuances for cases that are more than a year old will be granted only under exigent circumstances.

VI. Amendment to Case Scheduling Order

Reasonable requests will be granted upon approval of the judge assigned to the case.

VII. Preliminary Injunctions

If there is an adequate remedy at law (i.e. money damages), then a request for a preliminary injunction is not appropriate.

VIII. Damages Hearings

Please be prepared to have a witness present testimony and evidentiary documents to justify your request for damages. Please remember that you must meet the burden of proof even if you were granted a default judgment. If you are requesting attorney fees as part of your damages request, please itemize and document the amount and be prepared to demonstrate to the court whether the request for attorney fees emanates from a contract or a specific statute.

IX. Evidentiary Hearings

Please be prepared to have a witness present testimony and evidentiary documents to meet your burden of proof if you are the plaintiff, and to defend against the claims asserted against you if you are the defendant.

X. Mediation / Settlement

Mediation statements are not required, but if they are submitted they will be reviewed by the magistrate prior to the mediation. If the case involves an insurance claims adjustor or a corporate client, those representatives must be present with authority to settle. Participation via telephone will be granted only under exigent circumstances with prior approval of opposing counsel and the court.

XI. Stenographic & Recording Equipment

Varies by availability and assigned courtroom. If you plan to show a video deposition as part of your case, you must arrange for the video equipment and the videographer.

XII. Objections to Magistrate’s Decision

Objections to the magistrate’s decision are governed by Civil Rule 53 and Local Rule 99 (PDF).