April 14, 2020

Bench Bar Conversations

Administrative Judges answer your questions on Zoom

The Columbus Bar Association held a series of Bench Bar Conversations with local Administrative Judges (and the Clerk of Courts) to learn about changes our local courts are making to adapt to COVID-19. Recordings of the conversations and documents provided by the courts are provided below:

Within a short time span, COVID-19 has changed the way lawyers interact with the courts. Changes that affect you and your clients are happening at a rapid pace and the CBA is working with our courts to help you get the answers you need. If you have additional questions for the judges, please email info@cbalaw.org.


Topic: Tenth District Court of Appeals
With: Hon. Julia L. Dorrian

3/16/20 Emergency Administrative Order (20AP-01)

4/16/20 Emergency Administrative Order (20AP-01 amended)

Notice of Telephonic Oral Argument
http://www.cbalaw.org/cba_prod/files/resources/Test Oral Argument Notice.pdf

Am. Sub. H.B. 197

Supreme Court of Ohio COVID-19 Tolling Order
http://www.cbalaw.org/cba_prod/files/resources/Supreme Court of Ohio COVID-19 (Tolling Order).pdf

Supreme Court of Ohio Tolling Order FAQ
http://www.cbalaw.org/cba_prod/files/resources/Supreme Court of Ohio Tolling Order FAQ.pdf

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Topic: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
With: Chief Judge Algenon Marbley

GoToMeeting Connection Guide for Attorneys, Judges and Law Clerks

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Topic: Franklin County Clerk of Courts
With: Maryellen O'Shaughnessy

Tolling Order/FAQ

The Franklin County Clerk of Courts information regarding COVID-19

Clerk general email

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Topic: Franklin County Probate Court
With: Hon. Robert G. Montgomery

Franklin County Probate Court Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic: FAQ

A Guardian’s Responsibilities During the COVID-19 Epidemic letter

Temporary Emergency Order for Marriage License Applications

Court Order Temporarily Waiving Original Signature Requirements

Forty-Eight Hour Holding Period for Paper Filings Court Order

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Topic: Franklin County Domestic & Juvenile Court
With: Hon. Kim Browne

Franklin County Domestic & Juvenile Court: Amended Temporary Order in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (4-1-20)

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Topic: Franklin County Common Pleas Court
With: Hon. Stephen L. McIntosh

Franklin County Common Pleas Court: Third General Order in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (4-2-20)

The Franklin County Clerk of Courts information regarding COVID-19

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Topic: Franklin County Municipal Court
With: Hon. Ted Barrows

Additional questions asked after the recording ended:

1. How does the Tolling Order effect discovery? Parties are free to engage in discovery, but the deadlines imposed by the rules are tolled. So if you have a cooperative opposing counsel, you can continue to litigate the case, but if you get no response, you will not be able to move to compel or for sanctions until the tolling order is vacated.
2. Will the court continue to process both bank & wage garnishments? The current Administrative Order does not prevent the filing of garnishments. We are holding hearings on occasions when the debtor challenges the garnishment.
3. Will the Court accept & rule on Motions for Default Judgments and Motions for Summary judgments? The court will accept such motions. If the Answer deadline was before March 9th, that is, if the Defendant was in default already, then we will grant default judgments. Regarding MSJs, if a motion and a response have been filed, there is no reason not to rule on the motion. If the motion was served and there was no response by the deadline and if that deadline was before March 9th then we will rule on that MSJ. But if a MSJ is filed now, we will not rule on it, in the absence of a response, until the requisite period of time after the emergency tolling is vacated.