Minor misdemeanor cases are scheduled for a trial before the Court after arraignment and assignment. All other cases are scheduled for a pretrial hearing after arraignment and assignment. Continuances of pretrial hearings will be granted for good cause.
Motions & Briefs
Written motions on a pending action must be made according to the Local Court Rules or Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure. Briefs are required to support a written motion. Motions may be made orally if entertained by the Court.
Discovery shall be handled upon demand between the prosecutor and defense counsel or the defendant. Reasonable continuances to obtain discovery may be granted upon request.
Status conferences are generally not separately scheduled, but may be arranged upon request. Personal appearance of a defendant may be waived if arranged in advance for a pretrial hearing or status conference.
Pleas in abstentia will be accepted upon presentation of the completed form approved by the Court for traffic (TRC and TRD) cases only, so long as the defendant is a U.S. citizen. Pleas in abstentia cannot be accepted for criminal misdemeanor cases (CRB).
Interpreters shall be provided upon request of a defendant, attorney, or witness. Usually, plea hearings and some motion hearings are recorded by a digital audio/video system installed in the courtroom to preserve a record. Request an Interpreter