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TRAFFIC ARRAIGNMENTS AND EVICTION HEARINGS RESUMED OPERATIONS AT 375 SOUTH HIGH STREET ON JULY 6, 2021.

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Judge

Eileen Y. Paley

ELECTED 2015

 
 

BIO

Judge Eileen Paley has been an advocate for justice, safe neighborhoods, and the arts community since she began serving her community in 2009. She was on Columbus City Council from 2009 until 2015 when the voters elected her a Judge of the Franklin County Municipal Court. Judge Paley serves on the Probation Committee, the Rules and Policy Committee, Finance and Budget Committee, and the Courthouse Renovation Committee for the Franklin County Municipal Court. She strives for alternatives to jail and has helped several first of their kind programs at the court, including CAP IT, a domestic violence program for the LGBTQ community, and MAT, a medically assisted treatment program.

An attorney with more than three decades of experience in private practice, Judge Paley practiced in many areas including but not limited to: criminal, civil, landlord tenant, real estate, zoning, criminal, consumer, juvenile, construction law, and corporate law. While on Columbus City Council Judge Paley was the chair of the Administration, Judiciary & Court Administration, Veterans' Affairs, Public Service and Transportation, Utilities, and Community Relations Committees, bringing to her public service a thorough understanding of the law and firsthand experience with the challenges facing the community.
 
Shortly after beginning her service on Council, Judge Paley helped lead the city’s partnership with the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, the Franklin County Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the Franklin County Sherriff’s Office, and ADAMH to establish two specialty dockets in the Municipal Court: the Solicitation Program and the Addiction Program. The dockets provide fair and adequate treatment responses to non-violent defendants who exhibit histories of alcohol, chemical dependence, or solicitation. Since that time the Municipal Court has adopted six special entity dockets serving the community. Judge Paley’s mantra was and is “saving money while saving lives.”

Prior to assuming office, Judge Paley served as a commissioner for the Columbus Civil Service Commission. She has served on numerous boards of directors and held leadership positions with many organizations including the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Neighborhood House, the National Council of Jewish Women, Dynamic Leadership, Inc., the Columbus Area Labor Management Committee, and the Legal Task Force of the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence. 

Judge Paley is a proud resident of Columbus, Ohio and graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The Ohio State University and a Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School. She lives on the Far East Side of Columbus with her husband Brian and six cats. In her free time, Judge Paley enjoys the arts and spending time with her large immediate and extended families.

Continuances

Continuances and extensions will be granted if reasonably possible with the understanding that all cases should be resolved within the time frame and guidelines of the Rules of Superintendence. Requests for continuances should be presented to the Court a minimum of five (5) days prior to the court date. Opposing parties are to be contacted regarding the request.

Decorum

The courtroom is a place in which everyone will be treated in a respectful and courteous manner as to provide an environment where all parties feel justice is being served. Litigants, counsel for the parties, and witnesses must be respectful to one another and to all parties in the courtroom. Examinations need not be conducted at the lectern. Counsel should ask permission to approach a witness. Cell phones and wireless devices must remain off while in the courtroom. 

Motions & Briefs

Motions must be submitted timely and served on opposing parties. Motions may be ruled on without oral hearings, unless requested. All motions are to be submitted to the Court at least five (5) days before the trial date. It is the practice that all motion hearings, in any case that one is requested, will be done in a liberal and relaxed manner with extensions granted for good cause.

Status Conferences

Status Conferences are held only on request or if the Court deems necessary. Parties should be prepared to discuss preliminary matters including but not limited to discovery issues, preliminary motions, etc. Status conferences may be held by phone or Zoom if parties agree or the Court requests. If Zoom is requested, parties must provide the Court correct contact names and emails for all parties three (3) days prior to the Zoom conference.

Other

The courtroom is run in a courteous and efficient manner. There is a high volume case load on a daily basis. To ensure that justice is served for each case in a timely fashion, it is important that the parties, attorneys, and all other persons involved with the case are willing to discuss the matters with a goal of efficient termination of the cases. It is important to remember that this is the “People’s Court” and as such, the people must be given the benefit of an efficient system. In doing so, it is essential that all parties, attorneys, and witness be on time for their scheduled case(s). The Court encourages the prosecutor to meet with the opposing counsel to discuss the case(s) and exchange any discovery requested.

Motions & Briefs

All motions and briefs are to be submitted timely and served on opposing parties. Courtesy copies delivered to the Judge will expedite rulings. Parties should request a hearing when necessary. Collaboration with parties and the Court is appreciated.

General

Pretrial conferences are set in all cases for discussion of the case, discovery, and complex issues. All parties should have authority to act on behalf of litigants, since it is not necessary for the actual litigants to be present at the pretrial. Litigants with attorneys appearing on their behalf must be available by telephone for consultation. Counsel are required to confer before the hearing pursuant to Local Court Rule 6.01, making a sincere effort to settle the case and to agree on evidentiary matters about which there is no genuine dispute. Request for telephone or Zoom pretrials should be submitted by motion and opposing parties must be contacted regarding the request. The party requesting the continuance must initiate the conference call and contact the court at the designated time. If Zoom is requested, parties must provide the Court correct contact names and emails for all parties three (3) days prior to the Zoom conference. Pretrial Statements must be provided according to Local Court Rule 6.01 at all second pretrials.
 

General

All pleas should be oral unless otherwise agreed to by the Court and parties. Zoom hearings are acceptable. Nolo Contendere pleas (defendant does not admit guilt but does not contest criminal charges) or Alford pleas (defendant enters a plea of guilty but maintains innocence) are allowed with previous discussion with the Court. The Court will consider all recommendations concerning plea arrangements that involve sentencing. If Zoom is requested, parties must provide the Court correct contact names and emails for all parties three (3) days prior to the Zoom conference.

Criminal and traffic cases are automatically set for pretrial after a jury demand is filed. Criminal Defendants are to be present for a plea unless counsel has a court-approved Plea in Absentia form.

Discovery

The assigned prosecutors are encouraged to meet with the attorneys to discuss the cases. If further guidance is needed, the Court shall be available. Discovery must be requested prior to pretrial date via the Columbus City Attorney's Matrix application. Contact the courtroom prosecutor directly to discuss any issues with discovery. Prosecutors' Courtroom Assignments  

Motions & Briefs

All motions and briefs are to be submitted timely and served on opposing parties. Courtesy copies delivered to the Judge will expedite rulings. Parties should request a hearing when necessary. Collaboration with parties and the Court is appreciated. Hearing dates for motions will not be scheduled until a motion is filed.

Pretrial/Status Conferences

Criminal defendants must be present at all pretrial hearings unless a non-appearance is approved by the Court. Zoom hearings are available and can be arranged through the Bailiff. Counsel should be prepared to discuss their case with the prosecutor and attempt to terminate the matter at the pretrial conference if at all possible.

Other

The Court will only entertain motions for bond modification on the record, in open court with prior notice to the prosecutor.

General

The Court may have 30 jury trials on any given day. The courtroom is an environment where all shall be treated in a respectful and courteous manner, ensuring to all parties that justice is being served. Litigants, counsel for the parties, and the witnesses are to be respectful to one another and to all parties in the courtroom as if they were invited to someone else’s home. Cell phones and wireless devices must remain off while in the courtroom. Examinations need not be conducted at the lectern. Counsel should ask permission to approach a witness.

Exhibits should be marked ahead of time with copies available for the Court, jurors, and the parties with the originals maintained by the court reporter. Trial notebooks must be exchanged in accordance with the pretrial memorandum for civil cases. Qualifications of experts should be confirmed in accordance with the law and the rules.

Dates

Notices of trial are issued by the Court. Continuances will be granted when requested ONLY if it is within rule, preferably one week prior to trial. Opposing parties must be contacted regarding requests. The daily trial schedule is 30-50 cases, in addition to 30-50 pretrials and revocations.

Jury Procedures

Counsel conducts voir dire. Peremptory challenge procedures are by the rules. The Court will not require written documents, such as jury instructions. However, if they are desired, the Judge may make an exception to the rule. Jurors are permitted to inspect exhibits at trial and in the jury room. The Court generally seats two alternates in addition to the sworn jurors. Jurors are permitted to ask questions in writing. The Court does not limit the time devoted to opening or closing statements, in the belief that wise and experienced trial counsel have no interest in irritating jurors or prospective jurors, or in putting them to sleep during the trial. The jury is instructed by the Judge. Counsel is permitted to talk to the jurors after the verdict is read.

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