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Judge

Mary Kay Fenlon

ELECTED 2021

 
 

BIO

Born and raised in Columbus, Judge Mary Kay Fenlon was elected to the Franklin county Municipal Court in 2021. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Fenlon's 30-year legal career included government, private, and corporate in-house practices.  In addition, she has mentored young lawyers and volunteered her time to the  Columbus Legal Aid Society's TAP program and the Franklin County Court's Juvenile Justice Restoration program.  Judge Fenlon also is the founder of Rock and Roll Over Brain Cancer, Inc., a non-profit that raises money for brain cancer research at The James Cancer Hospital. 

Judge Fenlon holds a B.A in Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from Capital University Law School. 

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. Agreed requests are preferred. Motions must specify whether the request is agreed or opposed.

Decorum

Proper courtroom etiquette must be observed. 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 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.

Status Conferences

Status Conferences are held only on request or if the Court feels it is needed. 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.
 

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.

Pretrial/Status Conferences

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, as 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 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

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.

Motions & Briefs

All motions and briefs are to be submitted timely and served on opposing parties. 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.

Discovery

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.

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.

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