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Administrative & Presiding Judge

Ted Barrows




Judge Ted barrows was elected to the Franklin County Municipal Court in 2003. His career in public service includes work as a Public Defender, City Prosecutor, and as an Ohio Assistant Attorney General.

Judge Barrows earned his Bachelors of Arts from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and his Juris Doctorate from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.

Judge Barrows enlisted in the United States Army in 1965. He was honorably discharged from the 82d Airborne Division as a Staff Sergeant in 1968.


For most civil cases, the Court will refer the case for mediation shortly after it is assigned. If mediation is unsuccessful, the Court will generally set the case for trial, while giving leave to all parties to file dispositive motions.

In cases that appear more complex, following unsuccessful mediation, the Court will issue a case scheduling order which will set deadlines for discovery, discovery motions, and dispositive motions. The order will also set a pretrial and a trial date. The pretrial is generally scheduled on the day before the scheduled trial date.

Pretrial/Status Conferences

Parties and counsel should appear for the pretrial and be prepared as set forth in Loc. R. 6.01. The pretrial will be conducted on the record.

Status conferences will be held only if requested by the parties or deemed necessary by the Court. This Court does not conduct conferences over the phone, but will accommodate an agreed request for a virtual conference over electronic media.


Proper courtroom etiquette is to be observed. Everyone is to be treated in a respectful and courteous manner. The Court expects litigants, counsel, and witnesses to be respectful of one another. Counsel should request permission to approach the bench or a witness.

Motions & Briefs

Motions are to be submitted timely and served on opposing parties. A motion may be ruled on without oral hearing unless one is requested. Motions addressed to trial issues are to be submitted to the Court at least five business days before trial. A courtesy copy of such a motion should be delivered to the chambers the same day it is filed.


This Court is traditionally relaxed and casual, but the Judge expects counsel to be aware of the Criminal Rules and the Court's Local Rules and to comply with them. In this age of the pandemic, the Judge will not look favorably on requests for repeated continuances of criminal and traffic cases.


It is in the parties' interest to file for discovery early, get it and review it, so appropriate motions can be filed within the time period set forth in the criminal rules: within 35 days after arraignment or 7 days before trial, whichever is earlier [Crim.R.12(D)]. Motions filed out of rule, unless there are extenuating circumstances, will be denied.

Do not appear at pretrial to obtain discovery. Parties must follow the rules of criminal procedure and file a discovery demand [Crim.R. 16(M)]. If the requested discovery is not received in a timely fashion, a motion to compel must be filed and a file-stamped copy provided to the Judge. The Judge will schedule a hearing.

Motions & Briefs

The Court will entertain motions for bond modification only on the record and with notice to the prosecutor. The Court will entertain requests for warrant set asides only if the defendant submits her or himself physically to the jurisdiction of the Court. The Judge is to be consulted on all in-court requests to continue a scheduled pretrial. 

Pretrial/Status Conferences

Do not bring clients to a pretrial, unless a plea agreement with the prosecuting attorney for the case has been worked out. If a plea agreement is not worked out by the pretrial date, the case will be set for jury trial.


If an agreement is worked out with the prosecuting attorney to resolve the case, parties need not wait to a scheduled hearing date. The Judge will take unscheduled pleas, with the agreement of the prosecuting attorney, at almost any time. In addition, the Judge is willing to take pleas or other case dispositions virtually, using electronic media.


Proper courtroom etiquette is to be observed. Everyone is to be treated in a respectful and courteous manner. The Court expects litigants, counsel, and witnesses to be respectful of one another. The Judge has no attire requirements or prohibitions except no hats, sunglasses or cell phones.

Exhibits are to be marked in advance with copies available for the Court and the parties. The originals shall be maintained by the court reporter.

Jury Procedures

Counsel should request permission to approach the bench or a witness. Examinations need not be conducted from the lectern. During voir dire, the Court will hear challenges on the record but out of the hearing of the jurors. The Court calls the first 10 prospective jurors for voir dire, so that counsel can make the best use of peremptory challenges.

The Court does not limit time for voir dire, opening statements or closing arguments, 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 Court permits jurors to take notes during the trial, but does not permit juror questions.


In the age of COVID, the Judge strongly recommends and expects that counsel for defense and government will actively engage in discussions long before a case comes to hearing, with a view to resolving the case with the smallest number of court appearances and the least exposure of all involved.

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