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Magistrate

Denise Waddy

 
 

BIO

Magistrate Denise Waddy is a graduate of Springfield North High School, Springfield, Ohio. She went on to attend Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. Upon earning her B.A. in 1988, she attended the University of Dayton School of Law and received her Juris Doctor in 1993.

Magistrate Waddy worked for the Franklin County Public Defenders Office as a staff attorney before being appointed to the Franklin County Municipal Court bench as a Magistrate in 1995, where she currently still presides.

In 2005, she was the proud recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Image Award presented by the Capital University Black Law Students Association. Magistrate Waddy is a proud member of the Ohio State Bar Association where she previously served on the Advisory Council on Diversity Initiatives; a member of the Columbus Bar Association where she served as past chair of the Municipal Court Committee, as well as a previous member of the Ethics and Grievance Committee; a member of the Ohio Association of Magistrates; and former trustee of the Bexley Public Library.

Continuances

All continuance requests filed less than a week before the scheduled hearing date will be ruled upon on the scheduled hearing date. Requests for continuances, made less than seven days before the hearing date, will only be granted by agreement.

The initial court date is set by the Clerk or the Small Claims Division. Parties should seek the consent of all other parties before seeking a continuance. Agreed continuances will be freely granted. Other continuance requests will be handled on a case by case basis.
 

Decorum

Cases and people need to be moved through the process expeditiously yet fairly. The goal is to treat others in the courtroom the way you would like to be treated.

Motions & Briefs

After a motion is filed, a time-stamped copy should be delivered to the Magistrate for review prior to the date of the hearing.

Currently, the Franklin County Municipal Court has no mechanism for notifying Magistrates of pending motions. As a result, Magistrates usually see motions for the first time when a case is called for trial. Attorneys should deliver a copy of motions and all responses to the Magistrate before the scheduled court date for review.

General

Parties will be asked to attempt settlement prior to hearing. Court mediators are available. Settlement is encouraged in all cases. Parties (clients) are generally much happier with a settlement they reach on their own (as a result of hard work by their attorneys) than they are with decisions imposed upon them by a court. The Magistrate will provide any assistance possible to help parties reach a satisfactory settlement of a case, including arranging mediation services, which are available through the Court.

Motions & Briefs

After a motion is filed, a time-stamped copy should be delivered to the Magistrates for review prior to the date of the hearing.

Currently, the Franklin County Municipal Court has no mechanism for notifying Magistrates of pending motions. As a result, Magistrates usually see motions for the first time when a case is called for trial. Attorneys should deliver a copy of motions and all responses to the Magistrate before the scheduled court date for review.

General

Trials are conducted in as relaxed a manner as possible. Parties and counsel should explore all settlement options before trial. The parties are encouraged to discuss their positions and exchange all documents and information before coming to court or at court before starting a trial. Parties are encouraged to continue settlement discussions even after the start of the trial.

General

Exhibits should be disclosed and marked prior to hearing or trial. Exhibitis should also be printed out and copies made for each party.

All parties are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner. All parties should exhibit appropriate speech, dress, and attitudes while court is in session.

Due to the high volume of self-represented litigants, attorneys are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner. Attorneys, as well as litigants, should exhibit appropriate speech, dress, and attitudes while court is in session.

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