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Magistrate

Tony Paat

 
 

BIO

Magistrate Tony Paat was appointed in 1994. Prior to taking the bench, he served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Columbus. Magistrate Paat graduated from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1988. 

Continuances

Continuances will be granted if they are agreed to by the parties, or if the request is the first request and has been made in compliance with Local Rule 11.03. Other continuance requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Motions & Briefs

Copies of any motion and any response thereto should be delivered to the Magistrate's office before the scheduled court date for review.

Decorum

Parties, witnesses, and attorneys shall conduct themselves in a courteous and respectful manner, and shall deal with others with the same dignity with which they themselves expect to be treated.

Motions & Briefs

Copies of any motion and any response thereto should be delivered to the Magistrate's office before the scheduled court date for review.

Discovery

The Magistrate will preview a case with all the parties prior to the start of a hearing in order to make sure the parties are prepared to proceed to trial. This may result in further settlement discussion or a continuance to enable preparation by the parties.

Other

Exhibits should be disclosed and marked prior to hearing.

Parties and counsel should explore all settlement options before trial. Settlement avoids all of the risks inherent in litigation (the risk of a defendant having a judgment entered against them, or the risk that a plaintiff will fail to meet the burden of proof and therefore recover nothing) and it puts the resolution of the dispute in the hands of the parties.

Any document accepted as evidence will be kept with the court file. Therefore any party wishing to submit any document into evidence should bring the original, a copy to keep for themselves, and a copy for each other party in the case so they can review what is being submitted.

Motions & Briefs

Copies of any motion and any response thereto should be delivered to the Magistrate's office before the scheduled court date for review.

Discovery

The Magistrate will preview a case with all the parties prior to the start of a hearing in order to make sure the parties are prepared to proceed to trial. This may result in further settlement discussion or a continuance to enable preparation by the parties.

Other

Exhibits should be disclosed and marked prior to hearing.

Presenting evidence on a cell phone is discouraged. Be prepared with a hard copy of any photo or document intended to be submitted as evidence and a means to display the picture or video on the courtroom evidence cart. Contact the Bailiff or Secretary for evidence cart questions.

Pretrial

A pretrial conference may be schedule at the request of the parties.

The Magistrate will preview the case with all the parties prior to the start of a hearing in order to make sure the parties are prepared to proceed to trial. This may result in further settlement discussion or a continuance to enable preparation by the parties. 

Exhibits

Presenting evidence on a cell phone is discouraged. Be prepared with a hard copy of any photo or document intended to be submitted as evidence and a means to display the picture or video on the courtroom evidence cart. Contact the Bailiff or Secretary for evidence cart questions.

Exhibits should be disclosed and marked prior to hearing.

Any document accepted as evidence will be kept with the court file. Therefore any party wishing to submit any document into evidence should bring the original, a copy to keep for themselves, and a copy for each party in the case so they can review all submissions.

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