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Judge Kim Brown

Common Pleas Courthouse, Courtroom 5E
345 S. High St., 5th Floor
Columbus, Oh 43215
Tel: 614-525-3811
Fax: 614-525-2464

Local Rules
Clerk of Courts' on-line records

Who to call . . .when you need . . .

Vickie Amrine
general court info

Lynn Hardesty
to request a status conference or to inquire about procedures and processes in all matters before the court.

Eric Hopkins
Staff Attorney
to inquire about any pending civil matters before the court; to request a status conference on any civil case; and to report settlement of a civil case.

Maggie A. Snyder, RPR
Court Reporter
to order transcripts.

Jennifer R. Cordle
to inquire about already scheduled mediation, magistrate trials, preliminary injunction, or damages hearings.

Civil Litigation Preferences
(for info on criminal procedures and preferences, please call the Judge’s bailiff)
See Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure and the Franklin County Rules of Practice for the Court of Common Pleas – General Division.
Status Conferences
Not part of the original case schedule, but will be set at parties’ request.
Not part of the original case schedule, but will be set at parties’ request.
Motion Practice
See Local Rules 11, 12, 21, 53, and 57, and the dispositive motion deadline in the original case schedule.
See Local Rule 47 and the discovery cut-off date in the original case schedule.
Settlement Conferences
Court will refer cases to the Magistrate for mediation, so long as the mediation does not interfere with the trial date assigned in the original case schedule.
Continuances or Amended Case Schedules
All continuances and amendments to the original case schedule, even if agreed to by all parties, must be submitted to the Court for its approval.
  • All pre-trial statements shall be submitted and filed with the Court by the date of the pre-trial conference, if set, or fourteen days prior to trial.
  • Counsel shall prepare proposed jury instructions and forward them as an e-mail attachment fourteen days prior to the trial date to my staff attorney.
  • All motions in limine shall be filed thirty days prior to the trial date, and shall also be e-mailed to my staff attorney.
  • Any party intending to use a power-point presentation during opening statements shall submit a copy of their presentation to the Court for its approval, 14 days before the trial date.
  • All voir dire shall be limited to thirty minutes per side, and the Court will conduct preliminary questioning of the jurors.
  • Opening statements will not exceed 30 minutes per side and closing arguments will not exceed 45 minutes per side