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Judge Jaiza N. Page

Common Pleas Courthouse, Courtroom 3E
345 S. High St., 3rd Floor
Columbus, Oh 43215
Term Expires: January 2025
Fax: 614-525-5888
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Who to call . . .when you need . . .

Kateresa Lee
Secretary
614-525-6288
To inquire about general court info
To report that the parties have reached a settlement in a civil case
To call-in for a telephone status conference
To schedule a classroom visit to the courtroom

Kaila Hawk
Bailiff
614-525-5889
To ask procedural questions on any criminal matters before the Court
To request a continuance
To schedule a status conference
To request referral to Magistrate for mediation and/or trial

Isaac J. Rinsky
Staff Attorney
614-525-4511
To check on status of pending civil actions and/or motions
To ask procedural questions on any civil matters before the Court
To report that the parties are engaging in settlement (even if one not reached yet) and address
how that may impact any pending motions
To request a status conference

Jo-Retta Grooms, RPR
Court Reporter
614-525-3765
To order transcripts

Mark Petrucci
Magistrate
614-525-5558
Courtroom 3E COVID-19 Criminal and Civil Preferences

June 1, 2020 through August 28, 2020, the Court will operate utilizing a rotating docket schedule to limit the number of people entering the courthouse and to comply with all applicable COVID-19 guidelines. Courtroom 3E will conduct in-person hearings during the following weeks:
June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 28, August 10 and August 24. Please take the opportunity to review the Fourth General Order in Response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Public Health Emergency filed May 19, 2020.

General
Professional behavior best serves your clients and the Court. Note that the "Introductory Statement on Civility" published on page four of the Local Rules for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has universal applicability. Individuals entering the courtroom must dress appropriately (no flip flops, pajamas, shorts, tank tops, or apparel with offensive content). All cell phones and other electric devices must be turned off or set to vibrate prior to entering the courtroom. Everyone entering the Courthouse must wear a protective mask and comply with all social distancing guidelines. Please use hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently while in the Courthouse.
CRIMINAL

Continuances
The Court will comply with the Supreme Court Tolling Order and Am. Sub. H.B. 197. The Court will allow parties to continue a criminal matter without appearing, if all parties agree. Prior to the scheduled court date, please contact Kaila Hawk by email at Kaila_Hawk@fccourts.org, include all parties on the email, and confirm that everyone is in agreement with the continuance. In the event the Governor’s State of Emergency order is lifted, the Court will contact counsel to avoid unnecessary delays or the creation of speedy trial issues.

In-Custody Defendants
In-Custody Defendants currently scheduled to appear in Courtroom 3E on an “off-week” will be continued to a date listed above. Please contact the Court immediately if there are any speedy-trial issues.

Out of Custody Defendants
Out of Custody Defendants currently scheduled to appear in Courtroom 3E on an “off-week” will be continued to a date listed above. Please contact the Court immediately if you are aware of any speedy-trial issues, as these Defendants will likely have trial dates set in August or later.

Hearings By Video
The Court can conduct hearings by video, i.e. Zoom or BlueJeans, at any time all parties and the Court are available. This includes during weeks not listed above. This will be handled on a case-by-case basis and only conducted with the agreement of all parties. If you wish to conduct a hearing by video either while the Court is conducting in-person hearings, or during a week when the Court is not, please contact Kaila Hawk by email at Kaila_Hawk@fccourts.org.

Revocations/Dispo Days
Dispo Days will proceed as scheduled. Please contact the Court if you have any questions.

Miscellaneous Hearings
All miscellaneous hearings currently scheduled for the months of June, July and August 2020, for a Defendant on Community Control will be stricken.

Trials
The Court will conduct criminal trials during the dates listed above. Trials will commence at 9:00 a.m. and recess for the day around 3:00 p.m. Lunch and other breaks may be shortened to accommodate the revised court schedule. However, these hours may be altered to accommodate witness schedules. Trial witnesses may be taken out of order for the convenience of the witness, subject to objection by opposing counsel.

Trial exhibits must be pre-marked and exchanged with opposing counsel prior to the Pre-Trial Conference. Counsel shall make efforts to mark joint exhibits when possible. Each party must submit a separate exhibit and witness list to the Court prior to voir dire.

All Counsel and parties are required to wear masks during trial. Counsel and the Witnesses, will be permitted to pull down their mask or remove it, only during the times that he or she is speaking. Any person that is speaking with a pulled down mask must remain six feet from all other persons.

Motions in Limine may only be filed after a good faith effort to resolve issues between counsel, and must be filed no later than fourteen (14) days before trial and responsive briefs must be submitted no later than seven (7) days before trial. Copies should be emailed to the Staff Attorney.

Counsel is encouraged to share exhibits with witnesses prior to the trial date and utilize courtroom technology where appropriate to decrease the chances of transmitting the virus through paper.

The Jury will occupy Courtroom 3E for deliberations to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Counsel must be available during jury deliberations on ten (10) minutes notice and are required to leave cell phone numbers with the Bailiff or Staff Attorney.

Voir Dire
The Court reserves the right to limit voir dire. One hour per side is usually sufficient. Depending on the number of jurors requested, the Court will allow counsel to question the entire venire one time, and all challenges will be done outside the presence of the jury. Please be mindful that due to applicable CDC, State and Local Health Department Guidelines, the number of jurors questioned in the courtroom at the same time may have to change. The Court will determine the process for voir dire on a case-by-case basis with the agreement of counsel. The Court allows the taking of notes by jurors, but jurors are not permitted to ask questions.

Counsel and the jurors will be permitted to pull down their mask or remove it, only during the times that he or she is speaking. The Court will not require any juror who is not comfortable pulling down their mask to do so during voir dire.

Jury Instructions
Jury instructions must be submitted to the Bailiff and Secretary by email as a Microsoft Word document. Parties are to discuss and come to an agreement of final instructions. If parties cannot agree on jury instructions, the parties are to submit one final formatted instruction, with any sections highlighted where parties disagree. A copy of any additional information for parties supporting arguments should be provided to the Court and opposing counsel.

Status Conferences
The Court will require a brief status conference by phone the Friday before a case is scheduled for trial. Only counsel will be required to participate, and they must be prepared to discuss the number of days the trial will take, changes to the normal trial procedure to comply with social distancing requirements, the number of witnesses, voir dire, proposed jury instructions and any evidentiary issues anticipated. If the parties cannot agree during the status conference to a procedure that the Court believes preserves the rights of all parties to a fair trial while also protecting all participants from exposure to COVID 19, the Court reserves the right to continue the case and toll the Defendant’s speedy trial rights under R.C. 2945.72(H).

CIVIL

Status Conferences
Status conferences may be conducted either by the Court, the Staff Attorney, or both. Unless otherwise specified by the Court, status conferences will be conducted by telephone. Please contact Isaac Rinsky by email at Isaac_Rinsky@fccourts.org to schedule the status conference. The Court does not generally hold oral arguments on legal issues unless specifically requested by the parties in a case of extreme legal complexity or on an issue of first impression.

Motions Practice
The Court will comply with the Supreme Court Tolling Order and Am. Sub. H.B. 197. Leave of Court is required to extend any time-period for filing motions outside of the deadline imposed pursuant to the Supreme Court order and/or legislation. No stipulation or agreed entry will change any deadline without Court approval, except those filed pursuant to Loc. R. 13.01. Page limits (Loc.R. 12) will be enforced except with express leave of the Court. Pinpoint citations to legal authority or evidentiary materials help to ensure that such materials can be located when reviewing motions, and should be used. All discovery related motions must comply with Civ.R. 37 and state with specificity the efforts made prior to involving the Court. Parties are encouraged to contact the Staff Attorney and request a status conference prior to resorting to discovery related motions practice. All motions, including motions for default judgment, must include a certificate of service and counsel’s phone number and email address in the signature block.

Pre-Trials
Pre-Trials may be conducted either by the Court, the Staff Attorney, or both. Unless otherwise specified by the Court, pre-trials will be conducted by telephone. Please contact Isaac Rinsky by email at Isaac_Rinsky@fccourts.org to schedule the pre-trial. Prior to the Final Pre-Trial Conference, counsel for the parties must confer and discuss their waiver of jury, consent to allowing the Magistrate to hear their case, and be prepared to discuss the length of the trial, the number of witnesses to be called, jury instructions, outstanding motions, or any other issues related to trial. Please note that Courtroom 3E will not conduct any Civil Jury Trials during the month of June.

If your case is going to trial after June, the Court will require a brief status conference by phone the Friday before a case is scheduled for trial. Only counsel will be required to participate, and they must be prepared to discuss the number of days the trial will take, changes to the normal trial procedure to comply with social distancing requirements, the number of witnesses, voir dire, proposed jury instructions and any evidentiary issues anticipated. If the parties cannot agree during the status conference to a procedure that the Court believes preserves the rights of all parties to a fair trial while also protecting all participants from exposure to COVID 19, the Court reserves the right to continue the case.

Trials
The Court may conduct civil trials during July and August of 2020. Trials will commence at 9:00 a.m. and recess for the day around 3:00 p.m. Lunch and other breaks may be shortened to accommodate the revised court schedule. However, these hours may be altered to accommodate witness schedules. Trial witnesses may be taken out of order for the convenience of the witness, subject to objection by opposing counsel.

Trial exhibits must be pre-marked and exchanged with opposing counsel prior to the Pre-Trial Conference. Counsel shall make efforts to mark joint exhibits when possible. Each party must submit a separate exhibit and witness list to the Court prior to voir dire.

All Counsel and parties are required to wear masks during trial. Counsel and the Witnesses, will be permitted to pull down their mask or remove it, only during the times that he or she is speaking. Any person that is speaking with a pulled down mask must remain six feet from all other persons.

Motions in Limine may only be filed after a good faith effort to resolve issues between counsel, and must be filed no later than fourteen (14) days before trial and responsive briefs must be submitted no later than seven (7) days before trial. Copies should be emailed to the Staff Attorney.

Counsel is encouraged to share exhibits with witnesses prior to the trial date and utilize courtroom technology where appropriate to decrease the chances of transmitting the virus through paper.

The Jury will occupy Courtroom 3E for deliberations to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Counsel must be available during jury deliberations on ten (10) minutes notice and are required to leave cell phone numbers with the Bailiff or Staff Attorney.

Voir Dire
The Court reserves the right to limit voir dire. One hour per side is usually sufficient. Depending on the number of jurors requested, the Court will allow counsel to question the entire venire one time, and all challenges will be done outside the presence of the jury. Please be mindful that due to applicable CDC, State and Local Health Department Guidelines, the number of jurors questioned in the courtroom at the same time may have to change. The Court will determine the process for voir dire on a case-by-case basis with the agreement of counsel. The Court allows the taking of notes by jurors, but jurors are not permitted to ask questions.

Counsel and the jurors will be permitted to pull down their mask or remove it, only during the times that he or she is speaking. The Court will not require any juror who is not comfortable pulling down their mask to do so during voir dire.

Jury Instructions
Jury instructions must be submitted to the Staff Attorney by email in a Microsoft Word format no later than one week before trial. Prior to this, the parties are to discuss jury instructions and make reasonable attempts to agree such that one set of instructions may be presented to the Court. If the parties cannot agree on jury instructions, the parties are to submit one set of instructions by email to the Staff Attorney as a Microsoft Word document. This document should be in the final formatting stage, ready to be read to the jury, with any sections where the parties disagree marked up to show the content of each parties’ request. The Court may then require the parties to participate in a status conference prior to trial to resolve issues with the proposed instructions.

Foreclosure Cases
All motions for distribution of excess funds will be set for an afternoon hearing at which the party requesting disbursal of the excess funds must appear and provide evidence of their identity and their entitlement to the funds. These hearings may also be conducted by video on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Court if you would prefer to conduct the hearing by video.

Continuances or Amended Case Schedules
If a continuance or amendment of the case scheduling order is requested outside of the tolled time pursuant to the Supreme Court Tolling Order and Am. Sub. H.B. 197, the party requesting the continuance or amendment must submit a proposed amended case scheduling order with their motion. Continuances of trial dates will be granted liberally.

Notice of Settlement
Counsel must call the Staff Attorney or Secretary as soon as possible when a settlement has been reached. When notice of settlement is received, the Court will create an entry giving the parties twenty (20) days to file a final entry or dismissal of the case. This time period may be extended for good cause shown.

Courtroom Technology
Utilizing Courtroom technology during this time is very important. Parties wishing to utilize courtroom technology must call the bailiff to reserve an evidence cart no later than one week prior to trial. If a party is unfamiliar with how to use the evidence cart, he/she may schedule a time with the bailiff to go over the use of the evidence cart.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Courtroom. We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone and we will work to resolve all issues and answer any questions in a timely manner. Be safe and stay healthy!