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Magistrate Ed Skeens

Common Pleas Courthouse
345 South High Street, Courtroom 6C
Columbus, OH 43215
Magistrate for Judge Beatty Blunt and Judge French

This Courtroom has an Audio/Video Digital Recording System.


Ed Skeens
CONTACTS
Direct (optional): (614) 525-4281
Facsimile: (614) 525-6292
Email: Edwin_Skeens@fccourts.org

PREFERENCES AND PRACTICES
General
Please be prepared to proceed as scheduled. Please address any issues first with the other side and include the other side in communications with me.
Professionalism
Please be courteous and civil.
Status Conferences
Upon request, an in-person or telephone status conference can be scheduled.
Motions/Briefs
Please make sure you deliver copies to me.
Continuances
Please be aware of the policies of the referring Judge on continuances. If the matter has previously been continued, approval of the referring Judge may be required for a continuance. Please do not wait to the last minute to address continuances, because no back-up cases are scheduled on the Magistrate’s docket.
Damages Hearings
Please be aware that these are evidentiary hearings, and the Rules of Evidence apply.
Mediation/Settlement
Mediation briefs are not required, but will be reviewed if filed. Party representatives and adjustors are expected to attend. If one side is unwilling to negotiate, please let me know in advance.
Stenographic and Recording Equipment
Please do not assume that equipment will be available for playing depositions.

TRIAL
Final Pre-Trial Conferences/Final Pre-Trial Orders
I do not normally schedule a final pre-trial, but one can be scheduled upon request.
Exhibits
Please pre-mark, with letters for Plaintiff and numbers for Defendant.
Stipulations
Encouraged.
Motions in Limine
Addressed at the appropriate time during trial.
Method for Voir Dire
I do not set formal time limits, but I encourage counsel to avoid chatting with panel members about personal lives. Attorneys voir dire the entire panel of 18, then exercise challenges outside the presence of the panel.