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Judge Richard S. Sheward

Common Pleas Courthouse, Courtroom 7A
345 S. High St., 7th Floor
Columbus, Oh 43215
Tel: 614-525-3770
Fax: 614-525-4240
Local Rules
Clerk of Courts' on-line records

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

Catherine Culp
General court information; to inquire about scheduling mediation, magistrate trials, or damages hearings.

Pat Griffin
To inquire about procedures and processes in any criminal matters before the court; to report settlement of a civil case.

Amy Koorn
Staff Attorney
To request a status conference or to inquire about any pending civil matters before the court.

Linda Shupe
Court Reporter
To order transcripts.

Mark Petrucci
To inquire about matters referred to the Magistrate.

Civil Litigation Preferences
(for info on criminal procedures and preferences, please call the Judge’s bailiff)
Status Conferences
Judge Sheward is available at the parties’ request. He appreciates 24 hour notice and courtesy copies of any pertinent filings, but if the situation requires, he will see the parties immediately.
Pre-Trial memos are primarily intended to give Judge Sheward a quick overview of the case and alert him to the potential objections or issues that may arise.
Judge Sheward does not conduct the voir dire. However, he keeps it moving along and does not permit attorneys to try their cases before the jury is selected. Voir dire is not on the record, unless counsel requests a record.