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Magistrates

Mission Statement


The Court's nine Magistrates are experienced attorneys who are employed by the Court on a full-time basis to perform a variety of civil and criminal judicial functions on behalf of the Court's seventeen Judges.

About the Court Magistrates


Pursuant to Ohio Civil Rule 53 and Local Rule 99, the Magistrates preside over jury trials, jury-waived trials, motion hearings, discovery hearings, damages hearings, mediation conferences, pre-trial and status conferences, and a variety of proceedings in aid of execution of judgment. Pursuant to Ohio Criminal Rule 19, the Magistrates conduct felony arraignments and, in that process, set bond and appoint counsel to represent indigent defendants.

Relevant Local Rules


Local Rule 71 - Criminal Assignments
Local Rule 77 - Indigent Defendant
Local Rule 99 - Court Referee/Magistrate
Local Rule 101 - Broadcasting, Television & Recording Court Proceedings
Local Rule 105 - Mandatory Mediation

Pamela Broer Browning
Pamela S. Erdy
Timothy N. Harildstad
Christine B. Lippe
Timothy P. McCarthy
Mark Petrucci
Edwin L Skeens
Myron A. Thompson
Elizabeth Watters

Common Pleas Courthouse


Duty Magistrate Courtroom 2B
phone 614-525-3118
fax 614-525-3012
Duty_Magistrate@fccourts.org 345 South High Street Columbus, Ohio 43215 (Please see individual Magistrate for their assigned courtroom, phone, fax.)