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Visiting Judges

Purpose

The Visiting Judge (VJ) Program for the Court of Common Pleas provides coverage for cases in those instances when the Assigned Judge is unable to hear a case that is ready to proceed to trial, or requires coverage due to an extended leave of absence.

General Guidelines

  • The VJ will hear only civil trials, as approved by the Administrative Judge.
  • The order of case assignment to the VJ(s) will be on a 1st come 1st serve basis, unless a case has been assigned in advance.
  • Trials must go forward immediately, upon assignment to the Visiting Judge.
  • Oral arguments and decisions on pending civil motions (summary judgment, motion in limine, discovery matters, etc.) can be heard by a VJ.
  • No request for a continuance is to be granted by the VJ without the approval of the Assigned Judge.
  • Any exceptions to these guidelines must be specifically approved by the Administrative Judge.
Contact information for the Visiting Judge Program

Jury Manager
Phone (614) 525-4182

Visiting Judges

The following list of Visiting Judges are approved to serve in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court - General Division. Please note attorneys are not permitted to request a specific Visiting Judge. Case assignment is made by the Court.

Honorable David E. Cain

  • Retired Judge from the Court of Common Pleas, Franklin County, Ohio

Honorable Dale A. Crawford

  • Retired Judge from the Court of Common Pleas, Franklin County, Ohio (1982 – 2006)
  • Municipal Court Judge, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio (1979 – 1982)
  • The Ohio and National Judicial College Speaker
  • Arbitrator and Mediator

Honorable Daniel Hogan

  • Retired Assistant Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney (2015-2017)
  • Retired Judge from the Court of Common Pleas, Franklin County, Ohio (1997-2014)
  • Assistant Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney (1980-1996)
  • Assistant Columbus City Prosecuting Attorney (1978-1980)

Honorable Guy L. Reece II

  • Retired Judge from the Court of Common Pleas, Franklin County, Ohio (1992-1995) (2003-2019)
  • Director of the Franklin County Board of Elections (1999-2003)
  • Municipal Court Judge, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio (1990-1992)
  • Assistant Columbus City Attorney (1980-1990)
  • Colonel U.S. Army (Retired)

Honorable Pat Sheeran

  • Retired Judge from the Court of Common Pleas, Franklin County, Ohio (2005-2016)
  • Chief Counsel and First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney (Civil Division) (2000-2005); Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office; Senior Criminal Trial and Appellate Prosecutor, (1977-1989) (1990-1994)
  • Magistrate, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. (1994-2000)
  • National Judicial College, Faculty, 2008.