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Judge Gina Russo

Common Pleas Courthouse, Courtroom 5A
345 S. High St., 5th Floor
Columbus, Oh 43215
Tel: 614-525-3664
Fax: 614-525-4240
Local Rules
Clerk of Courts' on-line records

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

Elizabeth Bright
Call for general court information.

Sarah Brandon
Call to inquire about procedures and processes in any criminal matters before the court.

Luke Gilchrist
Staff Attorney
Call to request a status conference or to inquire about any pending civil matters before the court and discuss referrals to magistrate.

Karla Kaeser
Court Reporter
Call to order transcripts.

Elizabeth Watters
Call to inquire about scheduling mediation, magistrate trials, or damages hearings.

Civil Litigation Preferences
  • Evidence Cart: If an evidence cart will be used during trial, counsel should contact the Bailiff no later than one week prior to the trial date to reserve one. Attorneys unfamiliar with the Court’s courtroom technology are encouraged to contact the Court’s IT staff at 614-525-7587 to schedule a tutorial session.
Status Conferences
  • Scheduled upon request.
  • Parties must exchange witness lists and exhibits before the final pre-trial.
  • The parties shall e-mail a working copy of their proposed jury instructions to either the Staff Attorney or the Bailiff by the date of the final pre-trial. The parties shall bring a hard copy of their proposed jury instructions with them to the final pre-trial.
  • Parties are to be ready to discuss any outstanding motions.
  • The Court will not rule on objections made at a deposition over the phone. The parties should note the objection on the record and proceed forward with the remainder of the deposition.
  • Parties are to make every effort to resolve discovery disputes before bringing them to the Court.
  • The Court’s preferred way of dealing with discovery disputes is through written motion.
Settlement Conferences
  • Mediations are available before Magistrate Watters. Call the Magistrate to schedule a date and time.
Continuances or Amended Case Schedules
  • All requests for a continuance must be done via a motion.
  • The parties shall e-mail a working copy of their jury instructions to either the Staff Attorney or the Bailiff by the date of the final pre-trial.
  • In regards to testimony, there will be direct, cross and re-direct. The Court will not allow re-cross unless the situation calls for it.
  • The Court does not allow speaking objections. State the grounds for the objection and the Court will hold a sidebar if further argument is needed.
  • Notify the Court ahead of time if you believe trial will be longer than one-week.
Motion Practice
  • All Motions in Limine shall be filed no later than thirty (30) days before the final pre-trial.
  • The Court will only schedule oral hearings on motions upon request, and if it feels that arguments are needed.