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Duty Room
10th Floor
375 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-8162


The Duty Room is located in Room 10C on the 10th floor. Each week, a different judge is assigned to the duty session to handle a variety of matters that come before the court. The responsibilities of the Duty Judge include decisions concerning applications for warrants to search, applications by the Clerk to strike improper or incomplete pleadings, motions to dismiss filed by the prosecutor pursuant to Criminal Rule 48, cognovit notes, motions to excuse jurors, probable cause hearings, and performing civil wedding ceremonies.

Motions for default judgment filed in unassigned cases are processed through the Duty Room. The Duty Judge determines whether an evidentiary hearing on the issue of damages is necessary. If such a hearing is necessary, the hearing is scheduled before a magistrate in Courtroom 11A. The hearing dates for judgment debtor examinations are also scheduled by the Duty Room bailiff.

Most matters are handled on a first come, first-served basis.