ATTENTION! The Franklin County Municipal Court is closed today
for holiday observance: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Judge James P O'Grady
375 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
||I try to run my courtroom in a relaxed atmosphere. Considering the number of cases that come through our courtroom on a daily basis, it is important that the parties, the attorneys, and all other persons involved with the court are willing to discuss the matters with a goal of efficient termination of the cases.
||Held only if requested or if the court feels it is needed. Status of the case is discussed, via phone if necessary.
|Motions and Briefs
||Motions to be submitted timely and served on opposing parties. Motion may be ruled on without oral hearing unless requested. All motion to be submitted to the court at least five days before trial date. I do not require extra copies.
||It will be my practice that continuances and extensions will be granted if reasonably possible with the understanding that all cases should be resolved within the time frames and guidelines of the Rules of Superintendence. Requests for continuances to be presented to the court a minimum of five days prior to court date. Opposing parties to be contacted regarding request.
||Pre-trials are set in all civil cases by assignment office – any additional pre-trials are set by the court.
|Pretrial Conferences and Orders
||Conferences are set in all civil cases for discussion of the case, discovery, and complex issues. Civil counsel for the parties should have authority to act on behalf of their clients since it is not necessary that the actual litigants be present at the pretrial but should be available by telephone for consultations. Counsel are required to confer before the hearing pursuant to Court Rule 6.01 and to make a sincere effort to settle the case and to agree on evidentiary matters about which there is no genuine dispute. Request for telephone pre-trials should be by motion and opposing parties must be contacted regarding request. The party requesting the continuance must initiate the conference call and contact court at designated time. Pretrial statements must be provided according to Local Rule 6.01 at all second pre-trials.
||If parties feel that a settlement conference would help resolve the case, I am more than willing to sit down with the parties or their counsel and try to effectuate a settlement to avoid protracted litigation.
||I encourage my prosecutor to meet with the attorneys to discuss the cases and if they need guidance, come and meet with me.
||Should be oral. Nolo Contendere or Alford pleas are allowed. I will consider all recommendations concerning plea arrangements that involve sentencing.
||I will grant continuances when requested – if it is within rule, preferable one week prior to trial. Opposing Parties must be contacted regarding request.
||The court will conduct preliminary questions and then counsel conducts voir dire. Peremptory challenge procedures are by the rules.
||I expect to treat everyone in a respectful and courteous manner trying to make my courtroom a place where all parties feel justice is being served. My only request is that the litigants, counsel for the parties, and the witnesses be respectful to one another and to the other parties in the courtroom. Examinations need not be conducted at the lectern. Counsel should ask permission to approach a witness. I have no attire requirements or prohibitions except no hats, sunglasses, head bands, and cell phones.
||Exhibits should be marked ahead of time with copies available for the court and the parties and the originals maintained by the court stenographer. Trial notebooks must be exchanged in accordance with pre-trial memorandum for civil cases.
||Qualifications of experts should be confirmed in accordance with the law and the rules.
|Use of Video Tapes
||Allowed with prior notice.
||By the rules.
||Conference before summation is not required.
||The court will not require the written documents, such as jury instructions. However, if they are desired, that may be an exception to the rule. Jurors are permitted to inspect exhibits at trial and in the jury room. Jurors are permitted to ask questions in writing. The jury is instructed by the judge. Counsel is permitted to talk with jurors after the verdict is read.