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Administrative Magistrate Tony Paat
375 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Courtroom 11D
Appointed 1994
Courtroom 11D
Secretary Lori Banfield (614) 645-6296
Bailiff Kathy Janoski (614) 645-7598
Fax (614) 645-8732

Commencement of Action and General Procedures

Motions and Briefs After a motion is filed, a time-stamped copy should be delivered to the magistrate, prior to the date of the hearing, for review.
Continuances Requests for continuances, made less than seven days before the hearing date, will only be granted by agreement.

Civil Pretrial Procedures

Settlement Parties will be asked to attempt settlement prior to hearing. Court mediators are available.


Exhibits Exhibits should be disclosed and marked prior to hearing.


Decorum Cases and people need to be moved through the process expeditiously yet fairly. The goal is to treat others in the courtroom the way you would like to be treated.