Tools and Bench Aids

File Name

File Description

 Adam Walsh Forms:

Juvenile

Adult

Adult (fillable)

 

 

Forms for sentencing adult and juvenile offenders under the federal Adam Walsh Act requirements. (1/7/2008)(reviewed 6/19)

 

Address Confidentiality for Judges

 

Information and Attorney General form for address confidentiality provisions established in GA 132, HB 341.  (4/10/2019)

 

Child Sexual Abuse Bench Book

 

Judge Robert P. Ringland's guide to assist the bench in addressing evidentiary issues common to child sexual abuse cases. (7/1/2015)

 

Code of Judicial Conduct (Ohio)

 

This is a link from the Ohio Supreme Court which explains the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct.

Cognovit Judgments Bench Card

 

This bench card includes a checklist of statutory requirements for a valid cognovit note (R.C. 2323.13) and case law.

Court Fines/Costs Bench Card

 

This bench card briefly explains the differences between court costs and fines, when enforcing fines by incarceration is appropriate, and the process for a court to substitute community service as payment for court costs. It also includes citations to state statutes and court cases. (2/10/2014)

CQE

Certification for Qualification for Employment (2016 Annual Report)

 

Department of Rehabilitations and Corrections Form 2599

 

Form for Judicial Request for Community Sanctions (3/19/2014)

Diversity Calendar Here is a calendar which contains a comprehensive list of holidays throughout the year.  Please use this if you would like to while you are scheduling.  Please remember this calendar is only for your information, and is not a requirement to use.

Driver's License Law (Ohio)

 

Judge Jennifer P. Weiler's updated chart for Driver's License Law. (4/6/2017)

Driver's License Suspensions and Reinstatement Handbook (Ohio)

 

Judge Deborah J. Nicastro and Magistrate Robert G. Walton's Ohio Driver's License Suspensions and Reinstatement Handbook - A Practical Guide for Attorneys. (9/17/2017)

 

Duty to Fingerprint

 

Chapter 109 of the Revised Code creates responsibilities to obtain and maintain fingerprints

 

Fee Waiver Affidavit (draft)

 

Determination of Indigence in Civil Filings

IDAT Manual

 

A resource manual on indigent driver's alcohol treatment (IDAT) funds that outlines the statutory code provision that govern IDAT funds and describes best practices for administering the funds. The reference manual includes sample court entries and examples of memoranda of understanding entered into by some courts and their local boards. The manual was created jointly by the Judicial Conference, the Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA), and the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) (2/22/2018)

Ignition Interlock Requirements

 

HB 388 review and update for municipal and county court judges from Judge Ken Spanagel. (4/6/2017)

Impaired Driving Law (Ohio)

 

Judge Jennifer P. Weiler's updated chart for Impaired Driving Laws. [effective 4/6/17 and updated 1/3/2018]

Intoxilyzer 8000

 

A continually updated listing of decisions addressing Intoxilyzer 8000 issues. Each order shows how one judge handled an issue. Inclusion of an order in this list does not give the order any greater precedential significance. (1/30/2014)

Jail-Time Credit Quick Reference Guide

 

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) and the Office of the Ohio Public Defender have prepared a quick reference guide regarding jail-time credit. (4/24/2017)

Language Line Language List

 

Over-the-phone interpreting language list. (6/17/2015)

Language Line Quick Reference Guide

 

A quick reference guide to access an interpreter. (6/17/2015)

Language Services Benchcard

 

Language services program benchcard. (6/17/2015)

Language Services Resource List

 

Language services program list of resources. (6/17/2015)

LEADS Information Exchange Agreement

 

Examples of LEADS information exchange agreements. (3/13/2018)

License Suspension Under 4510.73: Transfer of Jurisdiction

 

House Bill 338 was enacted in 2011 and made changes to the jurisdiction of Ohio's courts over license suspensions.  Provided are two sample judgment entries corresponding with these changes. (1/1/2011)

License Suspensions Under RC 4510.73: Judgment Entry

 

House Bill 338 was enacted in 2011 and made changes to the jurisdiction of Ohio's courts over license suspensions.  Provided are two sample judgment entries corresponding with these changes. (1/1/2011)

 

Loriain County Probate Court Local Rule 66.09

 

Local rule on the confidentiality of guardianship files (2/11/2019)

OCPJA Criminal Bench Book

 

We are proud to make the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Criminal Bench Book, 2013 Edition available. The Bench Book is a resource developed for judges by judges. It is not intended as a comprehensive guide to the law. Instead, it is a quick reference tool to be used on the bench, containing outlines of procedures, rules, cases, and so forth. (1/30/2014)

ODRC Resources

 

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Resources (2/28/2014)

OVI - Motion to Suppress Checklist

 

Prepared by Shaker Heights Municipal Court and Judge K.J. Montgomery. (7/25/2018)

Probate Bench Cards

 

Ohio's probate bench cards were developed to support judicial officers in their duty to provide comprehensive and timely judicial action in probate cases. The probate bench cards were a collaborative between the Ohio Association of Probate Judges and the Supreme Court of Ohio. (6/23/2014)

Probate Checklists (Shelby County)

 

The Shelby County Probate Court’s program helps attorneys and pro se filers to provide the necessary probate forms required in most probate proceedings. This “checklist” provides attorneys and pro se filers with the tools they need to process pleadings in a timely fashion and avoid delays due to omissions and errors. (1/22/2014)

Probation Supervision and Revocation Policies Model

 

These entries are provided to assist counties in developing probation supervision and violations policies as mandated in House Bill 86, effective September 30, 2011. (2/28/2014)

 
 
This is a Bench Card provided by the several groups which can help judges maintain the perceived fairness of court proceedings.

 

Professional Ideals for Ohio Lawyers and Judges

 

This is a link to the "Professional Ideals for Ohio Lawyers and Judges" which is from the Ohio Supreme Court's website.  This publication puts forward ideals of professionalism for lawyers and judges.
Public Defender (Ohio) Standards and Guidelines 2019

This is a memo from the State Public Defender regarding an update to the Ohio Public Defender Standards and Guidelines.

Receiverships: Model Local Rule

 

On November 4th, 2011, the Executive Committee of the Ohio Judicial Conference approved a model local rule for receiverships as submitted by the Civil Law and Procedure Committee. (11/4/2011)

Reparations Rotary Reporting

 

Reparations Rotary Reporting for Courts (Revised 6/2017)

 

Rules of Professional Conduct

 

This is a link to the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct from the Ohio Supreme Court's website.

Sealing and Expungment Chart

 

Sealing and Expungment Chart

Sentencing Entry Model

 

These entries are provided to show different ways a sentencing entry could be written. (2/24/2014)

Service Member Civil Relief Act Bench Aid

 

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is located at 50 U.S.C. App. § 501 et seq. In using this checklist, keep in mind the purpose of the Act: to enable servicemembers (SMs) to devote their entire energy to the defense of the nation, and to provide for the temporary suspension of judicial and administrative proceedings and transactions that may adversely affect the civil rights of SMs during their military service. 50 U.S.C. App. § 502.  Some of the sections of the Ohio Revised Code that supplement the SCRA are included in this checklist. (10/17/2012)

Servicemember Civil Relief Act Guide

 

This Guide provides an introduction to the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act, including references to Ohio statutes supplementing the Act and case law interpreting it.  The Guide’s format and detailed descriptions of various sections of the Act is based in large measure on the Michigan Judge’s Guide to Servicemember’s Civil Relief Actpublished in 2009. (10/17/2012)

TCAP Sentencing Entry Model

 

Targeted Community Alternative to Prison Sentencing Entry Model (9/2017)

Veterans Service Commission Appointment Guidelines

 

Appointment guidelines and recommended best practices for Veterans Service Commission appointments made by judges. (4/2/2012)

VINE Brochure

 

Victim Information and Notification Services Brochure - Ohio statewide access to information & notification for offender custody status. (11/4/2013)

Violent Offender Database Form The sentencing court is required to provide this notice to the offender, and require the offender to sign a form stating that he or she has received and understands the notice. The court must then provide a copy of the signed form to the sheriff of the county where the offender intends to reside. Before sentencing a “violent offender” (murder, aggravated murder, voluntary manslaughter, kidnapping, or F2 abduction or a substantially equivalent out-of-state offense), the court is required to inform the offender of his or her right to request relief from enrollment duties, the presumption and the process and criteria for rebutting it, as well as the possible outcome and effects thereof.