Table of Contents
Local Rules of the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court
As Adopted January 1st, 2015
I. General Provisions
- By agreement of the parties;
- Upon the motion of either party where the interest of justice is served;
- Upon the Court's own motion for security concerns. (Sec. 1901.021 (N), Ohio Revised Code)
- the name of the Court;
- the title of the case;
- the case number;
- the title of the document being filed;
- the date of transmission;
- the transmitting fax number;
- the indication of the number of pages included in the transmission, including the cover page;
- if a judge or case number has not been assigned, state that fact on the cover page;
- the name, address, telephone number, fax number, supreme court registration number and, if applicable, an e-mail address of the person filing the fax document if available, and;
- if applicable, a statement explaining how costs are being submitted.
II. Civil Rules
- The time and date of the trial, if set.
- A certification of service to the opposing counsel.
- Certification tha the client has been notified that the attorney is seeking to withdrawal from the case.
- Counsel's professional statement that, if allowed, a copy of the entry will be mailed immediately to the last known address of the client.
III. Criminal Rules
- Enter a plea of "not guilty" on behalf of an indigent defendant;
- Direct that the defendant proceed to the designated attorney's office, or return to court at a specific date and time to meet with designated counsel, or direct appointed counsel to meet defendant at Seneca County Jail;
- Conduct a preliminary bail hearing, set the bail, with the appointed counsel being permitted to move for additional in-court bail hearings as the designated attorney in the case sees fit; and
- Generate and file an appropriate journal entry recording the foregoing acts. In all subsequent proceedings, the designated counsel shall be treated and be responsible as though privately retained.
- the reason for the application;
- the distance from home to the place of employment;
- the hours of beginning and ending of work for each day requested;
- if the request is for driving privileges during hours of employment, a statement of whether employment will be terminated if the request is not granted; and
- the type of vehicle to be operated and the owner of the vehicle. The application shall be accompanied by a liability insurance policy which is personal to the defendant, plus a statement from the employer verifying facts with regard to the employment. Mandatory suspensions required by Section 4507.16, Ohio Revised Code, shall not be modified for the mandatory period of such suspension.
- the filing fee.
IV. Jury Management Plan
- Persons are less than 18 years of age;
- Persons who are not residents of the jurisdiction of the Court.
- To exclude persons ineligible for service.
- To excuse or defer prospective jurors.
- To remove prospective jurors for cause or if challenged peremptorily.
- To provide all prospective jurors with an opportunity to be called for jury service and to be assigned to a panel.
- Any person who suffers from a substantial physiological or psychological impairment.
- Any person who has a scheduled vacation or business trip during potential jury service.
- Any person for whom jury service would constitute a substantial economic hardship.
- Any person for whom service on a jury would constitute a substantial hardship on their family, clients, or members of the public affected by the prospective jurors occupation.
- Any person who has served on a jury within the last year.
- Any person for whom it may be readily determined is unfit for jury service.
- Any person for whom it is readily apparent would be unable to perform their duty as a juror.
- Other valid excuse.
- Counsel may not examine prospective jurors concerning the law or possible instructions.
- Counsel may not ask jurors to base answers on hypothetical questions.
- Counsel may not repeat questions previously asked to the prospective jurors by the court or counsel.
- Counsel may not argue the case while questioning jurors.
- Counsel may not engage in efforts to indoctrinate jurors.
- Counsel may not ask jurors what kind of verdict they might return under any circumstances. No promises may be elicited from jurors.
- Questions are to be asked collectively of the panel whenever possible.
- Counsel may inquire by general questions concerning the validity and philosophy of reasonable doubt or the presumption of innocence.