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Medina County Domestic Relations Court News

 

July 1, 2010

Supreme Court Adopts New Forms For Protection Orders In Domestic Violence And Stalking Cases
Seeks Comments on Proposed Juvenile CPO and Stalking CPO Forms


1. THE OHIO SUPREME COURT ADOPTS AMENDMENTS TO RULES OF SUPERINTENDENCE FOR CPO AND STALKING FORMS

The Supreme Court of Ohio has adopted amendments to Rules 10, 10.01, and 10.03 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio and related domestic violence and stalking protection order forms, which become effective July 1, 2010. Justices concurred 6-1 in adopting the amendments and forms.

The new forms, which were recommended by the Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence, include:

  • A place for a court to distinguish between a "Civil Stalking Protection Order" and a "Civil Sexually Oriented Offense Protection Order" and indicate the type of protection order being granted pursuant to Ohio Revised Code section 2903.214.
  • Clear waiver language in the civil stalking protection order form to include explicit language about waiver of findings, waiver of hearing, etc.
  • A provision for electronic monitoring in the civil stalking protection order forms pursuant to Ohio Revised Code section 2903.214.
  • New forms for modification or early termination of domestic violence civil protection orders, which respond to domestic violence statutory provisions.
  • New forms for contempt of domestic violence civil protection orders, which will help pro se litigants inform the court of violations of the court's order.

Contact: Chris Davey or Bret Crow at 614.387.9250.

View the general CPO and Anti Stalking forms effective 07/01/2010 athttp://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/JCS/domesticViolence/default.asp


View the complete language of the CPO and Anti Stalking Rule Amendments.



2. COMMENT PERIOD FOR NEW JUVENILE PROTECTION ORDER RULE

The Supreme Court of Ohio will also accept public comment until July 20 on a new rule that would authorize juvenile courts to issue civil protection orders against juveniles and standardized forms with instructions about how to petition the court for a protection order. Justices concurred 7-0 in publishing the rule and forms for public comment.

After the General Assembly revised the law about civil protection orders and enforcement, the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence Forms Subcommittee recommended the forms and adoption of new Rule 10.05 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio.

The juvenile civil protection forms were proposed in response to Am Sub HB 10, which authorizes juvenile courts to issue and enforce civil protection orders where the respondent is a minor, regardless of the familial relationship between the parties. The new law went into effect on June 17.

The forms, which would be issued by all juvenile courts in Ohio, will be available on the Supreme Court's Web site.

Comments on the proposed rule and forms should be submitted in writing to: Diana Ramos-Reardon, Domestic Violence Program Manager, Supreme Court of Ohio, 65 S. Front St., Sixth Floor, Columbus, OH 43215, or .

Contact: Chris Davey or Bret Crow at 614.387.9250.

View the proposed Juvenile amendment and forms.



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June 30, 2010

Supreme Court of Ohio GAL Continuing Education Trainings and Free CLE Opportunities

GAL Continuing Education Series courses are only available to guardians ad litem that have already completed a pre-service course (6 hour course) and that are otherwise qualified to serve as GAL. Qualified pre-service courses include The Supreme Court of Ohio Guardian ad Litem Education Program or the GAL pre-service course offered by The Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers (2006-2008). If you completed a pre-service course in 2010 or plan to later this year, you should not register for a continuing education course until calendar year 2011.

Please carefully read the entire document and the attachments before seeking technical assistance from The Judicial College. Additional information is available at www.sconet.state.oh.us/GAL/default.asp.

Good afternoon from The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College,

The Judicial College is proud to announce the next two topics offered for The Guardian ad Litem Education Program Continuing Education Series. These courses are only for GALs that have successfully completed The Ohio Guardian ad Litem Education Program Pre Service Course and wish to stay in compliance with the education requirements of Superintendence Rule 48. Every GAL that has completed a Pre-Service Course in 2009, or ANY prior year, is required to complete a three hour continuing education course in 2010, and every calendar year thereafter.

We are now accepting registrations for Domestic Violence, a three hour continuing education course, which will take place in Columbus at Quest Conference Center (off of Polaris Parkway) on August 24th in the afternoon, and again the following morning (August 25th).

We are also now accepting registrations for The GAL's Role in Families with Substance Abuse Issues, a three hour continuing education course, which will take place in Dayton (Fairborn) at the Holiday Inn Fairborn on September 21st in the afternoon, and again the following morning (September 22nd).

These are tuition-free courses and we have applied for three hours of general CLE (non-judicial credits) and have received approval for three hours of Counselor and Social Worker CPE credit. These courses are appropriate for GALs that practice in both juvenile and/or domestic relations courts as guardians ad litem. Attached you will find the brochures for the courses with locations and other course information.

Seating is limited to the first 75 participants (per session), so it is VERY important that you register right away if you are interested in attending. To register for one of these sessions, please click this link:http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/GAL/continuingGAL.asp

Please note that the Judicial College will offer GAL Continuing Education Courses throughout the year. Announcements regarding future courses will be sent very soon. There will be a total of at least 23 course opportunities available in 2010 in various cities around the state. Topics will rotate throughout the year and will include:
· The GAL Interview
· Divorce
· Domestic Violence
· Substance Abuse
· Psychiatric Disorders in Children
Please call the Judicial College if you have questions or concerns regarding The Ohio Guardian ad Litem Education Program (614-387-9445). To learn more about Superintendence Rule 48 and to see an updated calendar of GAL courses, please visit The Supreme Court website athttp://www.sconet.state.oh.us/GAL/default.asp.

Walk-in registration will not be allowed. All attendees must pre-register. To be eligible to register, attendance of a Pre-Service course is mandatory. Please be sure to call the Judicial College (614-387-9445) if you need to cancel your registration to enable another interested GAL the opportunity to register in your place.

Attorneys and non-attorney guardians ad litem are required to comply with Superintendence Rule 48, including the education requirements of the rule.

Thank you,

Chelsea Merriman, Education Services Specialist
James Landon, Education Program Manager

The Supreme Court of Ohio, Judicial College
65 South Front Street, 6th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431
Ph. 614-387-9445


To register for one of these sessions, click here.



OTHER FREE CLE OPPORTUNITIES

July 9: Sex Offenders and the Law presented by LSC.
Location: ODOT Auditorium
CLE = 3.0
Registration deadline is June 28.
Please contact Stacey Schwartz, LSC Program Registrar (614.752.2029) for additional information.

October 15: Public Practice Professional Conduct by Ohio Ethics Commission.
Location: 30 W. Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio.
CLE = 2.5 (1.0 Ethics, 1.0 Professionalism and 0.5 Substance Abuse Instruction).
This seminar is available at no cost. Seating is limited. Please register
electronically; you will find the registration link beneath the CLE schedule on the Ohio Ethics Commission's website. Registration will not be accepted over the telephone, by fax or at the door.

 

June 25, 2010

Forms Approved By The Supreme Court of Ohio Pursuant to CIV. R. 84

The Supreme Court of Ohio has adopted new uniform domestic relations forms effective July 1, 2010. Pursuant to the Rule, the Court will accept the new 25 page packet of forms, but welcomes lawyers and litigants to continue to use the forms established for use in Medina County which can be found on the Court's website.http://www.medinadomesticrelations.org(under "Local Rules and Forms.")

Since the new forms require a great deal of personal and financial data that the Court does not typically require to be filed in the public file, the Court will permit those who wish to use the new forms to submit them for filing in the Court's confidential financial and family court files provided they submit a notice of such filing to the Clerk of Court.

Supreme Court Uniform Forms

 

April 7, 2010

Supreme Court of Ohio GAL Preservice Trainings for 2010

The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College is proud to announce The Guardian ad Litem Education Program Pre-Service Course schedule for the remainder of 2010. This course will satisfy the pre-service education requirements specified in Superintendence Rule 48 (http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/GAL/default.asp). We understand that local rules for some courts may include additional educational requirements.

You may have already completed the GAL Pre-Service Education Program through The Supreme Court of Ohio, the Guardian ad Litem Training offered by The Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers (2006 - 2008), or a pre-service courses offered by an Ohio CASA/GAL program (typically a 40 hour course). If so, you should not sign up to take this course. These GALs are already in compliance with the education requirements of Sup.R. 48 and do not need to attend another pre-service course at this time. The pre-service course is a full day of education (six contact hours) and will NOT satisfy the three hour continuing education requirement referenced in Sup.R 48. Please find information about three hour continuing education courses for those already in compliance on the Ohio Supreme Court's website.

Registration for May through December 2010 GAL Pre-Service Education courses is now open. Please see the full calendar below:
  • 4/13/2010 Columbus Course Full
  • 5/20/2010 Toledo (Perrysburg) Registration Now Open
  • 6/22/2010 Columbus Registration Now Open
  • 7/13/2010 Athens Registration Now Open
  • 8/17/2010 Columbus Registration Now Open
  • 9/14/2010 Cambridge (Salt Fork) Registration Now Open
  • 10/19/2010 Columbus Registration Now Open
  • 11/09/2010 Dayton (Fairborn) Registration Now Open
  • 12/14/2010 Columbus Registration Now Open
Online registration is highly recommended. Please call The Judicial College at 614-387-9445 if you have technical problems. Registration is limited to 75 participants per session. There is no fee for this course. Registrants should be interested in GAL service and willing to have their attendance announced to local courts.

To learn more and to register now, click on the following link:http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/GAL/default.asp. Also, attached is a copy of the brochure of the most recently released courses for your reference.

Thank you,

Chelsea R. Merriman, Education Services Specialist
James Landon, Education Program Manager

The Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 387-9445

Click here for more information about Superintendence Rule 48 and to register for an upcoming training
 

February 9, 2010

Supreme Court of Ohio Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Uniform Domestic Relations Forms

The Supreme Court of Ohio will accept public comment until Feb. 16 on new proposed uniform domestic relations forms.

The forms will be available on the Supreme Court's Web site. All domestic relations courts in Ohio would accept the forms, as well as their own local forms.

View the complete language of the proposed forms (see link below). Comments on the proposed forms should be submitted in writing to: John VanNorman, Policy and Research Counsel, Supreme Court of Ohio, 65 S. Front St., Seventh Floor, Columbus, OH 43215, or .

Thanks,
Judge Kovack

> View the complete language of the proposed forms.

Medina County Domestic Relations Court
99 Public Square
Medina, OH 44256
330-764-8154

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February 5, 2010

Amendments to Local Rules

Happy New Year!

2010 is ushering in some changes to policy in the Medina County Domestic Relations Court.

The Court's docket has experienced a significant increase in cases involving child and spousal support modification, in part because of current economic conditions and in part due to the Court's absorption of the R.C. 3111 cases from the Juvenile Court. To improve efficiency and to provide more immediate relief to struggling families, the Court is changing its policies on the adoption of and objections to Magistrate's Decisions, motions to set aside Magistrate's Orders and is effectuating a new rule about the preparation of transcripts.

Attached please find a blanket order effective February 15, 2010, that was journalized on the Court's miscellaneous docket and will be incorporated into the next revision of the local rules. All current local rules not inconsistent with these orders remain in full force and effect.

To summarize the changes:

1. Pursuant to Civ. R. 53(D)(1)(a) and Civ. R. 75(N), Magistrates shall issue orders that are immediately effective as necessary to regulate the proceedings and on matters that are not finally dispositive and temporary in nature.

2. To object to a Magistrate's Order, a party shall file a Motion to Set Aside no later than ten days after the order is filed. The Motion to Set Aside will not stay the effectiveness of the Magistrate's Order. See R.C. 53(D)(2)(b).

3. Pursuant to Civ. R. 53(D)(3) a Magistrate shall issue a decision on any matters that are final and dispositive. Pursuant to Civ. R. 53(D)(4)(e)(i) the Court will now immediately journalize a judgment entry adopting a Magistrate's Decision, thereby making it immediately effective.

4. An objecting party must still file a written objection to a Magistrate's Decision within 14 days after it is filed. The judgment entry shall remain in effect unless the Court, for good cause shown, grants a Motion to Stay its effectiveness.

5. All Objections and Motions to Set Aside that are factual in nature must be supported by a transcript of the proceedings before the Magistrate. A praecipe must be provided to the Court Reporter and the Court Reporter shall estimate the amount that must be deposited to secure a transcript. Failure to file the transcript and to make the deposit as required within 7 Court days of the filing of Objections or Motion to Set Aside may result in the dismissal of the Objections or Motion to Set Aside.

6. These new rules will take effect for all Magistrate Decisions and Orders issued on or after February 15, 2010.

Thank you,

Judge Mary Kovack

> Order for Amendments to the Local Rules (PDF version/Adobe Reader required)

> Praecipe to Court Reporter for Transcript (PDF version/Adobe Reader required)

> Praecipe to Court Reporter for Transcript of Proceedings (DOC version/MSWord required)

Medina County Domestic Relations Court
99 Public Square
Medina, OH 44256
330-764-8154

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