RULE No. 30 – MAGISTRATES

(A) The Court shall employ one or more magistrates who may hear the following cases unless otherwise ordered:

(1) Small Claims case proceedings under R.C. 1925;

(2) Forcible Entry and Detainer proceedings under R.C. 1923;

(3) Traffic misdemeanor arraignments, and dispose of such cases when there is a “guilty” or “no contest” plea;

(4) Traffic misdemeanors when the defendant waives a trial by a judge;

(5) Mandatory orders;

(6) Administrative and noncompliance license suspension hearings;

(7) Default proceedings under Civ. R. 55 where a hearing is required;

(8) Post-judgment hearings;

(9) Replevin, prejudgment attachment, etc.;

(10) Preliminary hearings;

(11) Miscellaneous civil matters relating to garnishments, replevins and other attachments;

(12) Rent escrow proceedings;

(13) Minor misdemeanor traffic trials;

(14) Minor misdemeanor criminal trials;

(15) Mediation.

(16) Such other appropriate matters as referred by the presiding/administrative judge.

(B) The magistrate presiding in Traffic Court is designated an officer of the Court and is authorized to issue warrants and summons.

(C) All pre-trial orders of the magistrate entered pursuant to Civ. R. 53 and all decisions of the magistrate shall be prepared, signed and filed with the Clerk who shall serve copies on all parties or their counsel.

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