Forfeiture Hearings involve those cases whereby money or other property is seized by law enforcement arising out of certain activity covered by R.C. 2925.42, 2925.43, 2933.42 and 2933.43.
All forfeiture cases (filed as "M" numbers) not resulting in an indictment are referred to the Magistrate. Those forfeiture cases that resulted in an indictment require an individual order of reference from the Judge.
These hearings proceed as civil matters; therefore, attorneys representing persons who have claims to such property must, in addition to filing their answer with the clerk, file a Notification Form. Failure to complete this form will prevent counsel from receiving notice of all hearings.
These hearings generally occur Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 8:15 a.m.