TITLE I: Pleadings and Motions; Filing; Entries


1.0 Compliance with Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure; Individual Assignment System (Revised 3/25/2015)

Unless otherwise provided herein, all pleadings, motions, and other filings shall comply in form and content with Title III, Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of the Court of Common Pleas of Hamilton County, Ohio.

(A) (1) Individual assignment system.   As used in these rules, “individual assignment system” means the system in which, upon the filing in or transfer to the court or a division of the court, a case immediately is assigned by lot to a judge of the division, who becomes primarily responsible for the determination of the issues and proceeding in the case until its termination, subject to provisions of Rule 53 Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure.   All preliminary matters, including requests for continuances, shall be submitted for disposition to the judge or magistrate to whom the case has been assigned or, if the assigned judge or magistrate is unavailable, to the administrative judge. The individual assignment system ensures all of the following:

(a) Judicial accountability for the processing of individual cases;

(b) Timely processing of cases through prompt judicial control over cases and the pace of litigation;

(c) Random assignment of cases to judges of the division through an objective and impartial system that ensures the equitable distribution of cases between or among the judges of the division

(2) Modifications to the individual assignment system may be adopted to provide for the redistribution of cases involving the same parties, family members, or subject-matter. Any modifications shall satisfy divisions (A)(1)(a) to (c) of this rule.

(B) Assignment of refiled cases. In any instance where a previously filed and dismissed case is refiled, that case shall be reassigned to the judge originally assigned by lot to hear it unless, for good cause shown, that judge is precluded from hearing the case.

(C) Assignment upon reversal and remand from the Court of Appeals. When a case is reversed and remanded, the case may be reassigned by lot in accordance with the system authorized in (A)(1).  The case may or may not require a hearing to be set to resolve the issue at hand.  If a hearing is required, the court will set the matter upon the assigned judge or magistrate's docket.  

(D) Administrative Judge Relief from Case or Trial Duties.  The administrative judge of a court of division may be relieved of a portion of the judge's case or trial duties in order to manage the calendar and docket of the court or division.