Ohio Revised Code 4705.01 prevents the Juvenile Court's Clerks from giving legal advice or from helping you prepare legal papers in a new or pending case in this or any court.
What is a motion? (A motion is filed if you already have a case.)
A motion is a formal request made to a judge for an order or judgment. Motions are made in court all the time for many purposes: to continue (postpone) a hearing to a later date, to get a modification of an order, for a judgment, for dismissal of the opposing party's case, for a rehearing, or for dozens of other purposes. Motions require your signature along with your address, your telephone number and a certificate of service indicating parties have received a copy of the motion. However during a trial or a hearing, an oral motion may be permitted.
What is a complaint? (A complaint is filed if you DO NOT have a case.)
A complaint is the first document filed with the court (actually with the County Clerk or Clerk of the Court) by a person or entity claiming legal rights against another. The party filing the complaint is usually called the plaintiff and the party against whom the complaint is filed is called the defendant or defendants. Complaints are pleadings and must be drafted carefully (usually by an attorney) to properly state the factual as well as legal basis for the claim, although some states have approved complaint forms which can be filled in by an individual. A complaint also must follow statutory requirements as to form. For example, a complaint must be typed on a specific type of paper or on forms approved by the courts, name both the party making the claim and all defendants, and should state what damages or performance is demanded (the prayer). When the complaint is filed, the court clerk will issue a summons, which gives the name and file number of the lawsuit and the address of the attorney filing the complaint, and instructs the defendant that he/she/it has a specific time to file an answer or other response. A copy of the complaint and the summons must be served on a defendant before a response is required. Under a unique statute, New York allows a summons to be served without a complaint. A complaint filing must be accompanied by a filing fee payable to the court clerk, unless a waiver based on poverty is obtained.
If you are unable to supply an address because the other party's location is unknown to you, and cannot be found out with reasonable diligence, service by publication is provided for you in Juvenile Rule 16(A). Because of the technical requirements and cost involved, the Court suggests that you consult with an attorney before pursuing this action.
If you qualify to have your filing fee waived, this does not waive court costs. You will still be ordered to pay court costs and they will be due ten (10) days after final judgement is entered.
This form is used to notify the Court and the non-residential parent of your intent to relocate. In Ohio, if a residential (custodial) parent wants to move with the minor child, they must file a notice of intent to relocate with the court and the other parent. If the other parent disagrees with relocation, the court will hold a hearing to determine if the move is in the child's best interest.
Must be filed within fourteen (14) days of the date of the filing of the Decision. Objections shall be specific and state the particular grounds for such objections.
This document is filed to instruct the Clerk to send out a subpoena duces tecum (to compel the production of documents that might be admissible before the Court) to persons you wish to appear at a hearing on your behalf.
This document is filed to request an emergency hearing. This request can not be filed by itself unless you already have a pending motion or complaint filed with the Court. Not all requests for Emergency Hearing are granted. The Judge will review your request and determine whether an emergency hearing will be held. If the Judge grants your request for an emergency hearing, the Court will contact you by telephone to schedule a hearing. If the Judge denies your request for an emergency hearing a judgment entry will be mailed to you.
A witness and exhibit list, lists every witness and all evidence that will be presented in a case at the trial. You will need to file the original witness and exhibit list with the Court (DO NOT ATTACH YOUR EXHIBITS TO THE COURT’S COPY UNLESS OTHERWISE TOLD TO IN THE COURT’S JUDGMENT ENTRY).
You will also need to provide a copy of the witness and exhibit list to the other party(s) or his/her attorney on the case and you MUST attach a copy of any and all exhibits you plan to use as evidence at your trial.
The witness and exhibit must be filed with the Court by the date ordered by the Judge and/or Magistrate.