Public Notices to Attorneys
This sub-section of the Common Pleas Court’s News and Announcements web page is devoted to the distribution of information of specific interest to attorneys practicing before the Court. These announcements might deal with local rule changes, new forms, changes in the filing fee schedule, procedural updates, or other matters that may affect practice in the Common Pleas Court. Counsel are expected to be aware of and adjust to any changes even if this page is not promptly updated. The timing of any update on this page does not modify the effective date of any new local rule or other procedural matter.
CLERK’S HOURS OF OPERATION: 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, EXCEPT LEGAL HOLIDAYS
PLEASE NOTE: In order to better serve the court, the public, and the legal community, the hours of the Common Pleas Clerk of Courts are now 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
People entering the Courthouse will no longer be required wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
PLEASE NOTE: New court forms are available for the sealing of certain criminal cases. These documents are effective April 4, 2023, and copies are located in “Court Forms” on this website.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to mandatory health and security screenings at the entrance to the Courthouse, please arrive early for any court proceeding that you must attend. If you are running a fever, DO NOT COME TO COURT. You will be denied entry. You may but are not required to wear a mask when coming to court. Please review notices elsewhere on this web site for updated information.
Holiday Schedule: Please take notice that the Clermont County Common Pleas Court will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2023 in observance of Columbus Day. The Court will reopen on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 8:00 AM.
PLEASE NOTE: The Common Pleas Court has added material concerning the use of technology in courtroom presentations and for remote access to this web site. You may access this new information in the page “FAQS & More” under the heading “Technology Information.” Included are a Technology Glossary, a schematic diagram of connections to courtroom systems, and a PowerPoint on connecting to the Court’s audio-visual system.
PLEASE NOTE: Any new Appointed Counsel appointment made as of September 8, 2022 will be reimbursed at a rate of $75/hour for both in and out of court. Any appointment made prior to September 8, 2022 will be reimbursed at the old rate of $60 for In Court and $50 for Out of Court. For a complete copy of the Commissioners’ Resolution, please click HERE.
Former Clermont County Municipal Court Judge Kevin T. Miles has taken the bench in the Common Pleas Court, General Division. Judge Miles took the oath of office from Administrative Judge Anthony Brock on Friday, March 25, 2022 before a standing room only gathering of family, friends, elected officials, court staff, and legal colleagues. Judge Miles replaces retired Judge Jerry McBride, and will begin hearing cases on Monday, March 28, 2022 in Courtroom 204.
Please note that the Court has added a Technology FAQs page to this website. These FAQs, which cover the use of electronic devices in the Courthouse and in courtrooms, may be of assistance to attorneys, parties, and witnesses who come to court. The new Technology FAQs can be reached HERE.
PLEASE NOTE: The Court is pleased to announce the appointment of Diana Owens as Court Administrator effective September 1, 2021 to succeed the retiring Gary Scalf. Ms. Owens can be reached at 513-732-7394.
TO ALL COUNSEL SEEKING CRIMINAL CASE APPOINTMENTS: Please take notice that the Common Pleas Court has adopted a new form for counsel seeking to receive appointments to represent indigent criminal defendants. All counsel must submit the new form pursuant to the regulations of the Ohio Public Defender Commission in OAC chapter 120-1. Counsel are urged to review the regulations in that chapter. Completed forms should be returned promptly to Court Administrator Diana Owens. Please click for the Appointed Counsel Application Form in PDF format.
PLEASE NOTE: Effective August 4th, 2020, the Court of Common Pleas has ordered that the cost of filing a foreclosure complaint is increased to $570.00, of which $220.00 will be placed on deposit for the on-line auction fee mandated by H.B. 390. Please prepare your filing procedures accordingly.
PLEASE NOTE: The Court has adopted new procedures for garnishments and related proceedings. Please review the GARNISHMENT SPECIAL ORDER here.
PLEASE NOTE: The Court has issued a stay of foreclosure and sheriff’s sale proceedings. Please review the Order Staying Foreclosure here.
NOTICE REGARDING COURT MEDIATION
Effective April 23, 2021, court ordered mediations will be conducted in person in the Courthouse with appropriate safety protocols in effect. Mediation by Zoom or other electronic means will only be permitted in special circumstances and with prior approval of the Assigned Judge. The Mediation Conference Room is sanitized on a regular basis and is large enough for social distancing. Please direct any questions you have on your particular case to the Court Mediator.
Please be advised that the Kahle Building across East Main Street from the Courthouse, formerly the site of the Clermont County Court, the Municipal Court, and most recently the County Records Center, has been demolished to make way for new parking. Parking Diagram
NOTICE REGARDING COURT COSTS SCHEDULE:
EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2018, the Court is amending its Local Rules Appendix A-Security for Costs. The current costs schedule will expire August 31, 2018. The increased costs are:
Security For Costs
|NEW CIVIL CASE||$250.00|
|APPEAL OF ARBITRATION||$450.00|
|JUDGMENT DEBTOR EXAM||$125.00|
|WRIT OF POSSESSION||$250.00|
|PETITION FOR CQE||$125.00|
|RECORDING CERTIFICATE OF JUDGMENT||$30.00|
|CANCELLATION OF CERTIFICATE OF JUDGMENT||$10.00|
|STATE OF OHIO CERTIFICATE OF JUDGMENT||$40.00|
|FOREIGN CERTIFICATE OF JUDGMENT||$75.00|
|JURY TRIAL (DEPOSIT)||$300.00|
|JURY VIEW (DEPOSIT)||$400.00|
|APPEAL TO THE TWELFTH APPELLATE DISTRICT||$225.00|
|FOREIGN COUNTY SHERIFF’S SERVICE (PER DEFENDANT)||$50.00|
|STATE REPARATION/INDIGENT DEFENSE SUPPORT FUND||$60.00|
|BAIL BOND SURCHARGE||$25.00|
|INDIGENT DEFENDANT APPLICATION||$25.00|
|PETITION FOR RELIEF FROM DISABILITY||$125.00|
|ORDER OF SALE||$150.00|
|PROCESS SERVER APPOINTMENT-INDIVIDUAL||$25.00|
|PROCESS SERVER APPOINTMENT-COMPANY||$50.00|
|WITNESS FEE (PER DAY)||$12.00|
|MILEAGE (WITNESS PER MILE)||$0.51|
EFFECTIVE DATE: SEPTEMBER 1, 2018
TO ALL COUNSEL INVOLVED IN FORECLOSURE CASES, Please take notice that the Court has adopted major amendments to Local Rule 11 involving judicial sales. A copy of the rule can be found here. All new foreclosure cases filed will require the submission of a Property Description Approval Form (available here) which must be reviewed by the Auditor’s Office Tax Map Department before filing the complaint with the Clerk. The fee for a Writ of Possession is now $200. The amended version of Local Rule 11 will be effective November 24, 2014. Please adjust your procedures to conform to the new version of the Local Rule and advise your clients accordingly. A complete version of the Local Rules as amended is available here.
Please take notice that the Court has updated its reported civil jury verdicts for reference by counsel and parties. The report covers trials through October of 2014. The jury verdicts report is available HERE.
Please take notice that failure to submit Appointed Counsel fee applications on criminal cases within 90 days of disposition of the case will result in a 35% reduction in the fee, based on Ohio Public Defender’s Office rules.
Please take notice that the Court now has information about Certificates of Qualification for Employment (CQEs) listed in the Frequently Asked Questions section of this web site. The CQE petition process was created in a recent amendment to ORC 2953.25. The link to the FAQs is here.
Additional judge’s opinions are being posted on the Court’s web site as they become available for the benefit of the practicing bar. All posted court opinions may be accessed here.