Tools and Bench Aids

File Name

File Description


Address Confidentiality for Judges


Information and Attorney General form for address confidentiality provisions established in GA 132, HB 341.  (4/10/2019)


Child Sexual Abuse Bench Book



Judge Robert P. Ringland's guide to assist the bench in addressing evidentiary issues common to child sexual abuse cases.


Code of Judicial Conduct (Ohio)


This is a link from the Ohio Supreme Court which explains the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct.

Court Fines/Costs Bench Card


This bench card briefly explains the differences between court costs and fines, when enforcing fines by incarceration is appropriate, and the process for a court to substitute community service as payment for court costs. It also includes citations to state statutes and court cases. (2/10/2014)


Certification for Qualification for Employment


Department of Rehabilitations and Corrections Form 2599


Form for Judicial Request for Community Sanctions (3/19/2014)

Diversity Calendar Here is a calendar which contains a comprehensive list of holidays throughout the year.  Please use this if you would like to while you are scheduling.  Please remember this calendar is only for your information, and is not a requirement to use.

Guardianship Guidebook


Understanding your role as a Guardian. 

If you have any questions, please contact your local Probate Court.

License Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Program Guide


License Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Program Guide

Driver's License Law (Ohio)


Judge Jennifer P. Weiler's updated chart for Driver's License Law. (Updated 2023)

Driver's License Suspensions and Reinstatement Handbook (Ohio)


Judge Deborah J. Nicastro and Magistrate Robert G. Walton's Ohio Driver's License Suspensions and Reinstatement Handbook - A Practical Guide for Attorneys. (Sixth Edition - February 1, 2021)


Duty to Fingerprint


Chapter 109 of the Revised Code creates responsibilities to obtain and maintain fingerprints


Fee Waiver Affidavit (draft)


Determination of Indigence in Civil Filings

IDAT Manual


IDAT Fact Sheet

A resource manual on indigent driver's alcohol treatment (IDAT) funds that outlines the statutory code provision that govern IDAT funds and describes best practices for administering the funds. The reference manual includes sample court entries and examples of memoranda of understanding entered into by some courts and their local boards. The manual was created jointly by the Judicial Conference, the Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA), and the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS)

Ignition Interlock Requirements


HB 388 review and update for municipal and county court judges from Judge Ken Spanagel. (4/6/2017)

Impaired Driving Law (Ohio)


Judge Jennifer P. Weiler's updated chart for Impaired Driving Laws. (effective 4/6/17 and updated 2021)

Intoxilyzer 8000


A continually updated listing of decisions addressing Intoxilyzer 8000 issues. Each order shows how one judge handled an issue. Inclusion of an order in this list does not give the order any greater precedential significance. (1/30/2014)

Language Line Language List


Over-the-phone interpreting language list. (6/17/2015)

Language Line Quick Reference Guide


A quick reference guide to access an interpreter. (6/17/2015)

Language Services Benchcard


Language services program benchcard. (6/17/2015)

LEADS Information Exchange Agreement


Examples of LEADS information exchange agreements. (3/13/2018)

License Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Program Guide


License Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Program Guide

License Suspension Under 4510.73: Transfer of Jurisdiction


A Model Form for Consolidation of Jurisdiction in Traffic Cases

License Suspensions Under RC 4510.73: Judgment Entry


A Model Form for Consolidation of Jurisdiction in Traffic Cases


Lorain County Probate Court Local Rule 66.09


Local rule on the confidentiality of guardianship files (2/11/2019)


Marcy's Law and Crime Victims Rights


Crime victims have the right to reasonable notice, to be present and heard at all court proceedings, to be informed of the release of the offender, to offer input on negotiated pleas, to a prompt conclusion of their case, and to restitution for economic losses resulting from the criminal offense or delinquent act. Some rights are automatic, some must be requested to be exercised.


Offense Lists

Marijuana Offenses

Offense List - with Subsections

Criminal Offenses Outside Title 29

Title 29 Offenses and Penalties

Lists of all criminal offenses in the Ohio Revised Code; a work in progress

OCPJA Criminal Bench Book


We are proud to make available the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Criminal Law Bench Book. This resource is developed for judges by judges. While it is not intended as a comprehensive guide to the law, it is a quick reference tool to be used on the bench.  The Bench Book contains outlines of procedures, rules, cases and numerous checklists.  It is regularly updated to stay relevant and accurate.

Ohio AG Advisement re Attorneys & Inmates


Attorney General Advisement on Attorneys and Inmates.

OVI Motion to Suppress Evidence in a Nutshell


Prepared by Retired Judge Jennifer Weiler, Garfield Heights Municipal Court (1/2023)

OVI - Motion to Suppress Checklist


Prepared by Shaker Heights Municipal Court and Judge K.J. Montgomery. (5/26/2022)

Probate Bench Cards


Ohio's probate bench cards were developed to support judicial officers in their duty to provide comprehensive and timely judicial action in probate cases. The probate bench cards were a collaborative between the Ohio Association of Probate Judges and the Supreme Court of Ohio. (6/23/2014)

Probate Checklists (Shelby County)


The Shelby County Probate Court’s program helps attorneys and pro se filers to provide the necessary probate forms required in most probate proceedings. This “checklist” provides attorneys and pro se filers with the tools they need to process pleadings in a timely fashion and avoid delays due to omissions and errors. (1/22/2014)

Probation Supervision and Revocation Policies Model


These entries are provided to assist counties in developing probation supervision and violations policies as mandated in House Bill 86, effective September 30, 2011. (2/28/2014)

This is a Bench Card provided by the several groups which can help judges maintain the perceived fairness of court proceedings.


Professional Ideals for Ohio Lawyers and Judges


This is a link to the "Professional Ideals for Ohio Lawyers and Judges" which is from the Ohio Supreme Court's website.  This publication puts forward ideals of professionalism for lawyers and judges.
Public Defender (Ohio) Standards and Guidelines

This is a link to the State Public Defender website for the Ohio Attorney Qualifications and Exemptions Guidance

Receiverships: Model Local Rule


On November 4th, 2011, the Executive Committee of the Ohio Judicial Conference approved a model local rule for receiverships as submitted by the Civil Law and Procedure Committee. (11/4/2011)

Reparations Rotary Reporting


Reparations Rotary Reporting for Courts (Revised 6/2017)

Sealing and Expungement Flowchart

Sealing and Expungement Chart

Procedure for Expunging Previously Sealed Record


Sealing and Expungement Chart

Sentencing Entry Model


The Criminal Sentencing Commission’s Uniform Sentencing Entry Resources

Service Member Civil Relief Act Bench Aid


The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is located at 50 U.S.C. App. § 501 et seq. In using this checklist, keep in mind the purpose of the Act: to enable servicemembers (SMs) to devote their entire energy to the defense of the nation, and to provide for the temporary suspension of judicial and administrative proceedings and transactions that may adversely affect the civil rights of SMs during their military service. 50 U.S.C. App. § 502.  Some of the sections of the Ohio Revised Code that supplement the SCRA are included in this checklist. (10/17/2012)

Veterans Civil Legal Services


Civil Legal Services for Ohio's Veterans

Veterans Service Commission Appointment Guidelines


Appointment guidelines and recommended best practices for Veterans Service Commission appointments made by judges. (4/2/2012)

Violent Offender Database

The sentencing court is required to provide this notice to the offender, and require the offender to sign a form stating that he or she has received and understands the notice. The court must then provide a copy of the signed form to the sheriff of the county where the offender intends to reside. Before sentencing a “violent offender” (murder, aggravated murder, voluntary manslaughter, kidnapping, or F2 abduction or a substantially equivalent out-of-state offense), the court is required to inform the offender of his or her right to request relief from enrollment duties, the presumption and the process and criteria for rebutting it, as well as the possible outcome and effects thereof.