Tools and Bench Aids

File Name

File Description

 Adam Walsh Forms:  Juvenile

Adult

 

 

Forms for sentencing adult and juvenile offenders under the federal Adam Walsh Act requirements. (1/7/2008)(reviewed 5/8/18)

AMCJO Bench Book

 

Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio Bench Book (1/30/2014)

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. (7/1/2015)

Cognovit Judgments Bench Card

 

This bench card includes a checklist of statutory requirements for a valid cognovit note (R.C. 2323.13) and case law.

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)

CQE

Certification for Qualification for Employment

 

Department of Rehabilitations and Corrections Form 2599

 

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

Driver's License Law (Ohio)

 

Judge Jennifer P. Weiler's updated chart for Driver's License Law. (4/6/2017)

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. (9/17/2017)

IDAT Manual

 

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) (2/22/2018)

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 1/3/2018]

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)

Jail-Time Credit Quick Reference Guide

 

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) and the Office of the Ohio Public Defender have prepared a quick reference guide regarding jail-time credit. (4/24/2017)

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)

Language Services Resource List

 

Language services program list of resources. (6/17/2015)

LEADS Information Exchange Agreement

 

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

License Suspension Under 4510.73: Transfer of Jurisdiction

 

House Bill 338 was enacted in 2011 and made changes to the jurisdiction of Ohio's courts over license suspensions.  Provided are two sample judgment entries corresponding with these changes. (1/1/2011)

License Suspensions Under RC 4510.73: Judgment Entry

 

House Bill 338 was enacted in 2011 and made changes to the jurisdiction of Ohio's courts over license suspensions.  Provided are two sample judgment entries corresponding with these changes. (1/1/2011)

Motion to Suppress Checklist

 

OVI Evidence Suppression Checklist for Municipal and County Judges (11/1/2017)

OCPJA Criminal Bench Book

 

We are proud to make the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Criminal Bench Book, 2013 Edition available. The Bench Book is a resource developed for judges by judges. It is not intended as a comprehensive guide to the law. Instead, it is a quick reference tool to be used on the bench, containing outlines of procedures, rules, cases, and so forth. (1/30/2014)

ODRC Resources

 

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Resources (2/28/2014)

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)

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)

Sentencing Entry Model

 

These entries are provided to show different ways a sentencing entry could be written. (2/24/2014)

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)

Servicemember Civil Relief Act Guide

 

This Guide provides an introduction to the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act, including references to Ohio statutes supplementing the Act and case law interpreting it.  The Guide’s format and detailed descriptions of various sections of the Act is based in large measure on the Michigan Judge’s Guide to Servicemember’s Civil Relief Actpublished in 2009. (10/17/2012)

Veterans Service Commission Appointment Guidelines

 

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

VINE Brochure

 

Victim Information and Notification Services Brochure - Ohio statewide access to information & notification for offender custody status. (11/4/2013)