Tools and Bench Aids

Date File Name File Description                                         
10/5/2017 Cognovit Judgments Bench Book  
9/17/2017 Ohio Driver's License Suspensions and Reinstatement Handbook Judge Deborah J. Nicastro and Magistrate Robert G. Walton's Ohio Driver's License Suspensions and Reinstatement Handbook - A Practical Guide for Attorneys.
4/24/2017 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.
4/6/2017 Ohio Impaired Driving Law Judge Jennifer P. Weiler's updated chart for Impaired Driving Laws. [effective 4/6/17 and updated 1/3/2018]
4/6/2017 Ohio Driver's License Law Judge Jennifer P. Weiler's updated chart for Driver's License Law.
4/6/2017 HB 388 HB 388 review and update for municipal and county court judges from Judge Ken Spanagel.
11/2017 Motion to Suppress Checklist OVI Evidence Suppression Checklist for Municipal and County Judges
7/1/2015 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.

Language Line Quick Reference Guide

A quick reference guide to access an interpreter.
6/17/2015 Language Line Language List Over-the-phone interpreting language list.
6/17/2015 Language Services Resource List Language services program list of resources.
6/17/2015 Language Services Benchcard Language services program benchcard.
6/23/2014 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.
3/19/2014 Department of Rehabilitations and Corrections Form 2599 Form for Judicial Request for Community Sanctions
2/28/2014 Model Probation Supervision and Revocation Policies

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 ODRC Resources Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Resources
2/24/2014 Model Sentencing Entries These entries are provided to show different ways a sentencing entry could be written.
2/10/2014 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.
1/30/2014 AMCJO Bench Book Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio Bench Book
1/30/2014 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 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.
1/22/2014 Shelby Co. Checklists 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.
11/4/2013 VINE Brochure Victim Information and Notification Services Brochure - Ohio statewide access to information & notification for offender custody status.

Ohio Guide to the Servicemember Civil Relief Act

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 Act published in 2009.


SCRA Benchaid

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.

6/29/2012 Juvenile Bindover Charts- Revised 11/17/2011 Charts for Mandatory Bindover Considerations, Discretional Bindover Consideration, Serious Youthful Offender Determination, Fine Schedule and DYS Commitment Terms, Adult Sentencing Table and Return Bindover Provisions.
4/2/2012 Veterans Service Commission Appointment Guidelines Appointment guidelines and recommended best practices for Veterans Service Commission appointments made by judges.
11/4/2011 Model Local Rule for Receiverships 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.


4510.73 Judgment Entry
Judgment Entry for 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.



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)
1/7/2008  Adam Walsh Forms:  Juvenile
Forms for sentencing adult and juvenile offenders under the federal Adam Walsh Act requirements.
3/13/2018 Information Exchange Agreement

Examples of LEADS information exchange agreements.