It is ordered that the following rules be and are hereby adopted for the governance of the practice and procedures in the Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division, Ashtabula County, Ohio, until otherwise provided pursuant to Article IV, Section (5) of the Ohio Constitution, to Section 2151.23 of the Ohio Revised Code, and to the Rules of Superintendence promulgated by the Supreme Court of Ohio.
ADOPTION, SCOPE, AND CONSTRUCTION OF RULES
A.   The Juvenile Division of the Common Pleas Court for Ashtabula County, Ohio, adopts the following Rules for the management of proceedings and other functions of the Court. The Court may amend the Rules from time to time as needed or required by law.
B.   These Rules are intended to supplement and complement the Ohio Rules of Juvenile Procedure, the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure, the Superintendence Rules of the Supreme Court of Ohio, and other controlling statutes.
C.   These Rules shall be applied, construed, and enforced so as to avoid inconsistency with other rules of Court and statutes governing proceedings of this Court. In their application, they shall be construed so as to provide fairness and to secure just, expeditious, and inexpensive determination of all proceedings.
D.   These Rules shall be cited as “Ashtabula Juv. Ct. Rule X.”
E.   These Rules shall be effective and may be revised from time to time as is necessary.
Rule 1:   THE OPERATION OF THE COURT
1.01  Terms of Court
The term of the Court is one (1) calendar year. All actions and other business pending at the expiration of any term of court is automatically continued without further order. The jurist may adjourn court or continue any case whenever, in his/her opinion, such continuance is warranted. Session of the court may be held at such places throughout the county as the judge shall from time to time decide.
1.02  Hours of the Court
The regular business hours of the court shall be Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Court shall be in session at such times as ordered by the judge or other jurist and as required to meet special situations or conditions.
Rule 2:   CONDUCT IN COURT
Proper decorum in the court is necessary for the administration of the court’s business. No radio or television transmission, voice recording device (other than a device used for purpose of the official record), cell phones, or the making or taking of pictures shall be permitted, except upon consent of the Judge and in accordance with Rules 11 and 12 of the Rules of Superintendence of the Courts of Ohio. No food or drink shall be permitted in the Court rooms.
Appropriate dress and attire are required for all Court hearings.
Rule 3:   WEAPONS IN COURT FACILITIES
No weapons shall be permitted in the Court facility except those carried by court security officers or as permitted under division (B)(1) of this standard. The Court shall establish and install adequate security measures to ensure no one will be armed with any weapon in the Court facility.
3.02   Law Enforcement
1)   In cases where law enforcement officers are appearing as a witness or party in their official capacity as a law enforcement officer, the law enforcement officer shall be permitted to carry their weapon, so long as they appear in uniform.
2)   In all cases, law enforcement officers who are parties to a judicial proceeding as a plaintiff, defendant, witness, or interested party outside the scope of their employment shall not be permitted to bring weapons into the Court facility.
Rule 4:   COURT APPOINTMENTS
Persons appointed by the Court to serve as attorneys or guardians ad litem shall be selected from lists maintained by the Court. Appointments will be made from such lists taking into consideration the qualifications, skills, expertise, and caseload of the appointee, in addition to the type, complexity, and requirements of the case.
Court appointees will be paid a reasonable fee with consideration given to the factors contained in Prof. Cond. Rule 1.5, the Ohio Revised Code, and the Local Rules of Court relating to fees.
The Court will review Court appointment lists periodically to ensure the equitable distribution of appointments.
Rule 5:   QUALIFICATIONS OF APPOINTED COUNSEL AND GUARDIAN AD LITEM
In order to be considered to serve as assigned counsel in Juvenile Court, each attorney must comply with the following appointment requirements and qualifications.
Court appointees will be paid a reasonable fee with consideration given to the factors contained in Prof. Cond. Rule 1.5, the Ohio Revised Code, and the Local Rules of Court relating to fees.
5.01   Counsel shall submit an application in letter form, on office letterhead, setting forth the level of appointment s/he is seeking, i.e.: unruly; delinquent
(misdemeanor/felony/degree); dependent/neglect/abuse; Guardian ad litem; adult cases; appeals; judicial by-pass.
5.02   In delinquent and unruly applications, Counsel shall describe the type of legal experiences they have and how the experience complies with the requirements set forth in Ohio
Administrative Code section 120-1-10, (Appendix A).
5.03   Counsel seeking appointment as a Guardian ad litem must submit proof of successful completion of the “training requirements” set forth in Rule 48 of the Ohio Rules of Superintendence.
5.04   Upon receipt of the application, the Judge will determine whether the applicant qualifies for appointment and if so, the level of the appointment.
5.05   The Court shall maintain a list of appointments and attempt to appoint counsel on a rotating basis, dependent upon their qualifications and caseload. Further, the Court shall maintain a list of attorneys’ refusal to accept appointments;
5.06   If an attorney and/or Guardian ad litem is needed less than five (5) business days before a hearing or event, or there has been at least three (3) unsuccessful attempts to obtain counsel, the Court can select an attorney and/or Guardian ad litem without following with the rotation.
Rule 6:   FACSIMILE FILING STANDARDS
The provisions of this local rule are adopted under Rule 8 of the Ohio Rules of Juvenile Procedure.
Pleadings and other papers may be filed with the Juvenile Court by facsimile transmission to (440) 994-6020 subject to the following conditions:
All following documents will not be accepted filed by facsimile transmission:
6.01   Applicability - These rules apply to juvenile proceedings in the Ashtabula County Juvenile Court.
6.02   Fax means the same as facsimile.
6.03   The following documents will not be accepted for fax filing:
1) Any pleading which requires an accompanying filing fee;
2) Any pleading that exceeds ten (10) pages, including attached exhibits, and cover page;
3) Any complaint; and
4) Pleadings in special juvenile proceedings, including but not limited to parental by-pass proceedings and petitions for protection orders.
6.04   Original Filing
A document filed by fax shall be accepted as the effective original filing. The person making a fax filing need not file any source document with the Clerk of Court but must, however, maintain in his or her records and have available for production on request by the Court the source document filed by fax, with original signatures as otherwise required under the applicable rules, together with the source copy of the facsimile cover sheet used for the subject filing. If the fax is not legible, the original document shall be filed with the Court.
6.05   Cover Page
The person filing a document by fax shall also provide a cover page containing the
1) Name of the Court;
2) Title of the case;
3) The case number;
4) The assigned Judge/Magistrate, if known;
5) Title of the document being filed (e.g. Plaintiff’s Motion to Modify Support; Defendant’s Answer to Plaintiff’s Complaint);
6) Date of the transmission;
7) Transmitting fax number;
8) Number of pages in the transmission, including the cover page;
9) Name, address, telephone number and Supreme Court Registration number, and email of the person filing the fax document, if available.
6.06   If a document is sent by fax to the Juvenile Court, without the cover page listed above, the document will not be filed. The clerk shall notify the sender that no cover page was received by faxing to the sender such notation, and that this Rule was violated.
If counsel cannot clarify the document as set out above, it shall be counsel’s sole responsibility to contact the Judge or a magistrate of the Court to resolve the issue.
A party who wishes to file a signed source document by fax shall fax a copy of the signed source document or if the document is sent directly from the person’s computer the notation “/S/” followed by the name of the person signing the document.
6.08   A party who files a signed document by fax represents that the physically signed source
document is in his/her possession.
6.09   Time of Filing
Subject to the provisions of these rules, all documents sent by fax and accepted by the Clerk shall be considered filed with the Juvenile Court as of the date the Clerk
time-stamps the document received. The Juvenile Court will be deemed open to receive facsimile transmission documents on the same days and at the same time the Court is
regularly open for business.
6.10   The Clerk’s Office may, but needs not, acknowledge receipt of a facsimile transmission.
6.11   The risks of transmitting a document by fax to the Clerk’s Office shall be borne entirely by the sending party. Burden of confirming receipt of a fax filing is on the sending party. Anyone using fax filing is urged to verify receipt of such filing by the Clerk through whatever technological means are available.
6.12   The Juvenile Court is not required to send any form of notice to the sending party of a failed fax filing, except as to Local Rule 6.6.
6.13   Fees and Costs No document filed by fax requiring a filing fee shall be accepted by the Clerk.
6.14   Length of Document Fax filings shall not exceed ten (10) pages in length including attached exhibits and cover page.
Rule 7:   USE OF ELECTRONICALLY PRODUCED TRAFFIC TICKET
The use and filing of a traffic ticket that is produced by computer or other electronic means is hereby authorized in the Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division. The electronically produced traffic ticket shall conform in all substantive respects to the Ohio Uniform Traffic Ticket. If an electronically produced ticket is issued at the scene of an alleged offense, the issuing officer shall provide the defendant with a paper copy of the ticket.
Rule 8:   MEDIATION
This Local Rule 8 relating to Juvenile Court Mediation incorporates by reference R.C 2710 ("Uniform Mediation Act").
8.01   Referrals to Mediation
1) a.   General
The Court has discretion to encourage parties to use mediation in any civil action filed with this court. A case may be submitted to mediation as provided in this rule. The court may issue an order on its own motion, upon the motion of counsel or upon the request of any party.
1) b.   Exceptions - Mediation shall be prohibited in any of the following:
(i.)   As an alternative to the prosecution or adjudication of domestic violence;
(ii.)   In determining whether to grant, modify or terminate a protection order;
(iii.)   In determining the terms and conditions of a protection order;
(iv.)   In determining the penalty for violation of a protection order.
1) c.   Nothing in this division shall prohibit the use of mediation in a subsequent custody case, even though that case may result in the termination of the provisions of a protection order; or in a juvenile court delinquency case, even though the case involves juvenile-perpetuated domestic violence.
2)  Once a case has been referred to mediation in a case involving allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, the parties shall contact Mediation and Conflict Management Services (MCMS) to schedule an appointment for mediation assessment. The mediator shall assess the appropriateness for mediation and may meet with the parties individually prior to bringing the parties together. Multiple mediation sessions shall be scheduled if necessary.
3)  Parties may choose a private mediator whose qualifications comply with all training requirements of Sup.R. 16.23 and adopted pursuant to Sup.R. 16.22 governing mediators and mediations. All private mediators chosen by the parties pursuant to the Court's Order to Attend Mediation shall complete the forms and evaluations required by the Court.
8.02   Privilege, Confidentiality and Mediator Disclosures
1)   General. Mediation communications are privileged as described in R. C. 2710.03 - 2710.05. All mediation communications related to or made during the mediation process are subject to and governed by the Uniform Mediation Act. Mediation communications are confidential, and no one shall disclose any of these
communications unless all parties and the mediator consent to disclosure. This court may impose penalties for any improper disclosures made in violation of this
rule. Disputes regarding confidentiality should first be addressed with the mediator or mediation department where possible. By participating in mediation, a nonparty participant, as defined by R.C. 2710.01(D), submits to the Court’s jurisdiction to the extent necessary for enforcement of this rule. Any nonparty participant shall have the rights and duties under this rule as are attributed to parties, except that no evidence privilege shall be expanded.
2)  All mediation communications are confidential with the following exceptions:
(i.)   Parties may share all mediation communications with their attorneys;
(ii.)   Certain threats of abuse or neglect of a child or an adult;
(iii.)   Statements made during the mediation process to plan or hide an ongoing crime;
(iv.)   Statements made during the mediation process that reveal that a felony has been committed.
3)  All disclosures by the mediator shall be in compliance with R.C. 2710.03 – 2710.05. The mediator shall inform the Court who attended the mediation, whether the case settled and whether mediation shall continue. No other information shall be directly or indirectly communicated by the mediator to the Court unless all who hold a mediation privilege have consented to such disclosure. Except where otherwise required by law, the mediator shall keep all mediation communications confidential unless all mediation participants and the mediator have consented to disclosure.
8.03   Family Investigations During Pendency of Mediation
Absent extraordinary circumstances, no family investigation shall be ordered until the mediation has concluded. If a family investigation was previously ordered (and initiated), it shall be suspended during the pendency of the mediation.
8.04   Ex Parte Orders During Pendency of Mediation
While the case is in mediation, no ex parte orders allocating parental rights and responsibilities shall be entered by the Court, unless extraordinary circumstances are
alleged in an affidavit, which in the Judge’s discretion justify an ex parte order. Absent extraordinary circumstances, an ex parte order which is entered shall only provide for a physical placement of the children, and that the parents shall not remove the children from the jurisdiction.
8.05   Referral to Resources
MCMS shall maintain resources for mediation parties, including victims and suspected victims of domestic violence, and encourage appropriate referrals to legal counsel and
other support services, such as children’s services, domestic violence prevention, counseling, substance abuse and mental health services.
1)  General Qualifications and Training-   A mediator employed by this Court or to whom this Court makes referrals for mediation of allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, the care of, or visitation with, minor children, abuse, neglect and dependency, or juvenile perpetrated domestic violence cases shall meet the qualifications of and comply with all training requirements of Sup.R. 16.
2)  Specific Qualifications and Training: Domestic Abuse-   A mediator employed by the Court or to whom the Court makes referrals for mediation of any case shall complete “Specialized Domestic Abuse Issues and Mediation Training” approved by the Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Section. A mediator who has not completed this specialized training may mediate these cases only if he or she co-mediates with a mediator who has completed the specialized training.
Rule 9:   PHOTOGRAPHY, RECORDING, AND BROADCASTING OF COURT PROCEEDINGS
No radio or television transmission, voice-recording device (other than a device used in making a record of the proceedings for the Court), or the making or taking of pictures shall be permitted, without prior approval of the Judge.
Rule 10:   STANDARD COMPANIONSHIP ORDER IN VISITATION OR PARENTING CASES
Unless otherwise ordered, the Court utilizes the Standard Companionship Order of the Ashtabula County Juvenile Court, which is included as Appendix B to these Local Rules, in all private parenting cases. The Court is free to alter this Standard Companionship Order if it finds that such order is not in the best interests of the child or children
Rule 11:   COMPETENCY EVALUATION
Pursuant to Rules 36.20 through 36.28 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio, and Appendix I “Specialized Docket Standards” of the Rules of Superintendence, Ashtabula County Juvenile Court has created the following specialized dockets: Family Drug Court.
11.01   General Purpose
The purpose of this rule is to expedite proceedings under sections 2152.51 to 2152.59 of the Revised Code, to ensure that proper notice of competency hearings is provided to the appropriate persons, and to ensure that any proceedings on an underlying complaint are stayed pending the determinations under these sections.
11.02   Expedited Hearings
Juvenile competency proceedings shall be scheduled and heard on an expedited basis. Hearings in juvenile competency proceedings shall be held in strict compliance with
applicable deadlines as established by statute or by this rule.
Upon the conclusion of each hearing, the court shall provide written notice to the prosecuting attorney, the child’s attorney, the child’s guardian ad litem, and the child’s parents, guardian, or custodian of the date, time and place of the next scheduled hearing. Mailed notice shall not be required for any party or other individual designated in this rule to whom notice of the next hearing was provided in writing upon conclusion of the immediately preceding hearing.
11.04   Stay of Proceedings
Upon the filing of a motion for a determination regarding a child’s competency or upon the court’s own motion the court shall stay all delinquency proceedings pending a
determination of competency. If, upon a determination of competency, the court determines that the child is not competent but could likely attain competency, the court
order staying the delinquency proceedings shall remain in effect until such time as the Child attains competency or the proceeding is dismissed.
Rule 12:   USE OF RESTRAINTS ON A CHILD
Physical restraints shall not be used on juveniles appearing in court proceedings before the Ashtabula County Juvenile Court unless the judge or magistrate before whom the child is appearing makes an individualized determination on the record that there is no less restrictive alternative to the use of physical restraint and that the physical restraint of the child is necessary because of either of the following:
1.   The child represents a current and significant threat to the safety of the child’s self or other persons in the courtroom;
2.   There is a significant risk the child will flee the courtroom.
3.   Any party, as defined in Juv.R. 2 (Y), may be heard on the issue of whether the use of physical restraint is necessary for the particular child at a particular proceeding.
4.   If physical restraint is found necessary by the judge or magistrate, said restraint shall be the least restrictive necessary to meet the risk requiring the restraint and in a manner that does not unnecessarily restrict the movement of the child’s hands.
Pursuant to Rule 45 of the Ohio Rules of Juvenile Procedure, Chapters 2151 and 2152 of the Ohio Revised Code, and Rule 5 of the Rules of Superintendence for Courts of Ohio, the following rules are hereby adopted by the Juvenile Division of the Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas, effective September 1, 2016 entered upon the Journal of the Court.
Rule 13:   SERVICE; SERVICE BY PUBLICATION; SERVICE BY POSTING AND RETURN/UNCLAIMED SERVICE
13.01   General Requirements
A request for service must be accompanied by an Instruction to Clerk for Service form identifying the type of service and a time stamped copy of the document to be served.
13.02   It remains the responsibility of the party seeking the action or relief to secure service of process in accordance with the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure.
13.03   Special Process Server
One-Time Appointment: If a party desires personal service to be made by a special process server pursuant to Civil Rule 4.1 (B) & (C), the party or counsel must file with the Court by a Motion and Order seeking appointment of a special process server. The following must be stated in the Order of Appointment: (a) the name of the person to be appointed as process server; (b) the person to be appointed as process server is 18 years of age or older; (c) the person to be appointed process server is not a party to the action.
13.04   Who is to be Served
All persons who are parties in the case as defined in Juvenile Rule 2(Y), must be served, except the child who is the subject of a dependency, neglect, abuse, or custody claim, unless the Court otherwise directs.
13.05   If a party is represented by an attorney, service on the party may be achieved by serving the attorney of record. Initial pleadings must be served on the party, not their attorney.
13.06  Service by Publication by Posting and Mailing
1) A request for service by Publication by Posting and Mailing shall include the following information: 1) Case number, 2) The name of the first party on each side, 3) The name and last known address of the person to be served, and 4) A summary statement of the allegations made in the pleading or motion, and 5) the relief sought.
2) Before service by Publication via Posting and Mailing can be made, an affidavit of a party or his counsel shall be filed with the court. The affidavit shall aver that service of summons cannot be made because the residence of the person is unknown to the affiant, shall set forth all of the efforts made on behalf of the party to ascertain the residence of the person to be served, and that the residence of the person to be served cannot be ascertained with reasonable diligence. The affidavit must also state the last known address of the person to be served.
3) Upon the filing of the affidavit required by division (A) (2) of this rule, the chief deputy clerk of court shall prepare a notice that contains the name and address of
the court, the case number, the name of the first party on each side, and the name and last known address, if any, of the person or persons whose residence is unknown.
The publication shall also contain a summary statement of the object of the pleading or motion and shall notify the person to be served that the person is required to appear at the time and place stated. The time stated shall not be less than seven days after the date of publication.
4) The chief deputy clerk shall cause service of the notice required by division (A) (3) of this rule to be made by posting in a conspicuous place and manner for seven (7)
consecutive days at the following locations: Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division; Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas; and Ashtabula County
Department of Job and Family Services. Service is complete on the date the notice is posted and the deputy clerk of court shall cause the date of posting to be recorded upon
5) In addition to posting the notice required by division (A) (4) of this rule, the chief deputy clerk shall mail summons or other pleading to be served by ordinary mail to the last known address of the party to be served. This mailing shall be evidenced by a certificate of mailing which shall be completed and filed by the chief deputy clerk.
Service is complete when the certificate of mailing is docketed by the chief deputy clerk.
6) A request for service by publication by posting shall be submitted at least fifteen (15) days before the date and time of the hearing stated in the notice.
13.07   Service by Publication in Newspaper of General Circulation
Before service by Publication via Posting and Mailing can be made, an affidavit of a party or his counsel shall be filed with the court.
Any party requesting service by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in Ashtabula County, Ohio shall be responsible to arrange for service by publication with
the newspaper at the cost of the requesting party. Upon completion of service by newspaper publication, the requesting party shall submit proof of same to the clerk of
court for filing.
13.08   Processing Returned and Unclaimed Service
The Juvenile Court Clerk shall process all returned and unclaimed service (mail), pursuant to Ohio Civil Rule 4.6(A), (B), (C), & (D), Appendix C.
13.09   Any request for the Clerk to serve a document upon a party shall be made by a separately filed Precipe for Service.
Rule 14:   SPECIALIZED DOCKETS-DRUG COURT
14.01   Pursuant to Rules 36.20 through 36.28 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio, and Appendix I “Specialized Docket Standards” of the Rules of Superintendence, Ashtabula County Juvenile Court has created the following specialized dockets: Family Drug Court.
14.02   Family Drug Court
1) Ashtabula County Family Drug Court began operations in April 2017. The goals and objectives of the program are outlined in the Program Description, which is available
upon request and is incorporated herein by reference.
2) The target population for placement in Family Drug Court includes individuals who are substance abusing parents who have either lost custody of their child(ren) or are at risk of losing custody of their child(ren) due to problems with alcohol or drug addiction through the Ashtabula County Children Services Bureau (ACCSB). Legal
and clinical eligibility criteria are contained in the Program Description. Any disqualifying factors are also listed in the Program Description. Disqualifications are
determined on a case-by-case basis. The Family Drug Court Judge has the ultimate discretion to determine whether a parent may participate in Family Drug Court.
3) Ashtabula County Juvenile Court is a single-judge court. Ashtabula County Family Drug Court follows the parallel model. While in Family Drug Court, the parent will
appear on a regular basis for status review hearings before the Family Drug Court Judge.
4) Family Drug Court’s Program Description contains the guidelines for participation in Family Drug Court, specifically the operations, policies, and procedures for the Court. Upon acceptance in Family Drug Court, each participant receives a Participant Handbook and signs a Participation Agreement. These documents are available upon request and are incorporated herein by reference.
5) Successful completion of Family Drug Court includes completion of all phases of the program, and their treatment plan. A participant may be terminated from Family Drug
Court for failure to comply with Family Drug Court rules and requirements as outlined in the Program Description. If a Family Drug Court participant is terminated from the program, the underlying abuse, neglect, dependency case will continue on the regular docket.11:35 AM 5/13/2021
Rule 15:   FINGERPRINTING OF JUVENILE’S R.C. 109.60
15.01  In accordance with R.C.109.60, limited to type of offense.
15.02  the court shall inquire at the time of first appearance whether or not the fingerprints were taken at the time of arrest or the time the child was taken into custody. If fingerprints were not taken, the court shall order the person or child to appear before the sheriff or the chief of police within twenty-four hours to have the person's or child's fingerprints taken.
15.03  The court also shall inquire at the time of sentencing whether or not fingerprints have been taken pursuant to R.C. 109.60. Again, if the person or the child was not fingerprinted for the original arrest or court appearance, the court shall order the person or child to appear before the sheriff or the chief of police within
twenty-four hours to have the person's or child's fingerprints taken.
15.04  It is not the duty of the court to take fingerprints. It is our duty to report the disposition of the case to BCI on the form that is provided from the fingerprinting agency. Once a juvenile is fingerprinted, the form will then be sent to the court and will be in the case file. The Court will need to inquire again.
15.05  IOnly certain offenses require a Juvenile to be fingerprinted. Specifically, all felony offenses and crimes of violence. See Appendix C. If the Resource Center is working with a youth that is charged with any of these offenses, the Juvenile will need to complete the fingerprinting process.
Rule 16:   MOTION FOR CONTINUANCE
16.01  Motions for continuance will be made in accordance with Rules 19 and 23 of the Ohio Rules of Juvenile Procedure and Sup.R. 41.
16.02  All requests shall be in writing and must be accompanied by a proposed journal entry granting/denying the motion.
16.03  All applications for continuances shall be made as far in advance of hearing dates as practicable. All requests shall be in writing and must be accompanied by a proposed journal entry granting/denying the motion.
16.04  Any Motions for Continuance based upon a conflict with another scheduled court hearing shall be accompanied with a copy of the notice of that hearing.
16.05  Counsel requesting the continuance shall immediately notify in writing all other counsel and/or parties involved. The Motion for Continuance shall indicate what efforts were made to notify all other counsel and/or parties, and whether these individuals agree with the continuance.
16.06  No case will be continued on the day of the hearing, except for good cause shown, which cause was not known to the attorney or party prior to the day of the hearing, notwithstanding all other counsel and/or parties agreement to same.
16.07  If moving party is represented by counsel, it is the responsibility of the attorney obtaining the continuance to notify all other counsel and parties when a continuance is granted.
Rule 17:   NOTICE/ENTRY OF DISMISSAL
17.01  Any case that is being dismissed in the Ashtabula County Juvenile Court be sought pursuant to Juvenile Rule 22 (A) or comply with Civ. R. 41. and /or Crim. R. 48.
Rule 18:   PRO SE PLEADINGS AND PACKET
18.01  Any person who wishes to file a Complaint/Motion, who is not represented by counsel, must review, complete and sign the Ashtabula County Juvenile Court Pro Se Packet (Appendix D) agreeing to comply with the Ohio Revised Code, the Juvenile and Civil Rule of Procedure and the Local Rules.
Rule 19:   JUDICIAL BYPASS
19.01  A hearing shall be conducted, if possible, within twenty-four (24) hours after filing the petition, but not later than five (5) days after filing of the petition.
19.02  A guardian ad litem will be appointed for the petitioner. If the petitioner is not represented by an attorney, the guardian ad litem shall also serve as the petitioner’s attorney.
Rule 20:   CONSENT TO WED
20.01  An application shall be filed with the Court in the county in which the female resides.
20.02  A hearing shall be conducted within fourteen (14) to twenty-one (21) days after the filing of an application if the applicant alleges neglect or abandonment by a parent, or if the applicant is pregnant or delivered a child out of wedlock.
20.03  If the Court finds the allegations stated in the application are true, and that the granting of the application is in the best interest of the applicant, the Court shall grant the consent and shall make the applicant, if pregnant or delivered a child out of wedlock, a ward of the Court.
20.04  A certified copy of the judgment entry shall be transmitted to the Probate Court.
Rule 21:   GUARDIAN AD LITEM REPORTS
A guardian ad litem shall prepare a written report, including recommendations to the court, within the times set forth in this division. The report shall detail the activities performed, hearings attended, persons interviewed, documents reviewed, experts consulted and all other relevant information considered by the guardian ad litem in
reaching the guardian ad litem’s recommendations and in accomplishing the duties required by statute, by court rule, and in the court’s Order of Appointment.
21.01  All reports, written or oral, shall be used by the court to ensure that the guardian ad litem has performed those responsibilities required by section 2151.281 of the Revised Code.
21.02  Unless waived by all parties or unless the due date is extended by the court, the report shall be filed with the court and made available to the parties for inspection no less than seven days before the hearing. Written reports may be accessed in person by the parties or their legal representatives.
21.03  A guardian ad litem shall be available to testify at the dispositional hearing and may orally supplement the final report at the conclusion of the hearing.
21.04  A guardian ad litem also may file an interim report, written or oral, any time prior to the dispositional hearing and prior to hearings on actions to terminate parental rights. Written reports may be accessed in person by the parties or their legal representatives.
21.05  Any written interim report shall be filed with the court and made available to the parties for inspection no less than seven days before a hearing, unless the due date is extended by the court. Written reports may be accessed in person by the parties or their legal representatives. A copy of the interim report shall be provided to the court at the hearing.
Rule 22:   IN CAMERA INTERVIEWS
22.01  Any requests for an in camera interview shall be filed at least ten (10) days before the pretrial hearing.
22.02  An in camera interview will be conducted in compliance with Ohio Revised Code Sections 3109.04 (B) and 3109.051 (C).
22.03  An audio recording shall be made of the in camera interview.
22.04  The sole purpose of the in camera interview will be for the Judge/Magistrate to make a determination, if appropriate, regarding the child’s wishes and concerns regarding the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, parenting time or visitation. If a party wishes to rely upon the underlying facts leading to the child’s wishes and concerns, those underlying facts shall be introduced through evidence in the evidentiary hearing.
Rule 23:   SEALING/EXPUNGEMENT OF RECORDS
23.01  Upon conclusion of a case, the Juvenile shall be provided with the Notice of the right to apply for sealing and/or expungement of a juvenile court record, along with a copy of the dispositional order.
23.02  Upon the termination of a Juvenile’s probation, the probation department shall provide the Juvenile with the Notice of the right to apply for sealing and/or expungement of a juvenile court record.
23.03  After youth has attained twenty-three (23) years of age the Juvenile Court may destroy all juvenile delinquency files and records of the youth following written notice to all necessary parties and agencies.
23.04  Any party, no less than six (6) months prior to the youth’s twenty-third (23rd) birthday, may file a motion, with specificity, to preserve the files and records of the youth. All parties shall receive notice of the hearing on the motion. At the hearing, the Court shall determine the necessity to retain the files and records, and the specific time to preserve the files and records, if retained. Upon notice of sealing and/or expungement of records by an out-of-county court, of a case
originating in Ashtabula County, Ohio, this juvenile court will automatically expunge and/or seal any records in the court’s possession without further notice.
These rules supersede any other previously adopted rules and the same are hereby repealed.
Ohio Administrative Code section 120-1-10
Juvenile Cases (K)(1) Unruly, truancy, voco, misdemeanors
(1)(a) – Within 2 years prior to appointment-minimum of 6 hours of CLEs in juvenile delinquency practice and procedure or
(b) Successfully completed a clinical education program focusing on juvenile law; or
(c) at least 1 year of experience as a lawyer.
(2) OVI cases – Within 2 years prior to appointment on OVI case or case with OVI element, 6 hours of CLE focused on OVI practice and procedure.
(3) Felony – Within 2 years prior to appointment, minimum of 12 hours of criminal practice and procedure at least 6 of which must be in area of juvenile delinquency practice and procedure.
(4) Felony 3, 4, and 5 – 1 year of experience as attorney practicing in juvenile delinquency.
(5) Felony 1 and 2 –
(a) 2 years practicing in juvenile delinquencies and
(b) Within 10 years preceding appointment, prior experience as lead trial counsel in at least 2 bench trials in juvenile court, at least 1 which involved a felony-level charge, or as lead counsel in 1 felony bench trial as co-counsel in 2 additional bench trials.
(6) Bindover and SYO –
(a) Requisite experience under this rule to be appointed to a juvenile case based upon the highest degree of the charge in the case, and
(b) Requisite experience under this rule to be appointed to an adult case based upon the highest degree felony charged; or
(c) Co-counsel who meets the adult-case training and experience requirements must also be appointed.
Ohio Law and Administrative Rules - Rule 120-1-10
STANDARD COMPANIONSHIP ORDER OF ASHTABULA COUNTY JUVENILE COURT
A.   The following standard companionship guidelines will be applied in all cases unless otherwise ordered:
a. Shared parenting is in the best interest of the children;
b. Equal division of the available companionship time is in the best interest of the children;
c. Whenever possible, it is in the best interest of the children that they be in the care and supervision of a parent, rather than third persons.
2. The presumptions are rebuttable and may be rebutted by competent credible evidence.
3. In the event the parties cannot agree upon a companionship schedule, they shall participate in mediation.
4. If the parties cannot develop their own companionship schedule through mediation, both parties shall provide the court with verification of their work schedules and available companionship times. The court will then assign companionship time, based upon the presumptions.
B.   In the absence of an agreement by the parties, the court has wide discretion in determining what companionship schedule is reasonable and in the best interests of the children, and each judge may develop a uniform fixed schedule of companionship time.
C.   Unless the court finds that companionship time should be restricted, the minimum time afforded to the nonresidential parent shall be as follows:
Companionship between the child(ren) and the non-residential parent may take place at such times as the parties may agree, but shall not be less than:
1. Weekends: Alternate weekends from Friday at 6:00 P.M. until Sunday at 6:00 P.M., commencing ______________________.
2. Weekdays: On Wednesday evening, prior to the weekend the non-residential parent has companionship, from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, prior to the weekend the non-residential parent does not have companionship, from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
The starting time for weekday companionship must be flexible and will depend upon the work schedule of the non-residential parent and the activity schedule of the child(ren).
3. Holidays: For companionship there are eight holidays:
(1)   New Year’s Day;
(3)   Memorial Day;
(4)   July Fourth;
(5)   Labor Day;
(7)   Christmas Eve;
(8)   Christmas Day.
In the odd-numbered years, the mother shall have the child(ren) on the odd numbered holidays and the father shall have them on the even-numbered holidays. In the evennumbered years, the father shall have the odd-numbered holidays and the mother the even-numbered holidays. Hours for holiday companionship for the non-residential parent shall be from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., except for Christmas Day, which shall be from 8:00 P.M. Christmas Eve to noon Christmas Day. Except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, when a holiday companionship time falls on a Monday following that parent’s regular weekend companionship, the companionship time will be continuous.
4. Precedence: Holiday companionship times take precedence over every other scheduled companionship times. Vacation and school break companionship shall take precedence over regular companionship.
5. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day: Mother’s Day shall be spent with the mother and Father’s Day spent with the father, regardless of which parent is entitled to the weekend. Hours for companionship shall be from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
6. Child’s Birthday: A child’s birthday shall always be spent with the mother in odd numbered years, and with the father in even numbered years. Hours shall be from 9:00 A.M. to 8 P.M.
7. Extended Summer Companionship: The non-residential parent shall be entitled to five weeks companionship during the child(ren)’s summer vacation from school. If the parties cannot agree on the times, the five weeks for the non-residential parent shall be the last two weeks of June, beginning at 9 A.M. on June 17, and the first three weeks of July, ending at 8 P.M. on July 21. During the extended period of companionship with the nonresidential parent, the residential parent shall have companionship with the child(ren) on alternating weekends and weekday evenings, in accordance with the same schedule the non-residential parent has at other times.
During the child(ren)’s summer vacation from school, and as part of the five weeks available to the non-residential parent, the non-residential parent is entitled to two weeks exclusive possessory vacation time, provided that not less than 30 days prior written notice is given to the residential parent. Likewise, the residential parent shall also be entitled to two weeks exclusive possessory vacation time, Provided that not less than 30 days prior written notice is given to the nonresidential parent.
8. School Breaks: If the non-residential parent has companionship on Christmas Day, he/she shall have companionship from 9 A.M. on December 19, until 8 P.M. on December 23. If the non-residential parent has companionship on Christmas Eve, he/she shall have companionship from 9 A.M. on December 26, until 8 P.M. on December 30.
Each parent shall have companionship for one-half of the days the child(ren) are off school for spring break, which shall alternate according to the Easter Day schedule. When the non-residential parent has companionship on Easter Day, he/she shall have the half that includes Easter Day.
9. Cancellation: The non-residential parent shall give the residential parent at least 48 hours notice if visitation is to be canceled, unless there is an emergency. Visitation time canceled by the non-residential parent is forfeited and shall not be made up. Visitation canceled by the residential parent is not forfeited and shall be made up at the earliest possible time. (For example, if weekend visitation is canceled by the residential parent due to illness of a child, it shall be made up on the next weekend.)
10. Waiting: The child(ren) and residential parent have no duty to await the visiting parent for more than thirty (30) minutes of the visitation time. A parent who is late forfeits companionship for that period, unless there is an emergency.
11. Address and Phone Numbers: Each parent must keep the other informed of his or her current address and telephone number and an alternate telephone number in the event of an emergency.
12. Clothing: The residential parent is responsible for providing sufficient appropriate clothing for every visitation period. All clothing sent by the residential parent must be returned immediately after the visitation period.
13. Transportation: The non-residential parent has responsibility for picking up and returning the child(ren). No person transporting the child(ren) may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
14. Illness or Injury of Child: If a child becomes ill or injured, warranting the giving of medication or consultation with a doctor or dentist, each parent must notify the other parent as soon as reasonably possible.
15. Telephone Access: Both the child(ren) and the parents must be allowed reasonable communication by telephone at reasonable times, regardless of with whom the child(ren) are currently residing. If it is the child(ren) calling a parent, the party with whom the child(ren) are residing at the time of the call shall bear the expense, unless the child(ren) are permitted to telephone the other parent collect. If the parties’ cannot agree, telephone access shall be at least twice a week during the hours that the child(ren) are normally awake.
16. Moving: The residential parent shall not be permitted to move his or her residence from the jurisdiction of the court, without the prior written consent of the nonresidential parent, or permission of the court.
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