This area provides a link to each Magistrate's background and contact information.
Magistrates are non-elected judicial officers. They are appointed by judges. Magistrates conduct proceedings just as a judge would, but certain decisions of the magistrate are not final or effective until they are reviewed and adopted by a judge.
Magistrates issue orders and decisions. A magistrate's order is effective immediately. If a party wants the judge to review the order to have it changed, then the party must file a request to that effect. However, the order will still remain in effect while the request is pending unless the judge or magistrate issues a stay. An order is usually issued for matters that are not dispositive of the entire case. Orders to continue a case, pretrial orders, orders regarding discovery, etc. are examples of orders issued by magistrates that take immediate effect.
A magistrate’s decision is issued when substantive issues are being addressed. A magistrate would also issue a decision when deciding the motion of a party for summary judgment, or for judgment on the pleadings, for example. Similarly, a magistrate would issue a decision after conducting a hearing.
All of the magistrates of Cleveland Municipal Court are members of the Ohio Association of Magistrates.