Amendment to Local Rule 15 and Request for Comments



Proposed Amendment to Local Rule 15

The Domestic Relations Division of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas is requesting comments regarding proposed Local Rule 21 (Submission of and Response to Motions).  The proposed rule is modified to require that separate motions be filed for each type of relief requested rather than one motion with several branches, and post-decree motions must include the current addresses of both parties in the caption.  The rule also requires that contempt motions identify the specific orders alleged to have been violated; that motions to modify must identify the specific changes of circumstances upon which the motion is based; and that motions to compel must set forth whether it is based upon a failure to respond or an incomplete or evasive response and the specific discovery request alleged to have been violated.

The proposed amendment also makes clear that it is a party’s responsibility to perfect service on the opposing party under Civil Rules, and Instructions for Service must accompany all post-decree motions invoking the jurisdiction of the court. 

The proposed amendment also changes the response time for a party opposing a motion from 7 to 14 days. 

To view the amendment, please click here.  The new language appears in RED.

The Court will accept comments regarding the rule amendment through March 4, 2019.  Please direct any comments to:

Serpil Ergun
Executive Director of Judicial Operations
Cuyahoga County Courthouse
1 W. Lakeside Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113