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Rule 15: Submission of and Response to Motions



(A) Contents of Motion. Unless made during a hearing or trial, all motions shall be made in writing and filed with the Clerk of Courts. The motion shall be made in writing and filed with the Clerk of Courts. The motion shall include a concise written statement of the relief sought and the grounds therefor. If a motion seeks more than one type of relief, the caption of the motion shall set forth each item of relief sought on a separate line so that separate motion numbers can be assigned thereto:  

Mary Doe  )  Case No. 00001 
Plaintiff )  Judge James Smith
v. )  Motion to Show Cause ___________________
John Doe )  Motion to Modify Support ________________
Defendant )  Motion to Set Visitation __________________


(B) Opposing a Motion. Any party opposing a motion may file and serve a concise written statement of his/her reasons therefor, including, citation to any authority on which he/she relies, within 7 days from service of the motion.

(C) Additional Briefs. Reply or supplemental briefs will not be considered unless filed with leave of court after showing the necessity therefor.

(D) Service.

     (1) Pending Cases. In pending cases, all motions shall be filed with the Clerk of Courts and served on opposing counsel, on opposing party if not represented, and on the Guardian ad litem, where one has been appointed.

     (2) Post-Decree. Any post-decree motion invoking the continuing jurisdiction of the Court shall contain the current addresses of both parties in the caption. Notice of the motion invoking continuing jurisdiction shall be served in the manner provided for the service of process under Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure 4 through 4.6. If certified mail service is utilized, the request for certified mail service shall be made through the office of the Clerk of Courts.

(Effective July 1, 1991.  Amended effective September 1, 1995.)

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