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Honorable Rosemary Grdina Gold, Judge

Lucy DeLeon, Bailiff, 216-443-8812
Victoria Baskovic, Scheduler, 216-443-8859
Third Floor, Courtroom 1A

Ann Weatherhead, Trial Magistrate
Jason Parker, Motion Magistrate

Judge Rosemary Grdina Gold has served on the Court since April 2010.   She is currently in her second (first full) term which will end in January 2021.  She was elected by the Judges of the Domestic Relations Division to serve as Administrative Judge for 2016-2017. 

Prior to joining the Court, Judge Gold practiced family law for over 27 years.   She brings this experience to the bench in the handling of her docket.  Judge Gold believes that every court appearance attended by parties and/or their attorneys should have a measurable outcome.  She strongly encourages litigants to participate in and take ownership of their case. 

Judge Gold is a member of the Ohio Judicial Conference’s Domestic Relations Law & Procedure Committee and formerly of the Public Confidence and Community Outreach Committee.  She also served for five years on the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Court Security.  In 2014, Judge Gold was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Access to Justice Task Force, and has spoken about the findings and recommendations issued by the Task Force.  She is a strong advocate of access to justice and encourages volunteer lawyers to assist self-represented litigants pro bono.   During her tenure as Administrative Judge, Judge Gold established the Court’s Help Center to assist litigants and lawyers in completing court forms and preparing judgment entries for the final hearing.


Discovery

Judge Gold expects attorneys to begin exchanging financial information on an informal basis soon after the pleadings have been filed.  If necessary, formal discovery should be issued before the first pretrial.  Judge Gold will not entertain discovery motions unless the attorneys and/or parties communicate with each other to resolve any disputes.  Unanswered e-mails or single letters to opposing counsel do not constitute “communication.”  Efforts must be made to actually discuss pending issues between counsel.  If agreement cannot be reached, attorneys must contact Judge Gold for an attorney conference before filing a motion to compel or for protective order.

Pretrial Conferences in Contested Cases

Soon after a case is filed, the Judge conducts a Pretrial Conference at which she meets with the attorneys and the parties to identify the issues in the case and determine how much time will be needed to get the case ready for settlement or trial.  Concerns regarding the parenting of minor children are addressed at the first Pretrial.  Parties must attend the first pretrial in their case unless excused by the Court. 

The Judge conducts additional pretrial conferences as needed to ensure that parties and counsel are addressing any unresolved issues.  In order to reduce the need for postponements, all court dates in a case are assigned upon the agreement of the attorneys and parties.  Judge Gold encourages parties through attorneys to engage in discussions for the purpose of negotiating an amicable settlement, and she conducts attorney conferences or hearings on pretrial motions to help dispose of issues which may impede settlement.

Uncontested Trials

Pro se litigants whose cases are set for Uncontested Trial MUST appear at the Court’s Help Center at least two weeks prior to the hearing date to prepare the appropriate Judgment Entry of Divorce/Legal Separation for approval.

If there are minor child(ren), you (or both spouses if shared parenting) must attend the required Parenting Class.

If you have a support order from either the Office of Child Support or Juvenile Court and/or a custody order, you must obtain a copy of the order.

If you are seeking child support, you should provide current income information for you and your spouse.

If you own real estate, obtain a copy of the property’s deed proving ownership and title.

Bring a witness to the hearing who has personal knowledge of your grounds for divorce (e.g., one year separation, incompatibility, gross neglect of duty, etc.)

the court reserves the right to reschedule your hearing if you have not met these requirements.