Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher A. Wagner

Honorable Christopher A. Wagner

Hamilton County Courthouse
1000 Main Street
Room 320
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Christopher Harding, Bailiff
Phone Number: 513-946-5890
CHarding@cms.hamilton-co.org

Susan Irion, Law Clerk
Phone Number: 513-946-5891
SIrion@cms.hamilton-co.org
Fax Number: 513-946-5894

CASE Management Conferences

All CMCs are held by telephone, unless otherwise requested. Plaintiff's counsel is to initiate the telephone conference to Defendant's counsel and then to Judge Wagner’s Staff Attorney. Requests for production of documents and interrogatories must be served prior to the Case Management Conference. Pursuant to Civ.R. 27(F) attorneys are to meet 21 days prior to the CMC develop a discovery plan for filing 7 days prior tot the CMC.  The Court shall set a discovery schedule and Trial schedule during the CMCs.

Civil Docket Case Management

The Court expects to move its docket quickly and efficiently with the goal of disposing of all cases within one year of filing.  Attorneys should be prepared to discuss settlement at the earliest opportunity.

Courtroom Procedures

Motion Practice

To set a hearing on a civil case, contact the Staff Attorney. To set a hearing on a criminal case, contact the Bailiff. A file stamped courtesy copy of the motion should be provided to the court. Typically, we handle criminal motions in the morning and civil motions in the afternoon.

Settlement

Regarding both criminal and civil matters, attorneys are encouraged to reach resolutions on their own, however, if that fails please contact the Court.

Calendaring and Continuances

Continuances of discovery deadlines without Court consent shall be permitted as long as 1) all the parties agree and 2) the extension does not interfere with the dispositive motion date and the Trial date.  Motions for continuances in civil cases must be made in writing even if both parties agree.  The matter may be set for hearing by contacting the Staff Attorney.

Discovery

Discovery is set out in the case management order. Discovery disputes should not linger.  Attorneys are to make all reasonable efforts to settle discovery disputes amongst the parties. Prior to any party filing any Discovery Motion, the parties shall contact Judge Wagner’s Staff Attorney to set an Attorney Conference either via telephone, video, or in-person with the Court as soon as possible.

Pretrials

The Court will attempt to handle all Pretrials. The Judge will use Telephone or Video Conference at the Court's discretion.  A Pretrial may be set in-person at the request of the parties.  All attorneys should be prepared to discuss deadlines, motions, settlement to help facilitate the resolve of a case, and readiness for trial.  All attorneys should be prepared to discuss deadlines, motions, settlement to help facilitate the resolve of a case, and readiness for trial. Clients or individuals with full settlement authority are required to be present at the final Pretrial. Attorneys for all parties shall converse prior to the Pretrial regarding the case status.

Trials

In accordance with Civ.R. 6, the Court orders that any Motion in Limine is to be filed at least 28 days before Trial.  Any Brief in Opposition is due 14 days thereafter.  No Reply shall be permitted.

The Court additionally orders that at least 2 business days prior to Trial, the parties are to file the following: 1) Witness Lists, 2) Exhibit Lists, 3) Joint Jury Instructions, Jury Interrogatories, and /or Jury Verdict Forms if applicable, and 4) Stipulations.  All exhibits need to be marked in advance and a list submitted to both the Court and the court reporter. The witness list needs to be provided to both the Court and the court reporter before trial.

With respect to Jury Instructions, Jury Interrogatories, and Jury Verdict Forms, the Parties are to provide the Court with one consolidated set of Instructions/Interrogatories/Verdict Forms that includes all those to which the Parties agree and that identifies all those to which the Parties disagree.  A courtesy copy in a Word format should be emailed to the Staff Attorney.

Voir dire will be of the panel in the box with individual jurors questioned as they get moved into the box. Jurors may take notes but may not ask questions.

Courtroom Etiquette

Attorneys are to be prompt, courteous, and respectful at all times. Attorneys should stand when addressing the Court, questioning witnesses, and when objecting. If a case is in progress, attorneys should quietly wait for the Bailiff or Staff Attorney to approach.

Attorneys should be prepared for trial on the day that the trial is set. If an attorney is going to be late, please call.