Honorable Jody M. Luebbers
Hamilton County Courthouse
1000 Main Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Steve Donnellon, Bailiff
Phone Number: 513-946-5755
Ally Berry, Law Clerk
Phone Number: 513-946-5754
Fax Number: 513-946-5752
To set a hearing on a civil case, contact the law clerk. 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. We handle criminal motions in the morning and civil motions in the afternoon.
Regarding both criminal and civil matters I encourage the attorneys to reach resolutions on their own, however, I am happy to be involved in negotiations.
Motions for continuances in civil cases must be made in writing even if both parties agree and the matter must be set down for hearing by contacting the law clerk.. Continuances are not liberally granted.
The court uses a standard case management order that it expects all party to strictly follow. Pretrial statements are required at all pretrials and a copy should be dropped off in the courtroom two days before the pretrial. We will discuss the case, any settlement negotiations and readiness for trial including any pre-trial motions.
Civil jury instructions in a complete form should be submitted by e-mail to the law clerk two days before trial. Trial briefs are welcome but not required. All exhibits need to be marked in advance and a list submitted to both the court and the court reporter. A witness list needs to be provided to both the court and the court reporter before trial. Voir dire will be of the panel in the box with individual jurors questioned as they get moved into the box. Jurors may not take notes nor ask questions.
Discovery is set out in the case management order. Attorneys should try to work out discovery issues between themselves if possible. Attorneys can call the court for assistance.
I expect attorneys 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 to approach.
I expect attorneys to be prepared for trial on the day that the trial is set. If an attorney is going to be late, I expect a phone call.