Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas O. Beridon

Honorable Thomas O. Beridon

Hamilton County Courthouse
1000 Main Street
Room 485
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Adam Eiser, Bailiff
Phone Number: 513-946-5102

Ginger Bock, Law Clerk
Email: gbock@cms.hamilton-co.org
Phone Number: 513-946-5744
Fax Number: 513-946-5104

COURTROOM PROCEDURES

CASE MANAGMENT

In criminal cases, scheduling is done through the bailiff.

In civil cases, a trial schedule will be set at the initial case management conference. Unless excused by the Court, counsel attendance at the initial case management is required.

If parties desire an extension of the deadlines set in the case management conference, it must be done via written motion.

MOTION PRACTICE

A courtesy copy of all motions, along with a Word-formatted proposed Entry, must be emailed to gbock@cms.hamilton-co.org. The case caption must be included in the email’s subject line.

The timelines for responses to and replies in support of motions will follow those imposed by the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure.

The Court will set hearings for motions on a case-by-case basis, either sua sponte or at the request of a party.

SETTLEMENT

If requested by both parties, the Court will become involved in the settlement of both civil and criminal cases.

CIVIL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE

During the initial case management conference, a pretrial conference will be set approximately two weeks prior to trial.

Pretrial statements are due at least three business days before the pretrial conference. Pretrial statements are to follow the format of the Local Rules.

Counsel must prepare complete proposed jury instructions and submit them to gbock@cms.hamilton-co.org in Word format at least three business days prior to the pretrial conference.

TRIAL

Trials will commence at 9am and continue until approximately 1pm, with only occasional recesses.

Along with a witness list, all exhibits shall be marked in advance and submitted to the Court and the court reporter two business days before the trial.

There is no time limit for voir dire, but counsel is expected to keep voir dire direct.

DISCOVERY

Discovery time limits are set at the initial case management conference. The Court expects opposing parties to be courteous and respectful regarding discovery. If a discovery dispute arises, parties must attempt to work them out before seeking Court involvement.

COURTROOM ETIQUETTE

Counsel and parties are expected to be professional, respectful, and courteous at all times. When speaking during a hearing or trial, counsel must stand, either at the podium or at their table. Counsel must ask permission before approaching a witness or the bench.

EXPECTATIONS/COMMENTS

I expect counsel to behave professionally and to act with civility toward each other, parties, witnesses, and my courtroom staff.

I expect counsel to be on time. If counsel will be late, they are expected to call the bailiff (criminal cases) or the staff attorney (civil cases).