Common Pleas Magistrates

Thomas O. Beridon

Chief Magistrate

Hamilton County Courthouse
1000 Main Street
Room 424
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Meghan-Anne Ryan, ESQ.

Law Clerk

mryan@cms.hamilton-co.org
Phone Number: 513-946-5875

Anita P. Berding

Chief Magistrate

Hamilton County Courthouse
1000 Main Street
Room 585
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Margaret Rentz

Administrator/Magistrate

Phone: 513-946-5820
Fax: 513-946-5824

Alexis Royse, ESQ.

Law Clerk

Phone: 513-946-5821
Fax: 513-946-5824

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CSPO DOCKET

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 8:30 Room 585

Thursday, 8:30 Room 305

Friday, 10:00 Room 585

OTHER CIVIL DOCKET

Monday and Tuesday, 9:00 and 9:15 cases will proceed as scheduled in Room 305

Monday and Tuesday, 9:30 cases and later will proceed as scheduled in Room 585

Wednesday all cases will proceed as scheduled in Room 305

Thursday and Friday all cases will proceed as scheduled in Room 585

FELONY ARRAIGNMENT

Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 Room 585

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Common Pleas Magistrates

Chief Magistrates Anita P. Berding and Thomas O. Beridon are the primary magistrates serving the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, pursuant to Local Rule 23. Cases are referred by Local Rule, General Order of Reference (M9600400), Individual Order of Reference, and Special Order of Reference.

Those matters referred by General Order of Reference include foreclosure cases, administrative appeals with the exception of those appeals assigned to the Hon. Robert P. Ruehlman, civil forfeiture cases, certificates for qualification of employment, and requests for car titles. Cases referred to the magistrates by general order of reference are heard by a magistrate until judgment.

Under Civ R. 53(C)(1)(b) and Civ. R 53(2), with unanimous written consent of the parties, a magistrate may preside over any civil jury trial.

All hearings for default, attachments/replevin, executions and evictions, are referred by Local Rule 23 and are scheduled at dates and times designated by the Assignment Commissioner, (513) 946-5939.

The magistrates handle arraignment and extraditions pursuant to Local Rule 7.

The magistrates preside over judgment debtor exams and garnishment hearings in accordance with Local Rule 19.

Pursuant to Local Rule 37, the magistrate presides over all hearings required under R.C. §2903.214, Civil Stalking Protection Orders.

For Instructions on Preparing a Magistrate's Decision please click here.