Common Pleas Court Judge Alison Hatheway

Honorable Alison Hatheway

Hamilton County Courthouse
1000 Main Street
Room 495
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Tara Eggleston, Bailiff
Phone Number: 513-946-5760

Kevin Cox, Law Clerk
Phone Number: 513-946-5759
Fax Number: 513-946-5757

** ALL CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCES (CMC), STATUS CONFERENCES, AND CASE REPORTS, WILL BE HELD VIA TELEPHONE CONFERENCE. PLEASE CONTACT OPPOSING COUNSEL PRIOR TO THE CMC AND INITIATE A CONFERENCE CALL -- THEN CALL THE COURT **

Courtroom Procedures 

Motion Practice

To set a hearing on a civil case, a request must be submitted in writing. To set a hearing on a criminal case, contact the bailiff. A file stamped courtesy copy of any motion should be provided to the court in advance of the hearing.

Criminal motions are heard in the morning and civil motions in the afternoon. The timelines for responses to and replies in support of motions will follow those imposed by the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure and any applicable local rule. Counsel should be familiar with the Local Rules.

The Court will set hearings for motions on a case-by-case basis, either sua sponte or at the request of a party.  Motion hearing exhibits must be provided to the opposing party and the Court.  To request the status of a pending motion or to alert the court of an urgent request, counsel should contact either the bailiff (criminal cases) or the law clerk (civil cases).

Settlement

Regarding civil matters, attorneys are encouraged to reach resolutions on their own, however, parties are also encouraged to contact the Court if they believe that intervention would be productive.

Pretrial

This Court uses a standard case management form. The form provides attorneys with a discovery deadline, deadlines for identification of experts, dispositive motion deadlines, and pretrial and trial dates which should be adhered to. During the initial case management conference, a pretrial conference will be set approximately two weeks prior to trial.

Pretrial statements are due at least one week before the pretrial conference. The final pretrial statement should follow the format in the Local Rules and should provide the Court with a brief synopsis of the case, the status of any settlement negotiations, the expected length of trial including the number of potential witnesses, and any special issues or trial needs anticipated.  Representatives for each party must be present at the final pretrial with full, final, and immediate settlement authority.

Motions in limine should be filed before the pretrial.  All exhibits, marked with exhibit numbers/letters, should be submitted to the Court at least three business days before the trial.

Trial

Trials are set at 10am and continue until approximately 4pm, with a one-hour lunch and occasional recesses. Civil jury instructions in a complete form should be submitted by e-mail to the law clerk two days before trial. A witness list must be provided to both the Court and the court reporter before trial.  Trial briefs are welcome but are not required. There is no time limit for voir dire, but counsel is expected to keep voir dire direct.

Sentencing

Sentencing Memorandums are highly encouraged and should be filed with the Court no later than two business days before the sentencing hearing. A copy should also be provided to opposing counsel prior to the sentencing hearing.

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 it out before seeking Court involvement. In criminal cases, there is a duty to provide discovery to the defendant, including but not limited to, mitigating and exculpatory evidence.  Possession of such evidence by law enforcement is imputed to the state.

Courtroom Etiquette

Counsel and parties are expected to be professional, respectful, and courteous at all times. Counsel is expected to behave professionally and to act with civility toward each other, the parties, witnesses, staff and the general public. When speaking during a hearing or trial, counsel should stand, either at the podium or at their table. Counsel should ask permission before approaching a witness or the bench, but consider such permission continuing after the first request unless otherwise directed from the bench.

Expectations

Counsel is expected to be on time, however, if counsel is delayed or late, they should contact the bailiff (criminal cases) or the law clerk (civil cases).