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These Rules are designed and adopted to provide an orderly means of access to the Court and an efficient system for resolution of disputes within the Court. The purpose of the Rules would be subverted if they are invoked by counsel for mere tactical advantage in a proceeding. The Rules and their divisions are rules of reason. They shall be applied consistent with constitutional requirements, statutes, other court rules and decisional law in the context of all relevant circumstances. The Rules are to be construed so as not to impinge on the essential independence of judges in making judicial decisions, or as a substitute for substantive law.

It is not intended that every transgression from the Rules will result in sanctions against a party or counsel. The imposition of a sanction and the degree of such sanction shall be determined through a reasonable and reasoned application of the Rules and should depend upon such factors as the seriousness of the transgression, whether there is a pattern of improper activity and the effect of the transgression on the rights of the parties and the merits of the cause before the court or the perception of the judicial system by the public. However, in the event sanctions are deemed appropriate, the Trial Judge, in accordance with the inherent powers of the Court and the enumerated powers contained in the Ohio Revised Code, the Ohio Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, the Rules of Juvenile Procedure, and the Rules of Superintendence shall have the power to impose sanctions on attorneys, parties, or both, for failure to comply with these Local Rules. Sanctions may be monetary, non-monetary or a combination of monetary and non-monetary. No sanction shall be imposed without providing the offending party and/or attorney an opportunity to be heard, unless the conduct giving rise to the sanction amounts to a direct contempt.

Pursuant to the authority granted in Article IV, ยง5 (B) of the Constitution of the State of Ohio and the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio, it is Ordered that the following be the Rules of Practice and Procedure in the Probate and Juvenile Courts of Belmont County, Ohio.


Section I General Rules Probate and Juvenile Court
Rule 1 - Term of Court
Rule 2 - Hours of Court
Rule 3 - Removal of files, pleading of other documents
Rule 4 - Broadcasting/Photographing proceedings
Rule 5 - Jury Service
Rule 5 - Request for Exemption, Excuse, or Deferral
Rule 6 - Court Security

Section II Juvenile Court Rules
Rule 7 - Juvenile Court Costs
Rule 8 - Special Projects
Rule 9 - Intake Procedure
Rule 10 - Traffic Procedure
Rule 11 - Criminal/Juvenile Case Discovery
Rule 11 (A) - Mediation
Rule 12 - Domestic Relations / Magistrate's Office
Rule 12 (A) - Guardian ad Litem’s (G.A.L.’s)
Rule 12 DR Procedure - Domestic Relations Procedures
Rule 12 DR Form 101 - Mutual Restraining Order
Rule 12 DR Form 102 - Child Custody

Section III Probate Court Rules
Rule 13
- Land Sales
Rule 14 - Decedent's Estates
Rule 15 - Wrongful Death Settlements
Rule 16 - Settlement of Minor's Claim
Rule 17 - Guardianships
Rule 18 - Trusts
Rule 19 - Inventories - Estates, Trusts, and Guardianships
Rule 20 - Accounting by Fiduciary
Rule 21 - Certificate of Giving Notice of Probate of Will
Rule 22 - Court Costs
Rule 23 - Land Sale (R.C. Chapter 2127)
Rule 24 - Counsel Fees
Rule 25 - Guardian's Compensation
Rule 26 - Trustees's Compensation
Rule 27 - Index of Deposited Wills
Rule 28 - Attorney of Fiduciary Citations
Rule 29 - Mediation

Section IV Civil Actions or Adversary Proceedings
Rule 30
- Attorneys
Rule 31 - Pretrial Conference and Procedures
Rule 31 Form 1 - Report of Parties
Rule 31 Form 2 - Final Pretrial Order
Rule 32 - Separation and Exclusion of Witnesses
Rule 33 - Motions

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