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Judge Richard J. McMonagle

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(216) 348-4038
Gilbert J. Ryan
(216) 443-8681
Courtroom Assistant:
Thomas Wiktorowski
(216) 348-4026
Staff Attorney:
Matthew C. Rambo
(216) 443-8578
On Common Pleas
Bench Since:
Admitted to Bar:

Supreme Court–Ohio,
Federal District Court Northern District of Ohio,
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and
The Supreme Court of the United States
Cleveland, Ohio
High School:
Gilmour Academy (1959)
Villanova University (1964)
Law School:
Case Western Reserve University (1967)
Legal Experience:
Private Practice (1967-1979).

General:Need pre-trial statements at case management conference.

Commercial Docket Cases:
Direct all Commercial Docket case inquiries to Staff Attorney Matthew Rambo at (216) 443-8578. Walk through copies of all Commercial Docket case motions filed with the Court to Staff Attorney.

Pre-Trials: Judge handles all conferences. Requires individual with authority to be present. Does not allow phone conferences. Deadlines, merits, and settlement are discussed at case management conference.

Motion Practice: Judge and bailiff handle everything. Do not need to provide chamber with copies except answered interrogatories. Allows oral arguments when deemed helpful. Always allows filing of reply and sur reply briefs. Motions in limine may be written or oral and can be submitted anytime.

Discovery: Does not require a scheduling order. Standard discovery cutoff is dependent on type of case.

Settlement Conference: Discusses settlement anytime parties appear before Judge. Requires parties and individual with settlement authority to be present. Always participates in settlement negotiations. Does not allow phone conference.

Calendaring and Continuances: Motion by party, joint motion, or phone approval is needed for extension of discovery and first continuance. Does not allow extension for discovery without court approval.

Trials: Must provide court reporter with exhibit lists prior to morning of trial. Can file statements, trial briefs, and jury instructions anytime. Present videotape before trial. No need to file index of objections. Rules on objections as they come up in trial. At times allows others to sit at trial table. Court does extensive voir dire. No time limit on voir dire. Questions must contain relevant information. Does not allow jurors to take notes or ask questions during trial. Prefers exhibits to be given during final argument. Does not prefer jury instructions to be on disk. Does not allow jurors to talk to attorney after close of case; need to follow Local Rules.

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"The mission of the Court is to provide a forum for the fair, impartial and timely resolution of civil and criminal cases."

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