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Common Pleas Court Judges

Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams

Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams


Courtroom: 23-A
Fax: (216) 348-4031
Bailiff:

Anthony T. Parker
(216) 443-8726

Staff Attorney:

Ross A. DiBello
(216) 443-8556

On Common Pleas Bench Since: January 2013
Admitted to Bar: May 1991
Born: Springfield, Ohio
Residence: Village of Bratenahl
High School: Springfield South High
College: Miami University
Law School: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Legal Experience:


Private Practice (both civil and criminal) since 1991

Appointments:


Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Commercial Docket

Litigation Preferences

General

All Case Management Conferences are conducted by telephone. Failure of the Plaintiff to appear at the CMC will result in a dismissal without prejudice. At that time all dates and deadlines will be established. Alternate Dispute Resolution is looked at in all appropriate cases. Failure to appear at any court hearing or event may result in the dismissal of Plaintiff’s complaint for want of prosecution or judgment rendered against the Defendant. All requests to the Court must be in the form of a motion and served upon all parties. Service must be obtained on all parties pursuant to Civil Rule 4(e) or the case will be dismissed as to that party for lack of service.

 

Pre-Trials

Most pre-trials are conducted in person with all parties present.

Motion Practice

This court strictly construes time allowed on motions/pleadings. All time limitations are calculated on a calendar-day basis. Reply Briefs can be filed without prior court approval. No responses to the Reply Briefs will be accepted.

Courtesy copies of Dispositive Motions must be walked up to the Judge’s chambers on the date of filing.

If the Defendant is served but does not answer or respond to the Complaint, Plaintiff must timely file the Motion for Default Judgment or the Complaint will be dismissed for want of prosecution.

Discovery

This court expects all parties to participate in discovery in good faith and cooperate with each other prior to the submission of any discovery motions.

Settlement Conference

Settlement conferences will be set by the court at the court’s discretion or upon the request of the parties.

Calendaring and Continuances

All requests for continuances must be in the form of a motion, walked up to the 23A on the date of filing, and served on all parties.  Additionally, the request must be filed on or before the date of the existing deadline.

 

Trials

The trial orders will be given to the parties thirty days before trial.

All trial briefs; Proposed Stipulations as to undisputed facts, reserving any objections as to relevance; Exhibits; Jury Instructions; Jury Interrogatories; and Motions in Limine are due no later than two (2) weeks prior to trial and courtesy copies shall be provided to the Court.

Stipulations as to the authenticity of all documents/exhibits shall be agreed upon unless credible evidence to the contrary exists.

The Court shall not grant leave to conduct depositions after the above deadline for any reason, including continuance of trial, even if said continuance is due to the Court’s engagement in another trial.  Objections to “unavailability” are not waived by participation in videotaped depositions.

All parties, counsel of record, and adjusters to be present in person with full settlement authority for final settlement conference one-half hour before trial.

Exhibits shall be bound and marked before trial and submitted to the Court no later than two (2) weeks prior to trial.  Each party shall include as one of their exhibits the curriculum vitae of any expert(s) that may be called to present evidence or testimony at trial for the use of the Court.

Witnesses or exhibits not listed in the trial brief shall not testify or be introduced at trial absent a showing of good cause.

 

Complete trial briefs shall be filed and delivered to the Court’s chambers by not later than two (2) weeks prior to trial.  A complete trial brief includes:

-A statement of the facts;

-A discussion of the controlling law;

-A list of proposed witnesses along with a brief description of the subject matter of the testimony of each witness;

-An index of all proposed exhibits containing a brief description of each exhibit; and

-A discussion of any evidentiary issues likely to arise at trial.

Trial Briefs shall also include any unique or sensitive proposed voir dire questions (Traditional or boilerplate voir dire questions need not be provided).

 

Counsel must file a list of all filed deposition transcripts that are to be utilized at trial by no later than two (2) weeks prior to trial.  Counsel must confer and present a list of all objections for which a ruling is desired as well as a list of withdrawn objections on said date.  Failure to submit said list shall result in waiver of all objections.

A party seeking to have videotaped testimony utilized at trial must retain a videographer for the playback at trial.

In a Jury case, counsel shall submit proposed jury Instructions for each claim, counterclaim and/or cross-claim contained in the pleadings with applicable O.J.I. or case citations, as well as verdict forms and any interrogatories.  Failure to submit Proposed Jury Instructions and/or Interrogatories may be deemed a violation of this Order and sanctions may issue.

In the event the Court is engaged in trial and this matter is referred to a visiting judge, the case is referred for purposes of trial only.  The assigned Judge, Cassandra Collier-Williams, retains jurisdiction on all post-trial motions.  Copies of motions are to be hand-delivered to Judge Collier-Williams’ office on the day of filing.

Trial counsel shall walk courtesy copies of all stipulations and their trial briefs to the Judge’s staff attorney on the 11th floor of the Justice Center or directly to the Judge’s chambers by no later than two (2) weeks prior to trial.

Failure to comply with any portion of this Court’s orders may result in sanctions, including dismissal or judgment.

 

Recent Opinions

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