Common Pleas Court Judges
Judge Wanda C. Jones
For civil cases, a Telephone Conference or Case management Conference will be held around 90-110 days from filing. Parties are expected to begin the discovery process as soon as service is perfected and prior to the scheduled CMC. The Court will issue a case schedule in each civil matter, which may include discovery deadlines, final pretrial date and trial date. The Court seeks an efficient and timely resolution or disposition in civil and criminal matters. Pro Se litigants are presumed to know the law and correct procedures. All litigants will be treated equally.
Motion Practice (Civil)
Counsel is directed to provide the court with courtesy copies of all motions for summary judgment, complex motions, trial briefs, proposed jury instructions, interrogatories and verdict forms, motions in limine, and dismissal entries.
For Default proceedings, the Plaintiff’s attorney must bring the following: the proposed judgment entry; (if applicable) the contract, assignment, or written instrument upon which Plaintiff seeks relief; affidavit signed by the Plaintiff’s attorney stating compliance with service requirements and applicable statutes; affidavit from Plaintiff supporting the requested damages; and documentation to support that the Defendant is not currently in military service. Further, the Plaintiff must provide documentation regarding assignments of account(s), including: the date of the assignment and proof of amount/principal due at the time the original creditor charged off the account(s). Blanket assignments without reference to debtor’s name will not be considered. For service, the Plaintiff is required to notify in writing all parties against whom judgment is sought of the time and date of the default hearing by certified and regular mail, at least ten (10) days in advance of the hearing date.
Motion Practice (Criminal)
A hard copy of all Motions and pleadings are to be provided to the Court.
On a case-by-case basis, the Court may set discovery exchange cutoff dates, but the parties are primarily expected to begin the process in a timely manner. Further, the parties are expected to make reasonable efforts to settle any disputes regarding discovery. Any unresolved issues shall be brought to the Court’s attention for purposes of setting the appropriate deadlines or requirements. Any set deadlines can be extended with permission of the Court. Parties must file all requests to Continue trial dates in writing,
In advance of a trial date and at the request of the parties, the Court shall schedule a settlement conference, which will require attendance of parties and those with settlement authority in person unless for good cause shown permission is obtained from the court to allow attendance by telephone.
Calendaring and Continuances
Civil and Criminal
Deadlines shall be scheduled on a case-by-case basis. Continuances must be requested in writing.
Trials (Civil and Criminal)
Dates shall be scheduled on a case-by-case basis. Continuances must be requested in writing.
STANDING ORDER FOR TRIAL (CIVIL)
PARTIES WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE PRESENT FOR TRIAL AT 9:00AM. FOURTEEN (14) DAYS BEFORE THE TRIAL DATE, ALL MOTIONS IN LIMINE ARE TO BE FILED, WITH COPIES PROVIDED TO THE COURT. SEVEN (7) DAYS BEFORE THE TRIAL DATE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE TO BE FILED WITH THE COURT: TRIAL BRIEFS; REPLIES TO MOTIONS IN LIMINE; EXHIBIT/WITNESS LISTS; ANY OBJECTIONS TO DEPOSITIONS; AND PROPOSED JURY INSTRUCTIONS, INTERROGATORIES AND VERDICT FORMS. THE PROPOSED JURY INSTRUCTIONS, INTERROGATORIES AND VERDICT FORMS ARE TO BE HAND-DELIVERED TO COURT ROOM 18-A AND E-MAILED TO THE COURT'S SECRETARY, WHOSE E-MAIL ADDRESS CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING JUDGE JONES’ BAILIFF AT 216-443-8736.