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The General Division of the Common Pleas Court has original authority over felony cases and civil cases where the amount in controversy exceeds $500.00.  The court also shares "concurrent jurisdiction" over certain claims pursued under federal law.



I have practiced law in the Stark County Common Pleas Court, and the Common Pleas Courts in many surrounding areas and counties around Ohio, for over 29 years.  Drawing from that experience, there are several procedures which advance the sound administration of justice:

Implementation of case schedules which allow for early evaluation of civil cases, whether by motions or other procedures, to expedite consideration of cases and save parties time and expense.

Encouraging early utilization of mediation services, again, to more-quickly seek to resolve cases and save expenses.

Implementation of the practice of foregoing settlement discussion on the morning set for trial, to avoid delay and inconvenience for jurors, witnesses and others.

Developing policy to fully conform with Marsy's Law, and the implementing legislation from the General Assembly, respecting and protecting victims' rights.

Marsy's Law Fact Sheet

 Fulfilling the role of the Court in adjudicating all matters fully and fairly, consistent with the rule of law, protecting the liberty interests of all who come before the Court - in both the criminal and civil context - and the safety and security of the community.

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