Ex Parte Communication(s)

The Wayne County Clerk of Courts for the Municipal Court and the Municipal Court staff will not accept, file, or respond to letters submitted by anyone concerning a pending case before the Court if not in compliance with the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct.  Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct, Rule 2.9, prohibits the Court from initiating, receiving, permitting, or considering ex parte communications, which are communications concerning a pending case when all parties to the case are not present. 
Any written correspondence to the Court which is not served upon all parties constitutes an impermissible ex parte communication, and will not be reviewed, filed, or acted upon.  Such communications will be summarily discarded.
Any communications or requests to the Court must be in the form of a motion, properly captioned with the name of the parties, all relevant case numbers, and a clear and concise statement of what is being requested.  All motions must be signed, dated, and served upon the opposing party or parties, in compliance with Criminal Rule 49 and/or Civil Rule 5, before they will be accepted for filing.  The motion must be accompanied with a certificate of service.   
Any letters from interested parties concerning the sentence to be imposed in a criminal/traffic case should be provided to either the prosecutor or opposing counsel, who may provide the letter to the Court and the parties at the sentencing hearing, if appropriate.  
*Blank Motion Forms can be obtained in the Resources Tab when you visit: www.waynemunicipalcourt.org 
Per the Wayne County Municipal Court Judges’ Order dated January 23, 2020.