Recent amendments to the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure will unify the timeline of court proceedings throughout the state. For example, Ohio now has uniform motion deadlines to streamline processes. The amendments became effective July 1, 2018 and serve to eliminate confusion regarding deadlines and other requirements.
Here are some of the specifics. For Motions for Summary Judgment, all responses are due 28 days after service of the motion, and replies are due 14 days after service of the response.
For all other motions, responses are due 14 days after service of the motion, and replies are due 7 days after service of the response.
Motions for purposes of trial, such as a motion in limine, must be filed at least twenty-eight days prior to the trial, while motions for purposes of a hearing must be served no later than fourteen days prior to the hearing. Importantly, Rule 6 allows courts to modify the summary judgment and motion deadlines for good cause.
Discovery rules are also updated due to advancements in technology. Rule 33, 34, and 36 now state that the discovery must serve an electric copy on a shareable medium in an editable format. These changes should result in a more streamlined and effective system.
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