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New Deadlines for Federal Court Filings
01/12/2009
Important Notice Regarding Time Period Changes Effective December 1, 2009, Including 14-Day Deadlines for Filing Schedules, Statements, Chapter 13 Plans, and Bankruptcy Appellate Briefs.
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Proposed Federal Rules Modifications - Request for Comment
01/01/2010
The Judicial Conference of the United States Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure has requested public comment on the preliminary draft of proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy and Criminal Procedure and on the preliminary draft of the proposed comprehensive style revision of the Federal Rules of Evidence by February 16, 2010.
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Court Adopts Local Patent Rules
01/12/2009
Upon the recommendation of the Local Patent Committee and the Northern Ohio Advisory Group the Court has adopted Local Patent Rules.
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Annual Report and Annual Assessment
14/05/2010
The Northern District of Ohio Annual Report and the Annual Assessment of the Civil and Criminal Dockets are now available.
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Judge Ann Aldrich
03/05/2010
Senior United States District Judge Ann Aldrich, the first female appointed to the federal district court in Ohio, passed away May 2, 2010. She was 82 years old.
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New Chief Judge Sworn In
01/06/2010
U.S. District Judge, Solomon Oliver, Jr., sworn in as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
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National Preservation Month Highlights: Cleveland's Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse
14/06/2010
In 1903, Cleveland officials proposed a group plan that local and federal government buildings be placed around a grand mall.
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Magistrate Judge
30/07/2010
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio selects Magistrate Judge
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Invitation for Public Comment
02/08/2010
Regarding the Reappointment of Dennis G. Terez for Federal Public Defender Northern District of Ohio
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Proposed Amendments to Federal Criminal and Bankruptcy Rules
07/12/2010
At its June 2010 meeting, the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure approved for publication proposed changes to the Federal Criminal and Bankruptcy rules and forms. The public comment period for the proposed changes ends on February 16, 2011.
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Appointment of U.S. District Judge
29/12/2010
Former United States Magistrate Judge Benita Pearson was sworn-in to serve as U.S. District Judge in Youngstown for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on December 29, 2010.
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CJA Panel Membership
21/01/2011
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio is currently accepting applications for membership on the CJA Panel.
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Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination Program
16/03/2011
Registration for the 2011 Phase Two Oral Examination administration is now open and will close on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. The exam will be scheduled during the week of July 11, 2011.
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Proposed Modifications to Local Civil Rules 16.4 - 16.10
04/04/2011
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, upon the recommendation of its Attorney Adivsory Group and its ADR Subcommittee, has tentatively adopted proposed modifications to the Local Civil Rules regarding Alternative Dispute Resolution (LR 16.4 through 16.10). Comments regarding the proposed changes will be accepted through June 3, 2011.
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Modifications to Local Civil Rule 83.7 and Local Criminal Rule 57.7
04/04/2011
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has adopted modifications to Local Civil Rule 83.7 and Local Criminal Rule 57.7 regarding Professional Conduct and Attorney Discipline, effective April 4, 2011.
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Public Notice: Reappointment of Magistrate Judge Kenneth S. McHargh, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
01/06/2011
The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Kenneth S. McHargh at Cleveland, Ohio is due to expire on February 29, 2012.
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Modifications to Local Civil Rules, Appendix B: Electronic Filing Policies and Procedures Manual
01/06/2011
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Electronic Filing Policies and Procedures Manual (Appendix B to the Local Civil Rules) has been updated to reflect that the maximum file size for documents submitted electronically has been increased from 5 megabytes to 15 megabytes (see revised Sections 5 and 15).
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Modifications to Local Civil Rule 83.1
24/06/2011
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has adopted modifications to Local Civil Rule 83.1 regarding Photography, Radio, and Television. Comments regarding the changes will be accepted through August 23, 2011..
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Modifications to Local Civil Rules Regarding Alternative Dispute Resolution (Local Rules 16.4 - 16.10)
01/08/2011
Modifications to Local Civil Rules Regarding Alternative Dispute Resolution (Local Rules 16.4 - 16.10)
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Magistrate Judge
24/08/2011
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Selects Magistrate Judge
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Proposed Amendments to Federal Rules Published for Comment
30/08/2011
The Judicial Conference Adivsory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, Criminal, and Evidence Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules. The proposed amendments are open to public comment through February 15, 2012.
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Request for Quote
13/09/2011
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio seeks to review the quotes of vendors to provide the purchase of sixteen (16) Vmware Vsphere Enterprise plus per Processor licenses.
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Request for Quote
13/09/2011
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio seeks to review the quotes of vendors to provide the purchase of three hundred (300) VMware View Enterprise licenses and three hundred (300) VMware View Premier upgrade licenses.
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Technical Modifications to Local Civil Rule 67.1 and Appendices D and E
14/09/2011
Technical modifications were made to Local Civil Rule 67.1 via General Order 2011-19 changing the Court's depository from Bank of America's Court On Line Banking System to the Administrative Office's Court Registry Investment System (CRIS) which invests in the Bureau of Public Debt's Federal Investment Program of Government Accounting Series (GAS) securities.
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PACER Fee Increase, Effective April 1, 2012
03/10/2011
An increase in the electronic public access (EPA) fee, from eight cents to 10 cents per page, will take effect April 1, 2012.
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Revised Civil Cover Sheet with New Nature of Suits
05/10/2011
The Civil Cover Sheet has been updated to include 7 new nature of suits approved by the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Courts. Thirteen nature of suits that are no longer needed have also been removed from the form.
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Judge Thomas F. Hogan Named Director of the Administrative Office
06/10/2011
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. announced today the appointment of Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan as the director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Hogan succeeds James C. Duff, who served five years as the chief administrative officer of the federal courts.
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Reappointment of Magistrate Judge Kenneth S. McHargh
24/10/2011
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has reappointed Magistrate Judge Kenneth S. McHargh to an additional eight-year term, effective March 1, 2012.
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Cameras in Court Pilot Project Now Has 70 Videos Online
24/10/2011
The federal judiciary's digital video pilot, which started in July, now has posted some 70 videos of various courtroom proceeding in eight separate cases. Of the more than 70 videos posted on the US Courts website, 61 of those videos are from the Northern District of Ohio. In addition, of the eight separate cases that are listed, two of those cases were from the Northern District of Ohio.
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Increases to the Miscellaneous Fee Schedule
25/10/2011
The District Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule will increase on November 1, 2011 for various services.
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Two New Offerings for the Judiciary's Public Access to Court Electronic Records Service
01/11/2011
The Public Access and Records Management Division (PARMD) has announced two new offerings for the judiciary’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records service: Free PACER Training Site and Mobile PACER Case Locator
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Opening of Attorney Lounge in the John F. Seiberling Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse - Akron, Ohio
07/11/2011
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio is pleased to announce the opening of an Attorney Lounge located on the B-3 Level of the John F. Seiberling Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, in Akron, Ohio. The Attorney Lounge is adjacent to to the cafeteria. Amenities of the lounge include a conference area, wireless access to attorneys admitted to practice in the district, telephones, a printer, scanner and copier.
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The Honorable George W. White
12/11/2011

The Honorable George W. White, Former Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, died on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at age 80.

Judge White was appointed to the District Court bench by President James Earl Carter in 1980. Judge White served as Chief Judge of the Court from February 10, 1995 to February 26, 1999 when he retired from the bench. Judge White later served as the first director of the Cleveland Browns Foundation, a philanthropic foundation.


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Changes to Federal Court Rules
05/12/2011

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence took effect December 1, 2011. Congress took no action after the changes were approved by the Supreme Court more than seven months earlier.


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Free Online PACER Training

A free-of-charge website offers training for the federal Judiciary's Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) service.  The site features data from real cases in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York filed over a six-month period in 2007.  The training site can be accessed via "What's New With PACER" on the PACER website home page, www.pacer.gov.  No registration is required, and a login and password are posted on the training site's Welcome Page.

Users can search the database to find cases to explore.  As searches are conducted, a transaction receipt display will explain what charge would have been accrued on the PACER service.  Reviewing the receipts will help users manage their PACER charges.

It is strongly recommended that the users of the training site also read the PACER Service Center User Manual.  And questions about using the training site can be posted to PACER customer service representatives at 800-676-6856 or pacer@psc.uscourts.gov

Because each federal court maintains its own version of the federal Judiciary's Case Mangement/Electronic Case Files syste, a court's "live" database may display information, selection of events, and choice of reports slightly differently from the training database.


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Interview of Judge Dan Aaron Polster and Judge Kenneth S. McHargh - STAR Program
07/12/2011

On Friday, December 2nd Judges Polster and McHargh were interviewed by WOIO reporter Harry Boomer regarding Cleveland's Successful Transitions-Accelerated Reentry (STAR) Program, which assists high risk offenders in reentering the Greater Cleveland Community. Watch the video here.


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GPO FDSys Online Pilot
06/01/2012

The Northern District of Ohio is now part of an online pilot conducted by the Government Printing Office (GPO) called FDsys (Federal Digital System) which provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.


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James M. Ashley and Thomas W.L. Ashley U. S. Courthouse
10/01/2012

The main entrance of the James M. Ashley and Thomas W.L. Ashley U. S. Courthouse, located in Toledo, has reopened following renovation. Visitors may now gain entrance to the building utilizing the entrance located on Spielbusch Avenue.


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Application for Appointment to the Criminal Justice Act Panel
30/01/2012

Attorneys wishing to be considered for membership on the CJA Panel who meet the eligibility requirements may submit an application no later than March 30, 2012.  


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PACER Fee Increase Effective April 1, 2012
23/03/2012

The Judicial Conference of the United States Courts has amended the Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule to increase the PACER Internet access fee from eight cents per page to ten cents per page and to raise the waiver from $10 to $15 in a quarterly billing cycle, effective April 1, 2012.


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Proposed Amendments to the Sixth Circuit Rules and Internal Operating Procedures
16/04/2012

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is proposing comprehensive amendments to the Sixth Circuit Rules and Internal Operating Procedures. Pursuant to 6 Cir. R. 47(a), all interested parties have the opportunity to register comments to the proposed changes.


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Miscellaneous Fee Schedule Changes
16/04/2012

At its March 2012 session, the Judicial Conference approved minor changes to the miscellaneous fee schedules for the district courts and Court of Federal Claims. 


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Notice of Solicitation for Contract Court Reporting Services Firm, Toledo, Ohio and Surrounding Vicinity
24/05/2012

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio seeks to enter into a contract with a court reporting firm in the Toledo vicinity (including Michigan based firms), to provide court reporting services as needed for two active judges, two senior judges and two magistrate judges at the courthouse located at 1716 Spielbusch Avenue, Toledo, Ohio.


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Appointment of U.S. District Judge
18/06/2012

Attorney Jeffrey J. Helmick was sworn in to serve as U.S. District Judge in Toledo for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on June 18, 2012.


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Amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure as Approved by the Supreme Court
12/06/2012

The U.S. Supreme Court has approved and transmitted to Congress amendments to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure that will take effect on December 1, 2012 unless Congress takes action to reject, modify or defer them.


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U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation Schedules Hearings in Cleveland
15/06/2012

The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has scheduled a hearing session to consider various matters on July 26, 2012 in the Ceremonial Courtroom (19A) of the Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse in Cleveland. Oral argument will commence at 9:30 a.m. Counsel presenting oral argument must be present at 8:00 a.m.


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Modifications to Local Civil Rules 3.1, 67.1 and 67.2
12/07/2012

Modifications were made to Local Civil Rule 3.1 regarding Assignment of Cases; Related Cases, Refiled, Dismissed and Remanded Cases. Technical modifications were made to Local Civil Rules 67.1 and 67.2 regarding Deposits and Disbursements.


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Court Re-entry / STAR Program
23/07/2012

The district's Court Re-entry / STAR program was the subject of a July 21, 2012 story in The Plain Dealer (Federal re-entry program puts judge and offender on same team: Margaret Bernstein). The STAR (Successful Transitions-Accelerated Reentry) Program is a collaboration between the Northern District of Ohio U.S. Pretrial Services and Probation Office and community resource providers to facilitate safe and successful reintegration of offenders into the community, through early assessment and planning.


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Pilot Project for Electronic Notice and Service of Pre-Sentence Reports in Criminal Cases
13/08/2012

The U.S. Pretrial Services and Probation Department and the Clerk's Office have been working on a pilot project to provide judges and attorneys with electronic access to pre-sentence reports in criminal cases through the CM/ECF system.


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Public Comment Period and Revamped Website Open
17/08/2012

The public comment period has opened for several proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, which govern litigation in the federal courts. The comment period closes February 15, 2013.


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Congress.gov Launches Beta
01/10/2012

The Library of Congress has announced the launch of Congress.gov, a new resource for United States legislative information.


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Electronic Notice & Service of Pre-Sentence Reports In All Criminal Cases
12/10/2012

The U.S. Pretrial Services and Probation Department and the Clerk’s Office have been working on a pilot project to provide judges and attorneys with electronic access to pre-sentence reports in criminal cases through the CM/ECF system. The pilot project is a success. Therefore, beginning Monday, October 15, 2012 electronic filing of pre-sentence reports will become standard in all criminal cases.


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Attorney Admission and Pro Hac Vice Fees Increased
17/12/2012

Effective January 1, 2013, the regular attorney admission fee will increase from $216 to $225 and the pro hac vice fee will increase from $100 to $120.


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Adoption of Local Civil Rule 16.3.1 and Technical Modification to Local Civil Rule 16.2, Effective January 1, 2013
21/12/2012

The Court adopted Local Civil Rule 16.3.1 regarding the Review of Decisions by the Commissioner of Social Security. A technical modification was made to Local Civil Rule 16.2 regarding Tracks and Evaluation of Cases.


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Chief Justice Roberts' Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary
03/01/2013

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has issued his "2012 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary," focusing on efforts by the federal courts to contain costs. To see the full report, visit this link at the U.S. Supreme Court website.


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Application for Appointment to the Criminal Justice Act Panel
19/02/2013

Attorneys wishing to be considered for membership on the CJA Panel who meet the eligibility requirements may submit an application no later than March 29, 2013. 


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CM/ECF Mobile Query Feature
25/02/2013

CM/ECF now offers a mobile query interface which provides optimized display on mobile devices.


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Amended Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule
29/03/2013

At its March 2013 session, the Judicial Conference amended the Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule for the appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. 


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Announcement of Administrative Fee
05/04/2013

Effective May 1, 2013, pursuant to Judicial Conference Policy, all federal district courts will begin charging a $50 administrative fee for filing a civil action, suit or proceeding in a district court, in addition to the $350 filing fee. The administrative fee does not apply to an application for a writ of habeas corpus or to persons granted in forma pauperis status under 28 U.S.C. § 1915. 


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Northern District of Ohio Adopts New Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis Form
28/05/2013

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has adopted a new form to be used when parties seek to proceed in forma pauperis.. All prior versions of the prior form should be discarded and no longer used. The new form is entitled "Application to Proceed without Prepaying Fees or Costs." It is available on the Court's web site and at the following link: http://www.ohnd.uscourts.gov/assets/Pro_Se/ApplicationIFP.pdf

 


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Mobile Query Functionality Available in CM/ECF
06/08/2013

CM/ECF now offers a new simplified interface that is optimized for mobile devices called Mobile Query.

Mobile Query is compatible with smart phones and other devices that access web applications. It is designed to work with both mobile and desktop browsers.


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RSS Feed for OHND Electronic Filings
06/08/2013

Real Simple Syndication (RSS) is a mechanism for delivering regularly changing web content to interested parties. RSS feeds are often used by news organizations, weather sites and bloggers to push, or syndicate, content to their readers.

The U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, has enabled an RSS feed for filings made in its CM/ECF electronic records system.  Users can stay up-to-date on case filings of interest to them in an efficient, cost-effective way via this RSS feed.


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Proposed Amendments to Bankruptcy and Civil Rules Posted for Public Comment
15/02/2014

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Civil Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment.  The public comment period ends February 15, 2014.


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WARNING: Bogus Phone Calls on Jury Service May Lead to Fraud
19/08/2013

In various parts of the United States, citizens are being targeted by phone calls and threatened with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service in federal or state courts.

 

In the calls, the threat of a fine for shirking jury service is used to coerce those called into providing confidential data, potentially leading to identity theft and fraud. These calls are not from real court officials.

 

Federal courts do not require anyone to provide any sensitive information in a telephone call. Most contact between a federal court and a prospective juror will be through the U.S. Mail, and any phone contact by real court officials will not include requests for social security numbers, credit card numbers, or any other sensitive information.

 

Jury duty is a vital civic responsibility and should be taken seriously by all citizens. However, it is a crime for anyone to falsely represent himself or herself as a federal court official. The federal judiciary takes seriously such an offense.

 

Persons receiving such a gelephone call should not provide the requested information, and should notify the Clerk of Court's office of the U.S. District Court in their area.


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Citing Emergency, Judiciary Cuts Fees for Court-Appointed Lawyers
23/08/2013

In an emergency move to preserve Federal Defender staffing in FY 2014, the Executive Committee of the Judical Conference of the United States has reduced hourly rates for court-appointed panel attorneys by $15 an hour.  Payments to panel attorneys for up to four weeks of work done in FY 2014 will be deferred to FY 2015.  An Aug. 16 letter described the moves as temporary and undesirable, but said they "are necessary to avoid permanent damage to the federal defender program."  Read the letter (pdf).

 


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Sixth Circuit Judicial Council Accepting Written Comments on Nominees
25/09/2013

The Sixth Circuit Judicial Council received applications from persons interested in appointment to the bankruptcy judge positions in the Northern District of Ohio at Akron and Toledo.

 

Comments will be accepted through October 15, 2013.

 

View Notice Here


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The Honorable John W. Potter
19/10/2013

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New Filing Requirement in Patent, Trademark and Copyright Cases
28/10/2013

The Northern District of Ohio has revised Local Rule 3.13 Commencement of Action by adding subsection (c) which requires that a party filing a complaint, amended complaint, counterclaim or any other pleading that adds a new patent, trademark or copyright to the dispute must file a form identifying the patent, trademark or copyright registration number(s). This information is needed by the Clerk's Office to fulfill its reporting requirements to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Copyright Office pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 290, 15 U.S.C. § 116 and 17 U.S.C. § 508.


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Update to Fee Schedule
01/12/2013

The following update to fees were established by the Judicial Conference and are effective December 1, 2013:

 

The retrieval of one case from archives was $53.00 and is increased to $64.00 for the retrieval of one box of records and $39.00 for the retrieval of each additional box per case.

 

USCA fee for the filing of a Notice of Appeal $455.00 will be $505.00.

 

Any payment returned or denied for insufficient funds is $53.00.


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25 Years Later, PACER, Electronic Filing Continue to Change Courts
09/12/2013

Twenty-five years ago, computers were hurtling America into the Information Age. From 1987 to 1989, the nation’s PC sales tripled, as consumers gained unprecedented power to process words, crunch numbers and print documents at home. The World Wide Web was still being invented, but early adopters were discovering personal email.

 

In federal courts, the revolution also was getting under way. Documents were still kept on paper, and law firm couriers lined up daily in clerk’s offices, waiting to pore through case files, but all that was about to change.

 

In September 1988, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved a new way of opening information to the public, through a service known as PACER—Public Access to Court Electronic Records.


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Adoption of Local Civil Rule 83.5(k) and Local Criminal Rules 57.5(k) and 32.2 Technical Modifications, Effective December 9, 2013
18/12/2013

The Court adopted technical modifications to Local Civil Rule 83.5(k) and Local Criminal Rule 57.5(k) regarding waiver of the attorney admissions fee. The Court also revised Local Criminal Rule 32.2 regarding presentence Reports and sentencing proceedings.


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Adoption of Local Civil Rule 23.1(c) and Appendix J Technical Modifications, Effective February 3, 2014
03/02/2014

The Court has adopted technical modifications to Local Civil Rule 23.1(c) regarding Class Action Determination and Appendix J regarding the Court's Pro Bono Civil Case Protocol.


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Naturalization Ceremony Becomes a Lesson in Citizenship
06/02/2014

A federal judge from the Northern District of Ohio held a recent naturalization ceremony at a Cleveland history museum, and in the process created a memorable event for two groups.


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Judiciary Restores Pay Rates for Panel Attorneys
13/02/2014

The hourly pay rates for lawyers who represent indigent defendants in federal criminal cases, which were temporarily reduced last year, have been restored, effective March 1, 2014. In an emergency move last August, the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States reduced the rates for court-appointed panel attorneys by $15 an hour. The Committee described the step as "undesirable," but "necessary to avoid permanent damage to the federal defender program."


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Telephone Interpreting Program: Access to Justice for All
26/02/2014

In a federal courtroom, a witness, who only speaks Foochow, provides testimony in a case where no one in the room speaks that language. In a preliminary hearing, a Spanish-speaking defendant responds to questions from the judge. In both instances, an interpreter bridging the language gap for the participants is miles away at the other end of a telephone.


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Warning! Arrest Warrant Scam
06/06/2014

Please be aware that members of the public from across the country have reported receiving fake warrants by fax or email saying a federal law enforcement officer or an attorney for the government wants to arrest them on charges such as money laundering, bank fraud, or missed jury duty. To avoid arrest, the warrant says, send money. Do not respond to such requests. It’s a scam.

The warrants may display a bogus logo of an unspecified “United States District Court,” a case number, and various charges. Typically, recipients are instructed to call a number to get a “settlement” or to wire money to avoid arrest.The warrant is phony. A valid warrant would not be served by fax or e-mail. It would be served in person by a U.S. Marshal or other law enforcement officer.

Anyone receiving a fake arrest warrant should contact the FBI or the district U.S. Marshals Office. If there is any question regarding the authenticity of a warrant, contact the your district court. Do not rely on the contact information Anyone demanding or obtaining money or anything of value while impersonating an officer or employee of the United States may be fined and/or imprisoned up to three years.


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Jury Scam
06/08/2014

Public Alert: New Juror Scam Seeks Personal Data

 

A new juror scam email, which fraudulently seeks personal information that could aid identity theft, has been reported in at least 14 federal court districts.

 

According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, citizens received emails claiming they had been selected for jury service and demanding that they return a form with such information as Social Security and driver's license numbers, date of birth, cell phone number, and mother's maiden name.

 

According to the email, anyone who failed to provide the information would be ordered to court to explain their failure, and could face fines and jail time. The email also falsely claimed that it was affiliated with eJuror, an online registration program used in about 80 U.S. court districts.

 

The email is fraudulent and has no connection to either the federal courts or to eJuror.


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From Coast to Coast, Judiciary Celebrates New Citizens
26/09/2014

What is it like to become an American citizen? Video clips from 16 federal courts show a unique day in which 8,500 immigrants were naturalized as part of a coast-to-coast celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The federal Judiciary conducted a total of 29 naturalizations Sept. 16-18, with more than 1,500 school students participating or observing.

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Justice and Legal Change on the Shores of Lake Erie: A History of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
09/07/2015

In 2009, the Court decided to undertake a written history project which would outline the major contributions made by the District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to the administration of justice in the United States.  The resulting book, Justice and Legal Change on the Shores of Lake Erie: A History of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, represents a culmination of the Court's work from the time of its inception in 1855 to the present day. 

 

For your convenience, you can purchase an electronic or hard copy directly from Ohio University Press or Amazon.


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Downtown Cleveland Partners Announce Traffic and Bus Changes During Renovation of Public Square
03/03/2015

Downtown Cleveland partners involved in the renovation of Public Square have announced the maintenance of traffic plan that outlines changes to traffic and transit routes during construction of the square, which will begin March 9.

 

During the renovation of Public Square, Ontario Street and Superior Avenue within the square will be closed to all traffic. The surrounding Public Square Roadways and Rockwell Avenue will offer access to bus traffic and local vehicular traffic only.

 

For the latest up-to-date information on the Public Square renovation, visit: http://www.downtowncleveland.com/


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2015 Annual Report
28/05/2015

The 2015 Annual Report for the Northern District of Ohio is now available. The report provides an update on the status of the Court and its significant projects and programs and includes brief memorials to Judge John W. Potter and Magistrate Judge James S. Gallas. Click here to view the report.

 


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Annual Assessment of the Civil and Criminal Dockets
27/05/2015

The Annual Assessment of the Civil and Criminal Dockets provides a statistical history of the civil, criminal and MDL case filings and closings in the Northern District of Ohio over the past 20 plus years. Click here to view the Annual Assessment.


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Maximum Credit Card Transaction Limit: $24,999.99
09/06/2015

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced that effective June 1, 2015, the maximum transaction limit for credit card payments accepted by the federal government shall be $24,999.99. An available electronic alternative for payments in excess of $24,999.99 is a wire transfer. More information is available at: http://tfm.fiscal.treasury.gov/v1/announc/a-14-04.html


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PACER Administrative Accounts for Consolidated Law Firm Billing and PACER Account Management
16/11/2015

The PACER Service Center (PSC) has developed the PACER Administrative Account (PAA), a consolidated billing and online account management process for groups such as law firms, financial organizations and educational or research institutions. For more information on establishing a PAA account for your firm, view the PAA User Manual (https://www.pacer.gov/documents/paausermanual.pdf) and visit the PACER Service Center web page for PACER Administrative Account Registration (https://www.pacer.gov/reg_firm.html).


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Court Scams Affect Citizens Nationwide
30/03/2016

Across the United States, individuals posing as federal court officials and U.S. Marshals are targeting citizens, threatening them with arrest unless they pay.
Learn about how to protect yourself against a scam.


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Selection of Magistrate Judges - Cleveland, Ohio
08/06/2016

Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, announced that two persons have been selected by the Court to serve eight-year terms as Magistrate Judges, subject to standard FBI and IRS investigations. Jonathan D. Greenberg, Esq., was selected to replace Magistrate Judge Nancy A. Vecchiarelli, who retires effective July 22, 2016. David A. Ruiz, Esq., was selected to replace Magistrate Judge Kenneth S. McHargh, who retires effective September 30, 2016.

 

Mr. Greenberg is a partner at Walter | Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio, where he is the Head of the Litigation Department. He has over 30 years of experience in both civil and criminal litigation, representing clients in business disputes, employment and education-related litigation, and white collar criminal defense allegations. He is also the Law Director and Prosecutor for the Village of Cuyahoga Heights, and Prosecutor for Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights and Valley View. He regularly serves as special counsel to municipalities for internal investigations, special prosecutions, and police matters.

 

Mr. Greenberg received his B.A. from Macalester College in 1980. He earned his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1983. He has been honored by Law & Politics magazine as an Ohio Super Lawyer in Employment.

 

Mr. Ruiz has 16 years of experience in both civil and criminal litigation. He is currently an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio where he has served since 2010. He has also handled some criminal prosecutions on behalf of the United States of America. Prior to joining the Office of the U.S. Attorney, Mr. Ruiz served in the Litigation Department of Calfee Halter & Griswold, LLP in Cleveland, Ohio for 7 years. Mr. Ruiz received his B.A. from The Ohio State University in 1997, where he also earned his J.D. in 2000. He was inducted into Kaleidoscope Magazine’s Cuarenta/Cuarenta “40 under 40" Class of 2006, honoring Hispanic leaders in Northeast Ohio for community service and achievements.

 

Judge Oliver said, “We are extremely pleased to have Jonathan Greenberg and David Ruiz join the court as Magistrate Judges. Both Jonathan and David have distinguished themselves as practitioners."

 

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has court locations in Cleveland, Akron, Toledo, and Youngstown and serves 5.9 million citizens in the 40 northern most counties in Ohio.

 


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U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Selects Chief Pretrial Services and Probation Officer
01/07/2016

Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, has announced the promotion of Assistant Deputy Chief United States Pretrial Services and Probation Officer Robin K. Grimes to Chief United States Pretrial Services and Probation Officer for the Northern District of Ohio. She will replace Chief United States Pretrial Services and Probation Officer Burton E. Maroney who will retire effective July 29, 2016. Ms. Grimes will be the first African American and first female to serve the District in this position. Judge Oliver said, “Ms. Grimes has demonstrated excellence in serving our Court and community. We are very pleased to promote her to this important position.”

 


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Passing of Senior Judge David A. Katz
26/07/2016

Solomon Oliver, Jr., Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, announced today the passing of Judge David A. Katz of Toledo, Ohio, who has served on that court for the last 21 years. He has served as a Senior Judge on the court since 2005. Judge Katz was appointed to the District Court by President William Jefferson Clinton in 1994, after a distinguished career in the practice of law, including serving as the Managing Partner of the Spengler, Nathanson Law Firm in Toledo. Judge Katz received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his law degree from the Ohio State University College of Law.

 

Chief Judge Oliver stated, “Judge Katz’s contribution to our court has been immeasurable. He came to the court with a keen sense of fairness and a very large dose of common sense. He could always be counted on. He was highly respected by the lawyers in the community. Though he had many strengths, one of his greatest was his ability to resolve complex cases involving multiple parties. As Chief Judge, I often sought and received his wise counsel. Every judge on our court highly valued David’s friendship. We will all miss him greatly.”

 

Judge Katz has been involved in a number of efforts, both locally and nationally, to improve the administration of justice. They include his service as past chair of the Committee on Audits and Administrative Accountability, a committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the governing body of the federal judiciary, which is chaired by the Chief Justice of the United States. Judge Katz has received numerous awards for his professional accomplishments, including from the Medical College of Ohio, the Toledo Bar Association, the Ohio State College of Law and the University of Toledo College of Law. He has also served on many boards in his community, including at St. Vincent Medical Center, Northwest Ohio Heart Center, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Zoo Foundation and the Mercy Health System--Northwest Region.

 

The flag will be flown at half staff at all of the courthouses in the Northern District of Ohio through Thursday. The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio extends to the 40 northernmost counties of the state, and holds court and has judicial officers in Toledo, Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown.


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Passing of Judge David D. Dowd, Jr.
04/08/2016

Solomon Oliver, Jr., Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, announced today the passing of Judge David D. Dowd, Jr. of Massillon, Ohio, who served on our court in Akron for more than thirty years. Judge Dowd was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982. He continued to hear and decide cases while serving as a Senior Judge on the court from 1996 until he retired in 2014. Prior to being appointed to the federal court, Judge Dowd served as a legal officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Army and had a distinguished career in Massillon, Ohio in private practice, in Stark County as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and as County Prosecuting Attorney, as a judge on the Fifth District Court of Appeals of Ohio and on the Ohio Supreme Court. Judge Dowd received his undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster and his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

 

Chief Judge Oliver stated, “To say that David Dowd will be sorely missed is an understatement. He was an outstanding judge and colleague. David set a high standard for judges and lawyers. He was a trusted friend and mentor to all of us who served on the court. He freely shared his thoughts and ideas about all aspects of judging and was always willing to take on an extra assignment if it would help the court. He was always well prepared, principled and fair, having the courage of his convictions. That is why the lawyers and parties who appeared before him, regardless of outcome, held him in such high esteem.”

 

In 1988, the Judicial Conference of the United States appointed Judge Dowd to a four-year term on the Board of the Federal Judicial Center. In 1990, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist appointed Judge Dowd to the Ad Hoc Committee on Asbestos Litigation, and in 1996 Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed Judge Dowd as one of five judges on the newly-created Alien Terrorist Removal Court (ATRC). Judge Dowd’s term on this court was subsequently extended. The ATRC was established by the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 as part of our country’s response to the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 and the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995. Judge Dowd served as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and in that capacity he also served as a liaison to the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence.

 

The flag will be flown at half staff at all of the courthouses in the Northern District of Ohio for three days, this Friday through Tuesday of next week. The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio extends to the 40 northernmost counties of the state, and holds court and has judicial officers in Toledo, Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown.


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Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment - August 2016
12/08/2016

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms and have asked that they be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The proposed amendments and the advisory committees’ reports explaining the proposed changes are posted on the Judiciary’s website at: http://www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/proposed-amendments-published-public-comment. The information is posted in a printable format for those who prefer hard copy documents. The public comment period ends February 15, 2017.


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ACS Northeast Ohio Chapter, Cleveland-Marshall Student Chapter, the Federal Bar Association, and the Cleveland Marshall College of Law Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection
08/09/2016

Join the ACS Northeast Ohio Chapter and the Cleveland-Marshall Student Chapter, the Federal Bar Association,and the Cleveland Marshall College of Law Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection for an analysis of the legal framework undergirding civil liberties and privacy rights in a society where far-reaching technology is an increasingly prevalent part of our lives. We will also discuss how privacy rights and national security interests must be balanced and the future implications of the Apple iPhone dispute and what we can glean from it about this ever-changing area of law.


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Modifications to Local Criminal Rules 6.1(b), Local Civil Rule 3.10 and Local Criminal Rule 57.17, and Local Criminal Rule 32.2
01/09/2016

Modifications to Local Criminal Rule 6.1(b) regarding Grand Jury Practice, Local Civil Rule 3.10 and Local Criminal Rule 57.17 regarding the Miscellaneous Docket, and Local Criminal Rule 32.2 regarding Time Limits on PSRs and Sentencing Memoranda.


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Constitution Day 2016: New Citizens to Take Oath at Iconic Sites
12/09/2016

Students will participate in real-life civics lessons at naturalization ceremonies scheduled at National Park Service sites and other, iconic places from Ellis Island to Pearl Harbor, in celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on Friday, September 16. Some ceremonies, including the Ellis Island naturalization, can be viewed by livestream starting at 10:45 a.m. EDT on September 16 from uscourts.gov.

 


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Changes to the Fee Schedule
14/11/2016

Please take notice that the Judicial Conference of the United States has approved inflationary adjustments to District Court fees. These changes will become effective December 1, 2016. Click here to view the changes to the Fee Schedule.


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Elimination of Three-Day Rule - Changes to Local Civil Rule 7.1 and Appendix B ¶ 14
01/12/2016

To conform with the “Three-Day Rule” amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Civil, Criminal, and Bankruptcy Procedures which take effect on December 1, 2016, the Judges of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio approved amendments to Local Rule 7.1 and Appendix B ¶ 14. The amendments remove the extra three days to act after service by electronic means under FRCP 5(b)(2)(E).


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