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  • Domestic Relations RNC UPDATE
  • Judge Diane M. Palos hosted a discussion on April 21, 2016 at the Domestic Relations Court for delegates from India through the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. The topic was “Best Practices in Reducing Gender-Based Violence.” The discussion included the role of the court in domestic violence petitions, sentencing for offenders and rehabilitation programs. Supervisor of the Domestic Violence Department, Monica Christofferson, participated in the discussion.

  •   Revisions have been made to Local Rule 24 and are effective as of 4/01/2016.


    Click here to read more about the nominations.

    The following individuals were selected from the nominees for their leadership and innovation in the profession, participation in mentoring and/or diversity initiatives, involvement in non-profit, civic, volunteer or pro bono activities and their commitment to professionalism.

    The Public Sector Nominees:
    The Honorable Diane M. Palos, Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court
    Ann M. Porath, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
    Carole S. Rendon, United States Attorney’s Office

    Congratulations to Ann M. Porath of The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, the Public Sector Winner!! 


    Click here to watch a video from this year’s New Magistrate Orientation featuring Judge Diane M. Palos. The training is presented by the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College. Below is an excerpt of an article in Court News Ohio.

    Transitioning from the bar to the bench can be challenging, which is why nearly 40 new magistrates attended a three-day orientation course. Judge Palos is the Chair of the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College Board of Trustees and a frequent presenter at Judicial College Education, including New Magistrate Orientation.

    When interviewed, Judge Palos said “[I]t’s really important that we commit to our people … to educate them.”
  • NOTICE:  Effective February 15, 2016 the southeast (Lakeside Ave.) entrance/exit ramp to the Huntington Park Garage (HPG) located behind the Cuyahoga County Courthouse will be closed for renovation.  The southwest (Lakeside Ave.) entrance/exit​ will close on February 22, 2016.  These closures will be in effect until September 30, 2016. The entrance/exit off W. 3rd St. is the only entrance/exit that will remain open.  In addition, the surface lot above the HPG will be completely closed.  Daily parking will be very limited.
    Parties and their legal representatives should plan to arrive early for court hearings to allow enough time to park.  

  • Judges Gold, Celebrezze, and Goldberg, and Magistrate Ergun participated in a panel discussion on January 20, 2016, to delegates from the Middle East and North Africa through the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.  The topic was “Rule of Law and Judicial Reform” and the guests, most of whom were lawyers and judges, were from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Tunisia.  The forum was held at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and was hosted by the Women in the Law Section.








      • NOTICE:  CONFIDENTIAL FAMILY FILE RULE IN EFFECT. Click here for information about Supreme Court of Ohio Rule of Superintendence Rule 44.



      • NOTICE:  Local Rule 35 (Guardian ad litem) has been modified effective 12/01/2015.  Under the modified rule, guardians ad litem will be compensated at the rate of $150.00 per hour, and the cash bond will be no less than $1,500.00. 



      • NOTICE:  Effective January 4, 2016, all copies purchased from the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts' Offices will be 3 cents per page.  Certified copies will be $1.00 per page.     

      • The Ohio Supreme Court recently released the Task Force on Access to Justice Report. Judge Rosemary Grdina Gold and Judge Diane M. Palos were Task Force members. Click here to see a Summary of the Report  


      • Local Rule 27 is modified commencing April 1, 2015. The change is of a technical nature as to the filing of transcripts for Objections and conforms to existing statutory authority. Click here to see new Local Rule 27

        In addition to this change, commencing April 1, 2015, the Judges of the Domestic Relations Court have increased the cost per page for transcripts as follows:

        $4.50 per page for transcripts ordered by a party or an attorney;

        $5.50 per page for expedited transcripts; and

        $6.50 per page for overnight transcripts.


      • Local Rule 37 is modified commencing April 1, 2015.  The change is of a technical nature to incorporate Civil Rule 65.1 into the existing Local Rule.


       The Domestic Relations Court is offering a pamphlet on Divorce and Stress Guidance.  Click here to see Divorce and Stress Pamphlet.pdf



      • Education Network for Divorcing Families (Beech Brook) is the preferred Court approved parenting education course for the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court. For Spanish-speaking parents and those living out of state only, an alternate parenting education course is available. Information pertaining to these parent education programs can be found on the Court's website under Parenting Services, Parenting Education. Attendance at any other parent education course (whether in person or on-line) is permitted only at the discretion of and with the approval of the assigned judge. Approval must be sought by a motion filed with the Clerk of Court explaining the reasons for the request. Failure to obtain prior approval may result in an order requiring the parent to attend a Court approved course before a judgment of divorce, dissolution or legal separation is entered. 


      •  To comply with Federal Law which prohibits information on Domestic Violence cases being posted on the internet, all information on Domestic Violence cases is being removed from the Clerk of Court public website. To obtain  information, attorneys and litigants can telephone the Clerk of Court at the General Docketing number:   (216) 443-7955