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Chapter 2
Administration of the Court
Rule 2.01
Presiding Judge and Administrative Judge

A.        The position of Presiding Judge shall be elected by a majority vote of the judges of the Court of Common Pleas.

B.        The position of Administrative Judge shall be elected by a majority vote of the judges of the General Division of the Court of Common Pleas.

C.        A minimum of monthly meetings shall be scheduled by the Administrative
Judge of the General Division to discuss and act upon administrative and procedural matters of the General Division.

D.        Each judge shall have the responsibility for case management and docket control of cases assigned to that judge.

Rule 2.02
Conciliation Judge

It is determined that social conditions and the number of domestic relations cases render the conciliation procedures provided for in Revised Code Chapter 3117 necessary for proper consideration of such cases, or to effectuate conciliation of marital controversies.

For the purpose of implementing R.C. 3117.02 and consideration of motions for conciliation under R.C. 3105.091, unless otherwise ordered, each judge shall serve as Conciliation Judge as follows:

Even Numbered Years:

The Judge of Courtroom One shall serve as Conciliation Judge for Courtroom Two.
The Judge of Courtroom Two shall serve as Conciliation Judge for Courtroom Four.
The Judge of Courtroom Four shall serve as Conciliation Judge for Courtroom One.
Odd Numbered Years:

The Judge of Courtroom One shall serve as Conciliation Judge for Courtroom Four.
The Judge of Courtroom Two shall serve as Conciliation Judge for Courtroom One.

The Judge of Courtroom Four shall serve as Conciliation Judge for Courtroom Two.
Rule 2.03
Grand Jury Judge

The Administrative Judge, pursuant to Crim. R. 6, shall designate a judge of the General Division of the Court to serve as Grand Jury Judge.  The assignment of the Grand Jury Judge shall be rotated among the judges, and each assignment shall be for a term of three or four months.

Each year the judges shall determine the term of each grand jury, three or four months.

It shall be the responsibility of the Grand Jury Judge to hear any matters involving a defendant bound over but not yet indicted.
Rule 2.04
Term and Hours of Court

A.     The term of Court for the General Division shall be a calendar year with the Court being in a continuous session commencing January 1st of each such calendar year.

B.     Except for those days designated by law as legal holidays, normal Court hours shall be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, subject to change at the discretion of each judge to meet special situations.
Rule 2.05
Court Security

A.     Appropriate levels of security should exist in the Court to protect the integrity of Court procedures, protect the rights of individuals before it, deter those who would take violent action against the Court or litigants, sustain the proper decorum and dignity of the Court, and assure that Court facilities are secure for all those who visit and work there.

B.     Pursuant to Rule 9 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio:
        1.     The Court has appointed a local security advisory committee, consisting of one representative of each of the following groups: judges, law enforcement responsible for court security, commissioners, and other bar and community groups as deemed appropriate by the Court.

        2.     The Court has implemented a local security policy and procedure plan that has addressed the Ohio Court Security Standards adopted by the Supreme Court of Ohio on October 17, 1994.

C.     The Court shall adopt a security operations manual, which manual shall set forth written directives for the purpose of ensuring security within the Court while maintaining accessibility to the community.
Rule 2.06
Weapons Prohibited

A.     No person, with the exception of those persons listed on section B of this
rule, may convey or attempt to convey, possess or have under his or her control a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance in the Wood County Courthouse or in another building or structure in which a Wood County Courtroom is located.  This prohibition includes those persons licensed to carry a concealed weapon pursuant to R.C. 2923.125 or 2923.1213.

B.     The following persons are permitted to convey, possess, or have under
their control a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance in the Wood County Courthouse or in another building or structure in which a Wood County Courthouse is located:

        1.     A judge or magistrate of a court of record in Ohio.

        2.     A peace officer who is authorized to carry a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance, who possesses that weapon or ordnance as a requirement of that peace officer’s individual duties, and who is acting within the scope of his or her duties at the time of possession or control.

        3.     A person who conveys, or attempts to convey, possesses or has under his or her control a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance that is to be used as evidence in a pending criminal or civil action or proceeding.

        4.     A bailiff of the court or court constable authorized to carry a firearm by R.C. 109.77 who possesses or has under his or her control a firearm as a requirement of his or her duties and who is acting within the scope of his or her duties at the time of possession.

        5.     A prosecutor appointed by a county prosecuting attorney, who is authorized to carry a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance in the performance of his or her duties, who possesses or has under his or her control a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance as a requirement of his or her duties, and who is acting within the scope of his or her duties at the time of possession or control.

C.     This courthouse does not provide the service of securing handguns, except to authorized law enforcement personnel.