Are you looking for a private and expedited decision for your case?
Private Judging is often seen as a way to achieve a relatively fast decision in a case by an experienced retired judge. Since 1984, Ohio Revised Code 2701.10 has allowed retired judges to serve as private judges in Ohio courts for civil cases. The statute authorizes that retired judges “shall have all of the powers, duties, and authority of an active judge of the court in which the action is pending.” [See R.C. 2701.10 (C)]
The parties must mutually agree to refer the case to a private judge. To accomplish this, all the parties need to do is enter into a written agreement with the retired judge that describes the specific issue or question to be submitted. The parties must also agree to assume the responsibility to provide facilities needed by the retired judge for the proceeding and agree to compensate the retired judge for his or her services.
The private judge is not allowed to hear jury trials; however, all decisions of a private judge are subject to appeal. [See R.C 2701.10 (D)]
When the courts are backlogged, this is a worthwhile option for parties to explore if they prefer a faster decision from the court.