Ex Parte Communications (Letter and other communications with the Judge)
An Ex Parte Communication is some form of communication including, but not limited to verbal, written, or electronic, with a Judge assigned to an active case about some aspect of the case. The term "ex parte" is a Latin phrase which means "of or from a side or party". To insure fairness and equal treatment, Judges are not allowed by the Rules of Ethics to receive Ex parte Communication from anyone regarding a pending case assigned to the Judge.
Judges are not permitted to receive evidence outside the Courtroom. All evidence must be presented in the Courtroom with both sides having an opportunity to be present. This insures that the Judge does not hear evidence selected by one side without the other side having an opportunity to dispute or explain the evidence.
If you are a victim or a witness in a case and have relevant information that you feel needs to be presented to the Court, then you need to contact the Prosecutor's office handling the case on behalf of the State of Ohio.
If you are an interested citizen who feels you have relevant information that Judge should know about the case, the defendant, or a witness, then you should contact the Prosecutor's office handling the case on behalf of the State of Ohio. If the information is favorable to the defendant's case, then you should contact defendant's attorney with the information.
Any communication received by the Court that is not signed or does not contain a return address will be destroyed.
The Judge's job is to be impartial and make his/her decisions based on the facts presented pursuant to the Rules of Evidence.