Legal Resource Center

Representing yourself?  In 2006, Judge Kovack established the Legal Resource Center, a place where people representing themselves can access legal forms, books and other legal resources to guide you through the legal process.

Helping you understand the law

  • WHO: The Legal Resource Center is staffed by volunteer lawyers.
  • WHAT: The volunteer lawyers may answer procedural and technical questions, like “which forms do I need” and “can I attach additional pages to my separation agreement.”  Questions that are specific to your case cannot be answered. These include questions like “how much spousal support will I likely get,” “what should I do,” and “do I have a good argument.”  Information about Legal Aid, the Medina County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service and other community resources will also be made available.
  • WHEN: The Legal Resource Center is available from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. every Tuesday, and alternating Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: Tuesday morning sessions are held at the courthouse, 99 Public Square, 2nd Floor, Medina, Ohio  44256.  Thursday evening sessions are held at various libraries throughout Medina County.
    • Please call 330-725-9742 to confirm attorney availability BEFORE coming to Court.
    • Please check the Medina County District Library to confirm the library location and availability.
  • WHY: The Legal Resource Center is not a substitute for the advice a competent attorney. It is meant to be a resource for people who represent themselves because they cannot afford lawyers.

 

Helping you understand how the Court works

  • If you would like the Court to consider something or order a particular result, you must bring it to the Court’s attention by preparing and filing a written motion.
  • The Court cannot and will not consider or act upon telephone calls, emails or letters.
A ‘motion’ is another word for a request.  Typically, a motion includes a request for relief (e.g., reduction in child support), and an explanation as to why the relief sought is appropriate (e.g., involuntary job loss makes it difficult to afford the current child support obligation).
  • You must file your motion, along with Instructions for Service of your motion, with the Medina County Clerk of Court, Domestic Relations Division, which is located at 99 Public Square, 2nd Floor, Medina, Ohio.
  • Depending on the type of motion you file, you may be required to pay a filing fee at the time you file your motion.
  • Motions/documents that contain highly sensitive matters (e.g., birth certificates, drug test results, guardian ad litem reports, tax returns, pay stubs, etc.) should not be filed with the Clerk of Courts, but should be submitted to the Court’s confidential file.
  • Once the other party has been served, you are obligated, pursuant to Ohio Civil Rule 5(B), to provide a copy of all other motions/notices/documents that are filed to all other parties/attorneys in your case.
  • Unless your motion is an emergency or you request an expedited hearing, you will have a pretrial scheduled within 2 months from the date you filed the motion.
  • Depending on the type of motion you file (e.g., contempt, modification of custody or modification of child support), the Court will hear and resolve your motion in 6-9 months.
Courtroom Etiquette:

  • You must show proper respect to the Court and to all Court personnel.
  • You must remain quiet and be attentive in Court.
  • You should speak only when asked a question or when given an opportunity to speak.
  • You should wear formal or semi-formal attire to Court.
  • You should not wear hats, shorts, sandals, tank tops, miniskirts, tube tops, torn jeans, t-shirts, etc.
  • You must remove all facial piercings before coming to Court.
  • You must be punctual and arrive to Court on time.

Procedure:

  • The Court will hear your case, but cannot tell you how to prepare and/or what to present.
  • If your case is not presented according to the Rules of Evidence/Rules of Civil Procedure/Local Rules, the Court may never hear your side of the story.
  • Because this is such a complicated process that requires extensive legal knowledge, you may wish to consult an attorney.

NOTE: The Court cannot and does not give legal advice.  If your question cannot be answered by the volunteer lawyers, you should seek the advice of a licensed, practicing attorney.


WHEN: The Legal Resource Center is available from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. every Tuesday, and alternating Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Tuesday morning sessions are held at the courthouse, 99 Public Square, 2nd Floor, Medina, Ohio  44256.  Thursday evening sessions are held at various libraries throughout Medina County.

  • Please call 330-725-9742 to confirm attorney availability BEFORE coming to Court.
  • Please check the Medina County District Library to confirm the library location and availability.