The purpose of the Magistrate classification is to serve as advisor on legal policies and procedures, serve as hearing officer in a variety of types of trials and hearings, prepare and approve legal documents, and execute judicial functions of the court.
Prepares for and presides over contested and uncontested hearings and trials; reviews case files; conducts research/review of pertinent statutes, rules and recent rulings that have bearing on current case; meets with attorneys to explore possibilities of settlement; ensures that trial proceeds in orderly manner, all parties are treated fairly, and constitutional safeguards and evidentiary boundaries are respected.
Interacts with deputy clerks, attorneys, their representatives, and parties to cases; provides information on status of cases; assists customers with updates on their cases and information on statutes to reference to proceed with their cases; provides direction regarding probate documents and packets; reviews items brought to Probate office and determines viability or suitability of documents of filings; processes small, or “no administration” estates; reviews and approves a variety of applications.
Drafts decisions arising out of hearings; reviews notes and recordings taken during hearing; conducts legal research.
Performs miscellaneous judicial and administrative functions in support of Probate Court objectives; reviews and signs psychiatric commitment affidavits received by the psychiatric department to determine justification; provides clarification of legal matters for court staff; supervises interns and externs; reviews and approves or denies expenditure of funds.
Minimum Qualifications Juris Doctorate with four years of legal experience Valid license to practice law in Ohio is required
Preferred Qualifications Six years legal experience as practicing attorney or equivalent. Two to four years probate experience Strong writing skills
Supervisory Responsibilities Ability to assign, review, plan, and coordinate the work of other employees, to provide instruction to other employees, to maintain department standards, to recommend the coaching, discipline or discharge of other employees, to act on employee problems, and to recommend and approve the transfer, promotion, or salary increase of other employees.
About Franklin County Probate Court
Robert G. Montgomery is the Judge and Clerk of the Franklin County Probate Court. This Court of Common Pleas Judgeship is an elected position with a six year term. As the Clerk of the Probate Court, the Judge is responsible for keeping and maintaining all records and filings in the Probate Court.