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Rule 5
TRIAL ATTORNEY


5.01 NOTIFICATION

It shall be the duty of any attorney upon accepting representation of a defendant in any civil, criminal or domestic matter to immediately notify the Court of such representation, even though their appearance may not as yet have been entered in the case.

5.02 DESIGNATION AND RESPONSIBILITY

Unless otherwise ordered, in all actions filed in this Court, all parties not appearing in propria persona shall be represented of record by a trial attorney who is a member of the Bar of Ohio. Thereafter, until such designation is changed by order of the court, upon motion, said trial attorney shall be responsible for the action and shall attend all hearings and conferences and the trial.

5.03 SIGNING OF PLEADINGS

All pleadings filed on behalf of any party represented by counsel shall be signed by one attorney in their individual name as the trial attorney referred to in Section 5.02 of this rule, followed by the designation "Trial Attorney" together with their typed name, attorney registration number, their office address, zip code, telephone number and the area code. Firm names and the names of co-counsel or associate counsel may appear on the pleadings for information as "of counsel".

5.04 NOTICES

All notices and communications from the Court with respect to an action will be sent to the trial attorneys. They shall be responsible for notifying their co-counsel or associated counsel and the parties they represent of all matters affecting the action.

5.05 PARTICIPATION BY CO-COUNSEL

Any attorney who is a member of the Bar of Ohio or authorized by the trial Court may be permitted to appear and participate as co-counsel, upon motion of the trial attorney for any party.

5.06 WITHDRAWAL OF TRIAL ATTORNEY

No trial attorney shall be permitted to withdraw from an action at any time later than twenty days in advance of trial or the setting of a hearing on any motion for judgment or dismissal. An earlier withdrawal shall be permitted only:

(A) Upon motion with the written consent of their clients and the entry of appearance of a substitute trial attorney, or

(B) Upon motion and showing of a good cause with the consent of the Court and upon such terms as the Court shall impose.

5.07 OUT-OF-STATE ATTORNEYS

An attorney not licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio, but who is duly licensed in any other state or the District of Columbia, may apply for pro hac vice admission pursuant to Gov. Bar Rule 12.