Ohio Rule 53 governs the authority of magistrates, the rules that they must follow, etc.
Below is a link to the Ohio Legal Services and an explanation of Rule 53.
After a hearing or trial run by a magistrate, the magistrate must decision. Believe it or not, the magistrate has no deadline for writing this decision.
However, you may wish to file a Motion with the Judge to Determine a Date Certain for a Written Decision by the Magistrate in a Hearing in your matter held on xxxx Date. In the Motion (which must be in the same format as any other pleading in your divorce action) you should emphasize the date of the hearing and that to date, the Magistrate has failed, neglected and/or refused to render a written decision in your matter. You can also state in your motion that the Magistrate has had MORE THAN REASONABLE time to write the decision. You may also allege that it is in the best interests of the children that a decision be rendered in a timely manner (and list those reasons). In your prayer for relief, you may wish to ask the Court to determine why the magistrate has failed to render a written decision, ask the court to set a date by which a written decision must be rendered, ask for court costs for having to file the Motion and ask for any other relief that may be just and equitable.
Again, the Magistrate has NO deadline for writing a decision, but a reasonable time has passed such that a decision should have been rendered. The judge MIGHT deny your Motion, but s/he may also grant it. In any case, you will have brought the problem to the Judge's attention. You may not be the only one who has been waiting a long period of time to receive a written decision from this particular magistrate. Remember, it is the Judge who appoints the magistrate. If this is a prevalent problem, the judge may choose not to appoint this same lawyer as a magistrate again.
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