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Thanks for your question. Note, there no written time limit. However, judges are requested to rule as quickly as possible. However, other matters often get in their way. Specifically, a small claims judge hears other matters as well and may be now involved in a multi month trial that started after he heard your case. Also, sometimes, small claims cases are heard by attorneys who volunteer to hear cases. And they have their own practice and can get sidetracked. Likewise, none of these are good excuses but the reality of the judicial process. Finally, I recommend not calling the court for at least six months from the date of the hearing. This is because, every time you call, and the case is pulled, sometimes it now gets put back into the bottom of the pile. As a result, you actually hurt your case by further delaying it being processed. Thanks for understanding.
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How long is long enough, one year, five years? How to approach after six months? I get the impression the judge was also friends with this family.
As I mentioned, I would wait six months-, not longer. After that, if you still have not heard, you can file a complaint with the State of Ohio Judicial Bar who will review your complaint and investigate on your behalf. Likewise, the State Judicial Bar can impose disciplinary sanctions against the Judge. Needless to say, the threat of such sanctions will surely get the judge's attention.
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