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09/12/2014   The Court has issued a general order with regards to defendants who may be eligible for resentencing pursuant to USSG Sections 1B1.10, 2D1.1 and 2D1.11. General Order 14-04 sets for the Procedures for the Implementation of the Retroactive Amendment to the Sentencing Guidelines Regarding Drug Sentences.

09/05/2014   The court has issued two general orders with regards to defendants who may be eligible for resentencing pursuant to USSG Sections 1B1.10, 2D1.1 and 2D1.11. General Order 14-02 appoints Southern District of Ohio Federal Public Defender and General Order 14-03 reassigns appropriate Judge John D. Holschuh cases to the Clerk for reassignment.

08/20/2014   An employment opportunity with the Court has been posted for the position of Clerk of Court.
08/05/2014   An employment opportunity with the Court has been posted for the position of Human Resources Assistant.


Juror Scam Alert – Please Read. Please be aware that a number of federal district courts around the country report that citizens in their districts are being targeted by a juror "phishing" email. "Phishing" scams are attempts by hackers or other unauthorized individuals to request personal information, usually for use in identify theft or other illegal endeavors.

The request looks convincingly official. It asks for personal information such as a social security number, date of birth, mother's maiden name, etc. A PDF form is attached to the message. Recipients are asked to provide the personal information in the form and email it back to the originator.

This type of request is not a legitimate message from a United States District Court!!

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio never requests that personal identification information be delivered in an email response. Any legitimate request by this Court for information is initiated by formal written correspondence requesting a response either to the official mail address for the Court or by accessing the official Court website at www.ohsd.uscourts.gov or at http://jury.ohsd.uscourts.gov.

Jury Scam Letter | U.S. Courts Announcement

Should you receive a suspicious email like that described above, please do not respond. Instead, please contact the Clerk of Court's Office immediately.


The Local Civil and Criminal Rules have been amended effective May 1, 2014.

Local Rules as amended May 1, 2014
General Order 14-01 re: Adoption of Local Rules

3/24/2014   At their meeting on March 21, 2014, the District Judges approved amending the Local Rules to read as is shown at the following link: Local Rules for Public comment. The proposed Rules are posted in red-lined format to show changes which are almost all stylistic. (A thorough-going style revision is proposed to make the Rules consistent.) The Rules are posted for comment as required by the Rules Enabling Act. Please send any comments to Magistrate Judge Michael Merz, the secretary of the Rules committee, at michael_merz@ohsd.uscourts.gov. Unless further amended after comments are received, the amended Rules will become effective May 1, 2014.

3/5/2014   A Criminal Justice Act plan has been approved by the Sixth Circuit Judicial Council effective February 21, 2014. CJA Plan

3/1/2014   Rate Increase for Capital and Non-Capital Cases
2/13/2014   Effective immediately, attorneys may use their credit card for the payment of case/document related fees when filing the documents in CM/ECF. However, the payment of the new case filing fee online still requires completion of the On-Line Attorney Case Opening Training. (click here to go to training module)

1/23/2014   Public Alert: Scam Emails About Phony Court Cases Carry Computer Virus

Fraud Alert!

Please be alert to a new scam, potentially involving federal district courts, where a fictitious arrest warrant on a fictitious criminal charge is sent to an individual, offering a chance to avoid arrest by providing payment of a specific amount of money. While this scam may be more prevalent in state and county courts, this particular scam has been reported to have occurred in the Western District of New York within the last two weeks. Any person who suspects that they have received a fictitious document from federal district court should report this to the Clerk's Office of the U.S. District Court in their area.

BOGUS COMMUNICATIONS REGARDING JURY SERVICE - Recently the clerk’s office has received reports from area citizens who have received phone calls, e-mail messages or text messages concerning jury service.  The calls or messages report that the citizen’s name is listed on a Web site for failing to appear for jury duty or the threat of a fine for failure to appear. These calls or messages are hoaxes.

Jury Scam Letter | AO Video regarding jury Scam

    Court policy regarding Electronic Availability of Transcripts can be accessed here (pdf) or in the Forms section.
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