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Judge Nicastro created the Magistrate Internship Program by Court Order in May 2021. The purpose of the Magistrate Internship Program is to

  • Provide a diverse judiciary for the Court which is reflective of the Court’s diverse constituency.
  • Expand the opportunities for attorneys of diverse backgrounds, education, and experience to participate in the judiciary.
  • Educate and train attorneys interested in joining the judiciary as future judges and full-time magistrates.

Qualifications The minimum qualifications for the applicants are:

  • Be engaged in the active practice of law in Ohio for a minimum of four years and be in good standing with the Ohio Supreme Court.
  • Be proficient with remote hearing technology and on-line filing procedures at
  • Be able to comply with the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct without conflicts.
  • Be punctual for all hearings and be able to meet all court deadlines.
  • Be competent in the areas of law for the types of cases to which the intern is assigned.

Requirements Participants in the Program shall

  • Serve for two (2) years without monetary compensation or public employment benefits as volunteers.
  • Be registered by the Presiding Judge as magistrates with the Ohio Supreme Court.
  • Be trained by the Presiding Judge and Chief Magistrate in Court philosophy, procedure, and relevant law.
  • Join the Ohio Association of Magistrates (”OAM”) with dues being paid by the Court.
  • Serve at the discretion of the Presiding Judge who may terminate or modify service at any time.
  • Comply with all requirements of the Ohio Supreme Court, which may be modified from time to time but are currently as follows:
    • Register annually with the Supreme Court.
    • Complete 40 hours of continuing legal education, including 10 hours of instruction through courses offered by the Ohio Judicial College, every two years.
    • Must complete the New Magistrate’s Orientation Program through the Ohio Judicial College.
    • Participate in a one-year mentoring program as part of the Orientation Program.
    • Complete an annual financial disclosure statement with the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct.
    • Comply with the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct.

Apply Submit the Application to and Reference Magistrate Internship.