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Randall Nelson v. Christina R. Koester

October 27, 2011

RANDALL NELSON PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT
v.
CHRISTINA R. KOESTER DEFENDANT-APPELLEE



Civil Appeal from the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Relations Division Case No. DR-335134

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kenneth A. Rocco, J.

Cite as Nelson v. Koester,

JOURNAL ENTRY AND OPINION

JUDGMENT:

AFFIRMED

BEFORE: Rocco, J., Boyle, P.J., and Keough, J.

{¶1} In this appeal, brought upon the accelerated calendar pursuant to App.R. 11.1 and Loc.App.R. 11.1, plaintiff-appellant, Randall Nelson ("appellant"), appeals the trial court's decision overruling his objections and adopting the magistrate's decision denying his petition for a domestic violence civil protection order. For the following reasons, we affirm.

{¶2} On February 3, 2011, appellant filed a petition for a domestic violence civil protection order against defendant-appellee, Christina Koester ("appellee"). After the court denied appellant an ex parte temporary protection order, a hearing was held on February 17, 2011. The appellant appeared pro se and appellee failed to appear despite notice.

{¶3} After the hearing, the magistrate issued her decision on February 22, 2011, denying appellant's petition for a domestic violence civil protection order. On March 2, 2011, appellant filed objections to the magistrate's decision and submitted an affidavit in lieu of a transcript of proceedings. On April 7, 2011, the trial court issued a judgment entry overruling the appellant's objections and adopting the magistrate's decision in its entirety.

{¶4} Appellant now appeals and presents the following assignment of error for our review:

{¶5} "The trial court erred when it did not take into consideration the affidavit that the petitioner filed in lieu of the transcript of the full-hearing when he made his objections to the magistrates [sic] decision."

{¶6} In his sole assignment of error, appellant argues that the trial court erred in failing to consider his affidavit in lieu of a transcript when overruling his objections and adopting the magistrate's decision. We disagree.

{¶7} Civ.R. 53(D)(3)(b)(iii) provides that objections to a magistrate's factual finding "shall be supported by a transcript of all the evidence submitted to the magistrate relevant to that finding or an affidavit of that evidence if a transcript is not available." The transcript of appellant's hearing was unavailable for purposes of the rule because appellant claims to be indigent and unable to afford it. See Gumins v. Ohio Dept. of Rehab. & Corr., Franklin App. No. 10AP-941, 2011-Ohio-3314, ¶10. Therefore, Civ.R. 53(D)(3)(b)(iii) mandates that appellant's objections be supported by an affidavit of evidence. "An affidavit under that rule must contain a description of all the relevant evidence, not just the evidence deemed relevant by the party objecting to the magistrate's findings." Gumins, supra at ¶13.

{¶8} In this case, appellant's affidavit was not sufficient under Civ.R. 53(D)(3)(b)(iii). The affidavit presented only the evidence appellant considered important even though the rule requires that the affidavit describe all the relevant evidence presented at the hearing. When comparing appellant's affidavit with the magistrate's factual findings, it is apparent the affidavit omits evidence. See Gumins, supra at ¶13. Accordingly, appellant's affidavit fails to meet the requirements of Civ.R. 53 and could properly be rejected as a basis of support for appellant's objections. Nonetheless, there is nothing in appellant's affidavit that ...


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