Cheryl L. Byrd, Plaintiff-Appellant,
Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, Defendant-Appellee.
from the Court of Claims of Ohio No. 2016-00520
Byrd, pro se.
Michael DeWine, Ohio Attorney General, and Emily S. Tapocsi,
1} Plaintiff-appellant, Cheryl L. Byrd, appeals a
November 29, 2016 entry of the Court of Claims of Ohio
dismissing her complaint. When the Court of Claims sua sponte
dismissed the Fairfield County Child Support Enforcement
Agency ("FCCSEA") and substituted
defendant-appellee, Ohio Department of Job and Family
Services ("ODJFS"), it erred in subsequently
dismissing Byrd's complaint for lack of jurisdiction over
a county agency. ODJFS's timely response to Byrd's
complaint made Byrd's motion for default inapposite. We
reverse in part and affirm in part the Court of Claims'
decision and remand for proceedings consistent with this
FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
2} On July 6, 2016, Byrd sued "Job & family
services, Fairfield County CSEA" in the Court of Claims.
(July 6, 2016 Compl. at 1.) Her complaint was essentially a
16-chapter single-spaced prose-like statement detailing
Byrd's attempts to collect child support and alleged
abuses by persons "involved from the Judge down to the
Case Worker for an eleven year period." Id. at
2, in passim. Byrd sought damages in the amount of "A
Roughly estimated Salary for All parties involved from the
Judge down to the Case Worker, " which Byrd estimated at
$1, 000, 000. Id. at 2.
3} A day after Byrd filed her complaint, a
magistrate of the Court of Claims ordered the FCCSEA
dismissed as a party and the case recaptioned as solely
against ODJFS. (July 7, 2016 Mag. Order.) The docket reflects
a copy of the complaint was sent by certified mail by the
Court of ...