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Byrd v. Ohio Department of Job & Family Services

Court of Appeals of Ohio, Tenth District

April 24, 2018

Cheryl L. Byrd, Plaintiff-Appellant,
v.
Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, Defendant-Appellee.

          APPEAL from the Court of Claims of Ohio No. 2016-00520

         On brief:

          Cheryl Byrd, pro se.

         Argued:

          Cheryl Byrd.

         On brief:

          Michael DeWine, Ohio Attorney General, and Emily S. Tapocsi, for appellee.

         Argued:

          Emily S. Tapocsi.

          DECISION

          BRUNNER, J.

         {¶ 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 decision.

         I. 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 ...


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