2935.18 Form of warrant, summons or notice.

A warrant, summons, or notice of a peace officer shall either contain a copy of the affidavit or recite the substance of the accusation. A warrant shall be directed to a specific officer or to a department designated by its chief, and shall command such officer or member of department to take the accused and bring the accused forthwith before the magistrate or court issuing such warrant to be dealt with according to law. A summons shall be directed to the officer or department, and shall command the officer or department to notify the accused by serving a copy of such summons upon the accused. The following form of warrant is sufficient:

"The State of Ohio,

. . . . . . . . . .County, ss:

To the Sheriff (other Officer):

Greetings:

Whereas there has been filed with me an affidavit of which the following is a copy (here copy) or the substance, (here set forth the substance, omitting formal parts). These are therefore to command you to take the said E.F., if E.F. is found in your county, or if E.F. is not found in your county, that you pursue after E.F. in any other county in this state and take and safely keep the said E.F. so that you have E.F. forthwith before me or some other magistrate of said county to answer the said complaint and be further dealt with according to law.

Given under my hand this ....... day of ........, .....

A.B., Judge of................Court

Clerk of.........................Court"

The following form of summons is sufficient:

"The State of Ohio, . . . . . . . . . . . . County, ss:

To the Bailiff or . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Constable:

Whereas there has been filed before me an Affidavit (Complaint) of which the following is a copy (here copy) or the substance (here set forth the substance, omitting formal parts). You are commanded to summon one said E.F. to appear before me on the ...... day of ......, ....., at ...... o'clock, .... M., at ...... Building, ....., Ohio, to answer to said charge.

You will make due return of this summons forthwith upon service.

A.B., Judge of................Court

Clerk of.........................Court"

Cite as R.C. § 2935.18

History. Effective Date: 05-09-2000