Do I have to file this motion before trial or after trial. I plan to appeal. And I need time. I don't think I can get this all done in the 14 days they give you when judgment is entered.
Ohio appellate rule 7
I am not an Ohio attorney but if this is anything like Virginia, DC, or MD, you file the Motion for Stay of Execution after the judgment has been entered.
Check your local appeal procedures, but appeal is probably a multi-step process with several deadlines longer than fourteen days. I don't think you would need to draft a full appeal and the motion for stay in just two weeks. Consult the Ohio rules and an Ohio attorney familiar with appeals.
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You should have a motion for stay ready to go at the time of trial. It isn't absolutely necessary, but it increases your chances that the motion for stay will be granted.
If it is denied, you can re-file the motion to stay contemporaneously with your notice of appeal in the Court of Appeals.