Eyajan v. Nesco Resources

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[Cite as Eyajan v. Nesco Resources, 2018-Ohio-5333.] IN THE COURT OF APPEALS ELEVENTH APPELLATE DISTRICT LAKE COUNTY, OHIO SHEILA M. EYAJAN, Plaintiff-Appellant, : MEMORANDUM OPINION : CASE NO. 2018-L-137 - vs - : NESCO RESOURCES, et al., Defendants-Appellees. : : Civil Appeal from the Court of Common Pleas, Case No. 2017 CV 000109. Judgment: Appeal dismissed. Sheila M. Eyajan, pro se, 10106 Station Road, P.O. Box 790, Northeast, PA 16428 (Plaintiff- Appellant). Christopher John Shaw, 1487 Belle Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107 (For Defendants, Appellees). CYNTHIA WESTCOTT RICE, J. {¶1} Appellant, Sheila M. Eyajan, filed a pro se appeal from an entry of the Lake County Court of Common Pleas. {¶2} App.R. 3(A) expressly states that the only jurisdictional requirement for filing a valid appeal is to file it within the time allowed by App.R. 4. The Supreme Court has held that the failure to comply with the time requirements of App.R. 4(A) is a jurisdictional defect, which is fatal to an appeal. In re H.F., 120 Ohio St.3d 499, 2008-Ohio-6810, ¶ 17, citing State ex rel. Pendell v. Adams Cty. Bd. of Elections, 40 Ohio St.3d 58, 60 (1988). {¶3} “Subject to the provisions of App.R. 4(A)(3), a party who wishes to appeal from an order that is final upon its entry shall file the notice of appeal required by App.R. 3 within 30 days of that entry.” See App.R. 4(A)(1). Civ.R. 58(B) directs the clerk of courts to serve the parties with notice of the entry within three days of entering the judgment upon the journal. If Civ.R. 58(B) service does not occur within three days, the time to appeal does not begin to run until service is made and noted in the appearance docket. Coles v. Lawyers Title Ins. Corp., 163 Ohio App.3d 659, 664, 2005-Ohio-5360. {¶4} Here, the record shows the trial court issued its entry on October 31, 2018. The clerk of courts noted on the appearance docket that copies were issued to the parties on November 1, 2018. Since service was made on appellant within the three-day period required in Civ.R. 58(B), the thirty-day period began to run on the date of entry of judgment, i.e. October 31, 2018. The deadline for appellant to file her appeal was November 30, 2018, which was not a holiday or a weekend. Thus, appellant’s December 3, 2018 notice of appeal was untimely filed. {¶5} This court is not empowered to extend the time deadline in civil cases. Pendell, supra, at 60; see also App.R. 14(B). {¶6} Based upon the foregoing, this appeal is hereby sua sponte dismissed pursuant to App.R. 4(A)(1). THOMAS R. WRIGHT, P.J., DIANE V. GRENDELL, J., concur. 2