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NOVEMBER 25, 2020

Handle with CARES: Court Uses Federal Funds to Expand Community Support

Many people individually have felt the benefit of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. One Ohio court utilized some of the governmental assistance to positively impact thousands of others.

NOVEMBER 24, 2020

Chief Justice Applauds 1,026 Ohio Attorneys Who Served as Poll Workers

Image of two women sitting at a table, facing another women behind a plexiglass barrier.Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor’s call for attorneys to volunteer during the pandemic-impacted elections resulted in 1,026 lawyers seeing duty as poll workers on Nov. 3, according to figures released today by the Ohio secretary of state.

NOVEMBER 23, 2020

Acclaim, Awards Grow for Ohio Drug Courts Documentary

Image of a woman standing in the courtroom of the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center holding two trophiesA documentary depicting the struggles and successes of Ohio drug courts earned a regional Emmy and also a Gold Telly Award, the highest honor for excellence for a film produced in the public interest.

Supreme Court Counters COVID with Innovation for Its Biggest Event

With a need more than ever for specialty courts to connect amid isolation, the Ohio Supreme Court’s biggest annual event has been converted from a two-day conference to two months of educational programming.

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NOVEMBER 24, 2020

Video of Judge Shooting Must Be Released By Jefferson County

Video from an exterior Jefferson County Courthouse security camera that captured the shooting of a judge is not a “security record” and must be released to the Associated Press, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

NOVEMBER 13, 2020

Court of Claims: State Health Department Must Release Hospital Records

Image of a hospital emergency entrance sign (iStock/MJFelt)The Ohio Court of Claims has ordered the state health department to release hospital data about daily bed capacity, medical supplies, and staffing levels during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

NOVEMBER 12, 2020

City Does Not Qualify as ‘Victim’ under Voter-Approved Victim’s Rights Law

Centerville, which sought $1,375.56 in payroll losses from the maker of a false active shooter report, is not a “victim” under the voter-approved Marsy’s Law and is not entitled to restitution, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

Court Decides Utility Cases from Delaware, Harrison Counties

The Ohio Supreme Court today decided two disputes regarding public utilities, including claims about which natural gas company can provide distribution service to a large housing development in southern Delaware County and whether a common pleas court is the proper forum to challenge an electric company’s decision to spray herbicide to kill vegetation near a power line in Harrison County.

NOVEMBER 10, 2020

Rape Sentence Cannot Be Increased Without Jury Considering Use or Threat of Force

A Hamilton County man’s prison sentence of 25 years to life for rape based on compelling a child victim to submit by force violated the man’s constitutional rights because the trial court, not the jury, determined force was used, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

Kindergartner Bullying Case: Toledo Educators Cannot Be Sued

Toledo educators did not act with a “perverse disregard of a known risk” when one kindergartner allegedly punctured the face of another with a pencil, and the injured child’s parents cannot sue the staff for failing to address alleged bullying, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

NOVEMBER 9, 2020

Court of Claims: University Police Files and Title IX Investigation Ruled Public Records

Image of 3 rows of standing, white file foldersCertain police and college records related to a former University of Cincinnati student who is a sex offender and was honored by the university are public records that must be released, the Ohio Court of Claims has ordered.

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NOVEMBER 24, 2020

Chief Justice Receives Trial Advocates’ Award for Pandemic Leadership

Image of Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor holding the award.When the pandemic hit Ohio, Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor spearheaded guidance to local courts to keep operating remotely and transferred $6 million from the Court’s budget to remote technology grants.

NOVEMBER 12, 2020

Project ECHO Connects Judges, Medical Pros in Opioid Fight

Image of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge John M. DurkinThe Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative – eight states including Ohio fighting the opioid crisis together – is rolling out Project ECHO.

NOVEMBER 10, 2020

Veterans Courts Extend Service Honor beyond Veterans Day

The United States designates every Nov. 11 to commemorate the millions of men and women who served in the military, and Ohio’s veterans treatment courts reflect even greater gratitude of past service members beyond Veterans Day.

NOVEMBER 5, 2020

New Bench Cards Address Sign and Foreign Language Interpreting Via Remote Technology

Image of a woman wearing a headset microphone sitting in front of a computer (iStock/fizkes)The Ohio Supreme Court’s Language Services Program has unveiled new bench cards to help courts working with sign, foreign language, video, and telephonic interpreters during the pandemic.

NOVEMBER 4, 2020

Judicial Elections Bring Turnover at All Levels

Ohio’s 2020 judicial elections results show turnover at all levels, with 22 incumbents failing to retain their seats.

NOVEMBER 2, 2020

Domestic Violence Courts Contend with Social Distancing Challenges

As a focus of one of Ohio’s most specific specialized dockets, 2020 has been especially difficult for specialty courts dealing with intimate partner violence as well as offenders, who often struggle with substance use and mental health issues.

OCTOBER 30, 2020

Further Jury Trial Tolling Deemed ‘Case-by-Case’

Image of Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor speaking from behind a podiumWith the recent spike in Covid-19 cases and the need to minimize in-person contacts, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor reminded Ohio’s judges that they  have the authority to continue jury and bench trials for defendants on a case-by-case basis if certain conditions are met.

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NOVEMBER 25, 2020

Handle with CARES: Court Uses Federal Funds to Expand Community Support

Many people individually have felt the benefit of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. One Ohio court utilized some of the governmental assistance to positively impact thousands of others.

NOVEMBER 24, 2020

Chief Justice Applauds 1,026 Ohio Attorneys Who Served as Poll Workers

Image of two women sitting at a table, facing another women behind a plexiglass barrier.Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor’s call for attorneys to volunteer during the pandemic-impacted elections resulted in 1,026 lawyers seeing duty as poll workers on Nov. 3, according to figures released today by the Ohio secretary of state.

NOVEMBER 23, 2020

Acclaim, Awards Grow for Ohio Drug Courts Documentary