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SEPTEMBER 24, 2021

Former Supreme Court Counsel Passes Away

Image of a man wearing a sweater vest sitting at a table smiling with his hands folded in front of himJohn “Jack” Dilenschneider, a prominent bankruptcy judge and attorney who also served as counsel for the Ohio Supreme Court, has died at age 89.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

Inspiring Young Lawyers is Focus of Professionalism Series

The Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism has launched a video series to educate lawyers – especially junior attorneys – on the tenets of professionalism in the modern age.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2021

Court Asks for Public Comment on Rules of Superintendence

The Ohio Supreme Court will accept public comment on proposed changes to the Rules of Superintendence governing modernization, efficiency, and delivery methods of state courts.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2021

Public Comment Sought on Proposed Rules Changes

The Ohio Supreme Court will accept public comment on proposed amendments for the annual update to the Rules of Practice and Procedure. Several of the proposals intend to modernize courts and maximize the use of technology.

Victims of Attorney Theft Awarded $415,391

The Board of Commissioners of the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection recently awarded $415,391 to 11 victims of attorney theft.


SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

Man Who Scheduled Fistfight and Shot Rival Can Be Retried for Aggravated Murder

A Hamilton County man who shot and killed his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend can be retried for aggravated murder, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today, because an appeals court improperly invalidated the jury’s verdict by substituting its own opinion about what the evidence showed.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

Hospital Executive Unable to Serve as Expert Witness

A physician employed in an executive position who does not directly oversee physicians treating patients does not meet the requirements to testify as an expert witness in a medical malpractice lawsuit, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

Hamilton County Natural Gas Pipeline Project Approved

The Ohio Supreme Court today approved construction of a 14-mile natural gas pipeline through Hamilton County, rejecting objections from city officials in Reading and Blue Ash and those of a citizen’s group.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2021

Suspended Columbus Attorney Caught Practicing Law Now Disbarred

The Ohio Supreme Court today disbarred a Columbus attorney for representing multiple clients with conflicting interests, practicing law while under suspension, and failing to cooperate in a disciplinary investigation.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

Cincinnati Billboard Tax Violates the First Amendment

The Ohio Supreme Court today permanently enjoined the city of Cincinnati from enforcing an excise tax on billboard advertising imposed in 2018 to help close a $2.5 million city budget deficit, holding that it violated the billboard operators’ First Amendment rights.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

Court Had No Obligation to Determine if Couple’s Attorney Had Conflict of Interest

A Cuyahoga County trial court had no obligation to question whether the attorney jointly representing a husband and wife pleading guilty to drug-related charges had a conflict of interest, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021

Crime Victim Seeks Reimbursement of Lost Wages

Prosecutors and victim rights advocates join a county prosecutor in arguing that the right to restitution in a 2017 constitutional amendment includes wages lost when victims attend court proceedings.

AUGUST 31, 2021

Opioid Distributor Turns to Insurance Company for Protection against Government Lawsuits

Faced with thousands of lawsuits from local governments responding to the opioid epidemic, the makers, distributors, and suppliers of prescription painkillers have turned to their business insurance providers for help.

AUGUST 19, 2021

Assisting Inmate’s Attempt to Oust Prosecutor Brings UPL Charge

A Newark woman committed the unauthorized practice of law when she offered legal advice and assistance to an Ohio prison inmate on a quest to have the Licking County prosecutor removed from office, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.


SPETEMBER 23, 2021

Former Justice Andy Douglas Passes Away

Image is of the late Justice Andy Douglas in his judicial robeFormer Justice Andy Douglas, the 139th justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, passed away today at age 89. Justice Douglas served three terms on the Court, from 1985 to 2002.


Twelfth District Judge Hears Supreme Court Case

Image of a male judge wearing a black judicial robe and a mask on the bench in the courtroom of the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial CenterTwelfth District Court of Appeals Judge Robin Piper III served as a visiting jurist on the Ohio Supreme Court for oral arguments today.


Evictions, Bail, COVID Emphasized in State of the Judiciary

Image of Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor standing at a podium, with a blue curtain in the backgroundWith the delta variant causing spikes in illnesses across the state, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor continued to stress COVID public health recommendations for court operations during her annual State of the Judiciary address.


Judges Appointed to Noble, Union County Benches

Two judgeships have been filled following the passing of one jurist and the resignation of another.

AUGUST 6, 2021

Fairfield Judge Reelected to National Mental Health Board

Image of Judge Joyce Campbell standing at a podium in front of a blue curtain with a podium sign that says NAMIFairfield Municipal Court Judge Joyce Campbell will continue her work among the nation’s leaders in enhancing mental health awareness, standards, and access to treatment.

AUGUST 5, 2021

Franklin County Juvenile Judge Appointed

Image is a headshot photo of Judge-Appointee Dana Preisse in her black judicial robeA former Franklin County drug court judge, Dana S. Preisse, was appointed today to a seat on the county bench where she served for 24 years.

JULY 28, 2021

Butler County Judge Appointed

Image is of judge-designate  Courtney Caparella-Kraemer sitting in a leather chair at a desk, wearing a dark suit and orange blouseA Liberty Township attorney was appointed to the bench of the Butler County Court #1 today.

JULY 27, 2021

Justice Admonishes ‘Sentencing by Ambush’

Image is a head shot of Justice Donnelly in a dark suit jacket, white dress shirt, and dark tieAn Ohio Supreme Court justice is seeking reforms to plea deal processes, which he says are full of unknowns for defendants, who often surrender their constitutional rights.