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All employees and visitors in the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center MUST wear facial coverings inside the building. This mandate is effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice.

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OCTOBER 20, 2021

Supreme Court Adopts Child Welfare Law Specialization

The Ohio Supreme Court has adopted amendments that will add “Child Welfare Law” to the fields of law subject to specialization designation in Ohio

OCTOBER 19, 2021

Judicial Candidates Required to View Conduct Seminar

Image of the round blue and tan logo of the Ohio Board of Professional ConductThe Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced the schedule of judicial campaign conduct seminars for candidates seeking judicial office in 2022. 

OCTOBER 15, 2021

Disciplinary Counsel to Host Inaugural Trust Accounting School

Image of a claculator and pen laying on top of a paper listing expensesThe Office of Disciplinary Counsel is offering a unique seminar for attorneys on the proper handling and accounting of client funds.

OCTOBER 14, 2021

CLE Commission Sanctions 146 Attorneys for Noncompliance

The Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Continuing Legal Education has issued sanctions for 146 attorneys who failed to comply with their CLE requirements.


OCTOBER 21, 2021

Violent-Offender Registration Duties Can Be Imposed Retroactively

A 2019 state law requiring certain felons to register as violent offenders can be imposed on those who committed their crimes before the law took effect, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

OCTOBER 20, 2021

Second Indefinite Suspension Imposed on Attorney Who Neglected Clients

A Cincinnati attorney who provided legal assistance to a client while under suspension received a second indefinite suspension from the Ohio Supreme Court today.

OCTOBER 19, 2021

Court to Hear Six Appeals at Two-Day Off-Site Session in Akron

The Ohio Supreme Court will hold two days of oral arguments next week outside of its Columbus home as part of a civic education program for students.

Ohio’s Execution Protocol Valid without Going through Rulemaking

Ohio’s existing execution protocol to carry out death sentences by lethal injection can be applied without the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) submitting it through the state’s formal rulemaking procedures, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

OCTOBER 14, 2021

Regulator Improperly Granted Approval for FirstEnergy-Affiliate to Operate

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) improperly allowed First Energy Advisors to begin operations without first determining that the company was fit and capable of complying with Ohio law, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

OCTOBER 7, 2021

Death Penalty Affirmed for Lawrence County Man Who Confessed to Murders

The Ohio Supreme Court today affirmed the conviction and death sentence of a Lawrence County man who confessed to killing his cousin, her 8-year-old son, and two other family members.

OCTOBER 6, 2021

Insurance Doesn’t Cover Nightclub’s Sewer Damage

“Sewage” is included under an insurance policy exclusion that prevents coverage for damage caused by “water that backs up or overflows from a sewer,” the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

OCTOBER 5, 2021

Closed Online School Cannot Challenge Order to Repay State $60 Million

The State Board of Education’s decision that a defunct online community school must return $60 million because it inflated enrollment figures is final and cannot be appealed, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

Mom’s Cocaine Conviction Vacated for State’s Failure to Establish Venue

The mere presence of cocaine in a woman’s system at the time that she gave birth in a Seneca County hospital was not sufficient to charge her with felony cocaine possession in Seneca County, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.


OCTOBER 21, 2021

Ohio Voters to Select Nearly 50 Municipal Court Judges

Image shows 5 round, red, white and blue buttons that say Vote. Photo credit: iStock/Moussa81Early voting is underway in Ohio ahead of the Nov. 2 general election when voters in 23 Ohio counties will elect 47 judges for municipal court.

OCTOBER 14, 2021

Long-Serving Harrison County Judge Passes Away

Image is a black and white head-shot photo of a smiling Judge BeethamThe longest-serving county court judge in Harrison County has died.

OCTOBER 12, 2021

Court Mourns Passing of Common Pleas Judges Days Apart

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court has a sizable void following the passing of two sitting jurists.

Judge Jones Remembered as ‘Quintessential Public Servant’

Image of the late Judge Larry Jones in his black judicial robeA judge who served northeastern Ohio citizens in multiple roles across four decades has passed away.

OCTOBER 7, 2021

Reflections from the Bench, Episode 6: Late Justice James Celebrezze

Justice Patrick F. Fischer interviews the late, former Justice James Celebrezze in the sixth episode of “Reflections from the Bench.”

OCTOBER 1, 2021

Justice Stewart Receives Distinguished Legal Award

Image of Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart standing next to a priest and a silver, framed award on an easelOhio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart was honored by the Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland on Friday for her contributions to the legal profession.

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.