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SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

Conduct Board Announces October Disciplinary Hearings

Image of the Board of Professional Conduct logoThe Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced October disciplinary hearings involving attorneys.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

Conviction Integrity Task Force Holds First Meeting

The new Ohio Task Force on Conviction Integrity and Postconviction Review held its first session last week.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

Court Enacts New Uniform Domestic Relations and Juvenile Forms

The Ohio Supreme Court has enacted new uniform Domestic Relations and Juvenile forms, effective today. These forms were developed to help self-represented litigants access the justice system and are widely used by parties, attorneys, and local courts around the state.

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

Court Need Not Instruct Jury to Consider Lesser Charge in Child Murder Case

A woman convicted of felony murder for killing a 5-year-old girl while trying to discipline her was not entitled to have a jury consider a lesser charge of reckless homicide, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

Lucas County Judge Sanctioned for Interfering in Another Judge’s Case

The Ohio Supreme Court today issued a fully stayed six-month suspension to Lucas County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael R. Goulding for interfering in a case assigned to another judge in order to do a favor for a friend.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

Death Penalty Upheld for Kentucky Man Who Killed Ex-Girlfriend on Ohio Highway

Image of a prison inmateThe Ohio Supreme Court today affirmed the death penalty for a Kentucky man who kidnapped and killed his ex-girlfriend on Interstate 75 in Ohio after murdering her 17-year-old son in her Mayfield, Kentucky, home.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

Court Clarifies Rule on Admissibility of ‘Other-Acts’ Evidence

In two criminal cases, the Ohio Supreme Court today clarified the standards under which a prosecutor may introduce evidence of a defendant's prior bad acts in a trial for a new crime.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

Utility Regulator Lacked Jurisdiction to Consider Meter-Reading Error

Because Duke Energy was not acting as a “public utility” when managing the meter of an electric supplier to a large southwestern Ohio industrial customer, state regulators lacked jurisdiction to find Duke provided inadequate service when meter data was miscalculated, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

Put-in-Bay’s Tax on Rental Vehicles Constitutional

Image of two women in a golf cart (iStock/Remanz)The island village of Put-in-Bay’s fee on rental vehicles ranging from bicycles to trolleys does not violate the Ohio Constitution, and businesses that offer vehicle rentals must pay the city fee, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

‘Grateful’ O’Donnell Memorialized with Court Portrait

For months, the coronavirus pandemic has kept people from gathering inside the Ohio Supreme Court. This week, though, members of the Court and guests safely convened to honor a former justice.

SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Chief Justice O’Connor Issues Statement on Justice Ginsburg

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Supreme Court of Ohio released the following statement tonight on the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Chief Justice Discusses Judicial Elections, Courts in Toledo Address

The expansion of court technology during the pandemic and the need for more Ohioans to vote in judicial elections were the main topics when Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor addressed “Legislative Day 2020” with the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

Court Tries Eye Exams as Drug-Testing Alternative

Image of a human eye showing the area of the retina that is scanned using retinal scanning technologyA northwest Ohio court is experimenting with an unconventional drug-screening method in an effort to cut thousands of dollars spent annually on tests for illegal substances.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor Issues Statement On Judicial ‘Attack’

Image of Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'ConnorChief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Supreme Court of Ohio issued the following statement today:
I condemn in the strongest possible terms both the statement released by the Ohio Republican Party on September 15, 2020, and its unsigned authors.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

State of Judiciary: Perseverance, Progression Paramount in Age of COVID-19, Social Reform

Like seemingly all events in 2020, the annual State of the Judiciary address was different.
But the coronavirus didn’t stop Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor from delivering an inspiring message to Ohio judges remotely.

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

Conduct Board Announces October Disciplinary Hearings

Image of the Board of Professional Conduct logoThe Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced October disciplinary hearings involving attorneys.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

Conviction Integrity Task Force Holds First Meeting

The new Ohio Task Force on Conviction Integrity and Postconviction Review held its first session last week.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

Court Enacts New Uniform Domestic Relations and Juvenile Forms

The Ohio Supreme Court has enacted new uniform Domestic Relations and Juvenile forms, effective today. These forms were developed to help self-represented litigants access the justice system and are widely used by parties, attorneys, and local courts around the state.