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Judicial Candidates: Required Seminar Dates Announced

Ohio Judicial candidates who seek election in 2016 must attend a campaign practices seminar and will have their first opportunity to satisfy this requirement on Dec. 3.

The Ohio Supreme Court Board of Professional Conduct has scheduled six seminars for judicial candidates. Those wanting to run for judicial office next year, including incumbent judges, have to attend one of the seminars as set forth by Rule 4.2(A)(4) of the Code of Judicial Conduct.

The free, two-hour program covers the ethics rules governing political and campaign activity by judicial candidates. The seminar includes information about campaign conduct, standards, communications, solicitations and contributions, and campaign finance reporting and disclaimers.

“The judicial campaign seminars foster a greater understanding of and compliance with the requirements of the Code of Judicial Conduct that are applicable to judicial candidates,” Rick Dove, board director, said. “The seminar presentations focus on rules that are unique to judicial campaigns, and address questions that frequently are asked by judicial candidates.”

The Dec. 3 session will occur in conjunction with the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association meeting, but Dove noted that it’s open to all 2016 candidates. Judicial candidates are encouraged to bring their campaign chairperson, volunteers, and treasurer to the seminar they attend.

All Ohio judges are elected to six-year terms. In 2016, there will be elections for the Ohio Supreme Court, appeals courts, common pleas courts, and county courts.

Contact the Judicial College at 614.387.9445 for more information or questions.

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