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Proposed Changes to Ohio Court Case Processing Time Standards

Time standards for court cases are under review by the Ohio Supreme Court.

A proposal by the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Case Management would change, and in some cases establish, the disposition time allowed under Rule 39 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio in nearly all types of trial and appeals court cases.

An example of the changes:

Case Type Current Standard Recommended Standard
Appeals Court Original Actions 100 percent in 180 days 95 percent in 480 days 75 percent in 320 days
Common Pleas Court Criminal Case 100 percent in 180 days 95 percent in 270 days 75 percent in 180 days
Common Pleas Court Guardianships Of Minors None 95 percent in 180 days (decision on application)
Municipal and County Court Felonies (Preliminary Hearings Only) 100 percent in 30 days 95 percent in 60 days

The new standards were selected after examining national model standards and considering comments from judges and court officials to establish a reasonable set of expectations for the courts, for lawyers, and for the public.

Written public comment will be accepted for 90 days until the close of business on May 16, and should be addressed to:

Tasha Ruth
Case Management Section Manager
Ohio Supreme Court
65 South Front Street, 6th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431

Include your full name and regular mailing address in any comment submitted by email.

The Case Management Section will make a final recommendation to the Supreme Court after the public comment period. The Court will then decide what action, if any, should be taken.

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