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Proposed Rule Amendments Filed with General Assembly, Published for Comment

The Ohio Supreme Court has filed proposed rule amendments regarding practice and procedure in Ohio’s courts with the Ohio General Assembly. The Supreme Court is also publishing the rules for an additional round of public comment following an initial period of comment in September 2015.

The rules that were filed with the General Assembly follow the Court’s review of proposals submitted to it by its Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure. The changes would amend various aspects of the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure, the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Ohio Rules of Juvenile Procedure, and the Ohio Rules of Evidence.

The following proposed rule amendments were filed and published: Civil Rule 4.1, Civil Rule 4.2, Civil Rule5, Civil Rule 10, Civil Rule 19.1, Civil Rule65.1, Criminal Rule 16, Evidence Rule 601, and Evidence Rule 803. Text changes have been made to the following rules: Civil Rule 4.4, Civil Rule 37, Civil Rule54, and Juvenile Rule 20.

The proposed amendments are available online.

Comments should be submitted in writing to:

Michael Farley, Judicial & Legislative Affairs Counsel
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street, 7th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431
or by email to

Comments must be received no later than Feb. 18, 2016. Please include your full name and regular mailing address in any comment submitted by email.

According to the Ohio Constitution, proposed amendments to the Rules of Practice and Procedure in Ohio Courts have to be filed with the General Assembly by Jan. 15, 2016. The Supreme Court can revise and file the amendments with the General Assembly before May 1, 2016. The amendments would take effect on July 1, 2016, unless the General Assembly adopts a concurrent resolution of disapproval before that date.

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