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Court Adopts Rules to Increase Pro Hac Vice Attorney Fees and Add a Voluntary Fee

Revenue to Help Fund Civil Legal Aid Services

The Ohio Supreme Court has adopted amendments to the Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio that will increase attorney fees to help fund legal aid services. It becomes effective on July 1.

Pro hac vice registration fees, which out-of-state attorneys pay if they want to appear in an Ohio court proceeding, will increase from $150 to $300.

The new rules also implement a $50 voluntary “add on” fee to the biennial attorney registration. The $350 registration fee hasn’t been raised since 2007.

The Supreme Court will use the money collected from these two fees to help fund civil legal aid services for low-income or disadvantaged Ohioans. The Court’s Task Force on Access to Justice recommended the fee increases in 2015.

The Court received 46 letters during a public comment period that ended in December and, of those, only three were against the proposed fee increases.

View the text of the amendments.

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