Financial Disclosure for Judges, Magistrates, and Judicial Candidates

Each judge, retired judge eligible for assignment to active duty, magistrate, and judicial candidate is required to file an annual financial disclosure statement with the Supreme Court Board of Professional Conduct. See R.C. 102.02 and Jud. Cond. R. 3.15. Your statement includes activity in calendar year 2014.

For most filers, the statement must be filed on or before April 15, 2015. If you are a candidate for judicial office in 2015, please see the instructions for your filing deadline.

There is no filing fee for a judge, retired judge, magistrate, or judicial candidate who files a financial disclosure statement with the Board of Professional Conduct. The costs of administering the financial disclosure are paid from attorney registration fees assessed and collected by the Supreme Court.

Electronic Filing of Financial Disclosure Statement

Last year, the Board offered judicial officers the option of electronically completing and filing their financial disclosure statements. In the first year in which this option was available, two-thirds of the judicial officers filed their statements electronically. Electronic filing will be mandatory in 2016, thus you are encouraged to use the electronic filing option this year. Electronic filing has several advantages including the assurance that you have completed all necessary portions of the statement prior to filing, the receipt of an immediate acknowledgement that your form has been filed, and the ability to print or save a time-stamped copy of your completed statement. In subsequent years, your financial disclosure statement will be pre-populated with information contained in the previous year’s statement so that you will need only to update your statement before filing.

The online filing portal may be accessed at the following web address: https://disclosure.ethics.ohio.gov.

If you do not choose to file electronically this year, you may access the 2014 financial disclosure statement (to be filed in 2015) here:

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2015 FDS Instructions
This document contains step-by-step instructions to assist you in completing your financial disclosure statement. Please read these instructions carefully before completing the form.

The instructions include links to a frequently asked questions document prepared by the Ohio Ethics Commission.

If, after reading the instructions, you have questions regarding your filing requirements or completion of the statement, please contact the Board staff at 614.387.9370.

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