Resource Sharing in Ohio Courts

What is Resource Sharing?
Resource-sharing partnerships allow courts to better serve the community through collaborative programs or projects that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of service provided through the courts. Through sharing the financial burden to provide services, courts can reduce time and cost when duplicative services are eliminated. Sharing of resources range from the publication of innovative fillable-forms for other courts to customize and share with their customers to sharing staff to help with shortterms projects within the county. Other collaborative partnerships bridge service gaps in local communities by connecting area non-profit organizations and government agencies with the courts.

How Does it Work?
Often, resource-sharing partnerships begin due to a peer-to-peer relationship and a recognition of need. Community leaders connect to one another and find mutually beneficial ways to improve the city, county, and state. The Case Management Section of the Supreme Court of Ohio can assist in connecting courts across the state to begin conversations that result in resource-sharing partnerships.

Featured Projects

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Jefferson Co. Probation Collaboration

Image of the Scales of JusticeProbation departments partner in Jefferson County to informally provide centralized probation supervision to individuals who are slated for supervision by both the Municipal and Common Pleas courts. The result is fewer financial resources used to supervise the individual as well as the reduction of overlapping services provided to the probationer.

Franklin Co. Self-Help Legal Center

Image of a bookcase full of law booksThe Franklin County self-help legal center was established as a collaborative project by the Franklin County Municipal Court, the County Commissioners, and the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. The self-help center assists individuals seeking to seal a common pleas or municipal court criminal record and assists ex-offenders who are applying for a certificate of qualification for employment.

Cleveland Municipal Drug Court

Image of a wooden gavelArea judges refer individuals to the Cleveland Municipal Drug Court to ensure those in need of specialized attention are receiving the care required to start the recovery process. The goal of this Drug Court is to return individuals to the community, drug free. Partner courts include Rocky River, Bay Village, Fairview, North Olmstead, South Euclid, Euclid, East Cleveland, Parma, Lyndhurst, and Shaker Heights.

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