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May 30, 2007
Chief Justice to Testify in Support of Mayor's Court Reform Bill

Chief Justice Thomas J. MoyerChief Justice Thomas J. Moyer of the Supreme Court of Ohio will offer testimony in support of House Bill 154, which seeks to reform mayor's courts in Ohio, at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 31, before the House Judiciary Committee. Testimony will be offered in room 114 of the Ohio Statehouse.

House Bill 154, sponsored by Rep. Larry Wolpert, R-Hilliard, was introduced in April and would incorporate mayor's courts into the judicial system under the authority of the Supreme Court of Ohio. The bill would transfer cases in mayor's courts in municipalities with a population under 1,600 to the local municipal court and make other reforms.

Mayor's courts have been declared unconstitutional by the federal courts, most recently in 1999 by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which found there to be an unconstitutional conflict when a mayor can level a fine that will be paid into a budget the mayor controls.

Following Chief Justice Moyer's testimony, the Judiciary Committee will hear sponsor testimony from Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, on H.B. 173, which addresses the experience, training, appropriate allocation and compensation of Ohio judges. Chief Justice Moyer supports the bill, which he says will assist in attracting to the bench and retaining more highly competent and experienced attorneys.

For a print-quality, high-resolution image of Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer, visit this link: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/PIO/news/images/justices/moyer_highres.zip.

Contact: Chris Davey or Andrea M. Strle, 614.387.9250