On Tuesday, July 17, 2012, the Supreme Court of Ohio launched an expanded news program – Court News Ohio – that features stories about the Ohio judicial system. This archived page on the Supreme Court’s website only displays news stories that occurred before that date. News stories that occurred on July 17 and thereafter can be found at www.courtnewsohio.gov.

Important points to understand about the new access rules:

New rules on public access to court records (Sup. R. 44-47) took effect July 1, 2009. Following are several important points about the new rules, which were designed to ensure that Ohioans continue to have open and ready access to court records. The rules were carefully crafted for more than two years in a process that involved extensive public input and revisions. We will continue to be available to court staff and interested members of the public who have questions about these rules as they are implemented.”

The rules were designed by the Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Superintendence, chaired by Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger, and based in part on the report and recommendations of the Privacy and Public Access Subcommittee of the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Technology and the Courts, a subcommittee that included members of the public and the media.
The rules were published over the course of two years. More than 70 individuals and organizations participated in the extensive public comment periods, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, the Cleveland Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, the Ohio Judicial Conference and the Ohio State Bar Association. The commission revised and improved the rules after careful consideration of all comments.
The rules include:

Supreme Court attorneys have conducted training sessions since April via the Internet about the new rules. These sessions – ideal for clerks and court administrators at both the frontline and management levels who have responsibility for the management of case documents and administrative documents – included a history and explanation of the rules, and the instructors will also entertain questions from the participants.

Trainings will continue upon request. For more information or to request a training session, contact:

D. Allan Asbury
Administrative Counsel
Office of the Administrative Director

John S. VanNorman
Policy & Research Counsel
Office of the Administrative Director