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April 10, 2009
Effective Date of Public Access Rules Moved Back to July 1

In order to allow more time for judges, court staff, members of the public and the media to become familiar with new rules on public access to court records (Sup. R. 44-47), the Supreme Court of Ohio announced today that it has moved back the effective date of the rules two months to July 1.

The Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Superintendence, chaired by Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger, voted unanimously on March 13 to recommend to the Court that the rules’ effective date be delayed. The Court voted on March 24 to accept the commission’s recommendation and move the effective date from the original May 1 to July 1.

The rules were crafted by the Commission and published for two periods of extensive public comment that resulted in revisions and improvements.

The rules include:

The Court has created a central clearinghouse for information and training opportunities on its Web site at supremecourt.ohio.gov. Look for the button on the right of the home page that says “New Rules on Public Access to Court Records.”

Supreme Court attorneys will conduct training sessions over the next few months via the Internet about the new rules. These sessions are 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. This non-CLE program will include a history and explanation of the rules, and the instructors will also entertain questions from the participants.

The training dates are as follows:

All trainings are from noon to 1 p.m. and will be conducted using the Elluminate Web-based training application. Orientation sessions on how to use Elluminate will be held before each course from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

To register, visit www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/recordstraining.

Contact: Chris Davey or Bret Crow at 614.387.9250.