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Oct. 10, 2011
Supreme Court Adopts Disciplinary System Amendments

The Supreme Court of Ohio has adopted a series of rule amendments designed to enhance Ohio’s disciplinary system for lawyers and judges. The new rules take effect Jan. 1, 2012.

Earlier this year, the Court considered the proposed amendments that were contained in a December 2009 report from an 18-member Task Force to Review the Ohio Disciplinary System appointed by the late Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer. The Court considered comments received during two public comment periods.

Among the new amendments are those that:

The Court’s review of the disciplinary system follows a five-year process to review, rewrite and adopt new ethical rules governing the conduct of Ohio lawyers (2007) and judges (2009). This was the first comprehensive review of the disciplinary process undertaken by the Court in at least the last 20 years. The last series of major amendments occurred in the late 1990s based on recommendations from a committee appointed by the Ohio State Bar Association.

View the text of the new amendments.

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