Boards and Commissions

The Supreme Court of Ohio relies upon numerous bodies to help meet its constitutional and statutory authority to regulate the practice of law and exercise general superintendence over all courts in the state. Two of these bodies are boards and commissions. Boards are formed to exercise quasi-judicial authority or decision-making authority on behalf of the Court. Commissions are formed to exercise quasi-ministerial authority on behalf of the Court.

Boards and commissions are created by action of the Court and operate under rules or regulations adopted by the Court. Members serve by appointment of the Chief Justice and Justices or by virtue of holding a position within or upon nomination of a group, organization, or association. Boards and commissions are comprised of judges, attorneys, clerks of court, other court personnel, and private citizens from throughout Ohio.

The Court has adopted Guidelines for the Creation and Operation of Supreme Court Boards, Commissions, Advisory Committees, and Task Forces. The guidelines specify what constitutes a board, commission, advisory committee, or task force, how they are created, and how members are appointed to these bodies.

Members of the boards and commissions fulfill specifically designated duties and responsibilities. To help guide the activities of the membership, the Court has adopted a Code of Ethics for Court Appointees and Guidelines for Travel by Court Appointees.


» Board of Bar Examiners

» Board of Commissioners on Character & Fitness

» Board of Professional Conduct

» Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law

» Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection

» Judicial College Board of Trustees


» Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists

» Commission on Continuing Legal Education

» Commission on the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center

» Commission on Professionalism

» Commission on the Rules of Practice & Procedure

» Commission on the Rules of Superintendence

» Commission on Technology and the Courts

» Commission on Appointment of Counsel in Capital Cases

» Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission

» Commission on Dispute Resolution

» Commission on Specialized Dockets

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