Managing Courts in Ohio: A Guide for Court Managers

I. GENERAL

  1. How to Use the Guide
  2. Introduction to Court Management: “So You’re Hired, Now What?”

II. OVERVIEW OF THE COURTS

  1. Separate Branch of Government
  2. Ohio Court Structure
  3. Purposes of Courts
  4. Court Governance

III. CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS OF AN EFFECTIVE COURT MANAGER

  1. Leadership
  2. Problem Solving
  3. Relationship Building - Both Internal and External
  4. Prioritizing Issues and Projects
  5. General Management

IV. ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS

  1. Human Resources
  2. Public Information Officer
  3. Education, Training, and Development
  4. Ethics

V. OPERATIONAL FUNCTIONS

  1. Caseflow Management
  2. Fiscal Processes
  3. Information Technology
  4. Virtual Court Proceedings
  5. Security and Facility Issues
  6. Disaster Preparedness and Continuity of Operations
  7. Making Courts Accessible
  8. Interpreter Services
  9. Making and Keeping the Record, Public Records, and Records Retention

VI. COURT-RELATED FUNCTIONS

  1. Local Rules of Practice and Procedure
  2. Reports
  3. Legislation and Rule Changes
  4. Judge Transition Issues
  5. Visiting Judges
  6. Court Appointed Counsel and Other Appointments
  7. Magistrates
  8. High Profile Cases
  9. Specialized Dockets
  10. Probation/Supervision of Offenders
  11. Collaboration
  12. Where to Go for Help

VII. SPECIFIC TOPICS REGARDING COURT TYPES

  1. Municipal and County Courts
  2. Common Pleas: General Division Courts
  3. Common Pleas: Domestic Relations Courts
  4. Common Pleas: Juvenile Courts
  5. Common Pleas: Probate Courts
  6. Appellate Courts

VIII. GENERAL RESOURCES AND REFERENCES

  1. Rules of Superintendence
  2. Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure
  3. Ohio Rules of Juvenile Procedure
  4. Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure
  5. Ohio Rules of Appellate Procedure
  6. Code of Judicial Conduct
  7. Supreme Court of Ohio Bench Cards
  8. Center for Court Innovation
  9. Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct
  10. Ohio Judges’ Liability Self-Insurance Program (Judicial Hotline)
  11. Supreme Court of Ohio
  12. Ohio Association for Court Administration (OACA)
  13. National Association of Court Management (NACM)
  14. National Center for State Courts
  15. The Ohio Legislature
  16. OhioLegalHelp.org
  17. Ohio Judicial Conference
  18. Advisory Opinions of the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct that may impact courts
  19. Ohio Attorney General Opinions that may impact courts
  20. ABA Opinions that may impact courts
  21. Supreme Court of Ohio Opinions that may impact courts