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Feb. 17, 2012
Chief Justice Names Budget Task Force Members

The composition of a 28-member group that will examine long-term solutions to strengthen the financial picture of Ohio’s courts was announced today by Supreme Court of Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor. The Task Force on the Funding of Ohio Courts will meet for the first time on March 23.

Chief Justice O’Connor spoke in her 2011 inaugural address of the need to pursue systemic change and further cost savings through a collaborative process involving Ohio’s judges, bar associations and all stakeholders in the legal community.

Task force members consist of representatives of the Ohio Judicial Conference, all the judges associations, the Ohio State Bar Association, associations representing other major constituencies of the judicial branch, and members of the General Assembly.

“In general, the task force will examine the current structure and the funding of the judicial branch,” Chief Justice O’Connor said. “Specifically, the task force will be charged with identifying the method and manner by which Ohio courts are funded; determining the long-term efficacy of the current funding models; and reviewing possible alternatives that might provide sustained and consistent funding for Ohio courts.”

The panel will meet throughout 2012 and issue a report by early next year with specific recommendations for further costs savings and efficiencies.

The task force is chaired by Judge Christopher Boyko of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Other members include: