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May 29, 2012
Temporary Commercial Dockets Rules Extended

The Supreme Court of Ohio has extended the effective end date of temporary rules that govern the operation of a commercial dockets pilot program in Ohio.

Temporary Rules 1.01 through 1.11 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio were originally set to expire on July 1. This action extends that deadline to June 30, 2013. The rule change takes effect June 1. Read the text of Rule 99 and Temp. Sup. R. 1.11.

The court adopted the temporary rules on May 6, 2008 to establish a multi-court pilot program to assess the best method of establishing commercial civil litigation dockets in the state. Commercial dockets in common pleas courts in Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton and Lucas counties have been operating since January 2009.

Over that time, the types of cases that came before commercial docket judges include business liquidations, trade secret disputes, non-compete contracts and shareholder disagreements.

Earlier this year, the Task Force on Commercial Dockets issued a final report in which it recommended creating a permanent program for courts operating specialized dockets to resolve business-to-business disputes.

The report found that the benefits of the program included accelerating decisions, creating expertise among judges, and achieving consistency in court decisions around the state.

Proposed Rules of Superintendence will be introduced for public comment later this year incorporating the task force recommendations.

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