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