Image of an empty courtroomImage of a marble column with the words 'Pretrial Justice Summit 2019'

April 25, 2019

The Ohio State University's Ohio Union
1739 North High Street • Columbus, Ohio 43210

The topic of bail reform and pretrial justice has been at the forefront of many recent discussions. Judges, prosecutors, defenders, pretrial services officers, and law enforcement are essential to improving pretrial justice. This Summit will provide teams with a roadmap for implementing or expanding their pretrial services.


The Summit will bring together local court teams to learn about pretrial practices and identify priorities and challenges to implementation in their own courts. Teams will collaborate on action steps to form a plan using effective legal and evidence-based pretrial practices, such as:

  • Using risk assessment tools to inform pretrial release decision making;
  • Supervising pretrial defendants based on their assessed risk level;
  • ensuring defense counsel is present at the earliest hearing in which a pretrial release decision is made;
  • Identifying and collecting data on jail populations, pretrial release decisions, supervision, and outcomes to inform pretrial practices and assess their effectiveness;
  • Eliminating bond schedules; and
  • Implementing systems to remind defendants on pretrial release about upcoming court dates to avoid failure to appear.


Ohio’s Pretrial Justice Summit will offer strategies for implementing an effective pretrial system that keeps the public safe, ensures that individuals accused of crime appear in court as needed, and, according to the U.S. Constitution, respects the presumption of innocence by not unfairly interfering with the freedom of people who have not been found guilty.


CLE has been approved for 5.75 hours.


Typically, the team will include a judge, prosecutor, defender, pretrial services or probation officer, or a law enforcement or jail representative. Other members may include a court administrator, county commissioner, or public health provider who are in the position to effectuate change. If your court shares pretrial or probation resources with another court or jurisdiction, consider partnering to form a single team. Due to event space, teams are limited to four individuals, although we strongly encourage you to involve all of your justice system partners for the planning and implementation of your pretrial practices.


Thursday, April 25, 2019
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)


Columbus, Ohio


The Pretrial Justice Summit is presented by the Supreme Court of Ohio with the support of a Planning Committee consisting of Ohio judges, court administrators, and justice system partners.

View Summit Brochure

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