Although Ohio judges and lawyers are not required to follow this manual, the committeeLike the superceded 2012 version, the new 2013 Manual is divided into 3 parts:
hopes that it will be useful in writing opinions and drafting briefs and pleadings.
Part I, the Manual of Citations, governs the citation format used in Supreme Court
opinions and other opinions. It sets forth rules for the forms of citation for cases, statutes,
and other sources, provides examples for each category, and explains the use of
Part II, the Style Guide, provides direction on certain aspects of style used in Supreme
Court opinions. Subjects covered include capitalization, punctuation, use of footnotes and
headings, captions, and commonly misused words.
Part III, the Structure of a Judicial Opinion, is a guide intended to assist writers of judicial
opinions. It offers an outline setting forth the basic components of an opinion in the
traditional sequence, followed by several examples written in the Supreme Court style.