On Friday, November 16, 2012, the Cleveland Law Library is sponsoring a probate CLE captioned Practical Probate Practice for the Local Practitioner. Because changes are likely coming very soon for estate taxation, William A. Duncan plans to update attendees on the most current legislative developments in this area. Utilizing practice scenarios he commonly encounters in Cuyahoga County’s Probate Court, Bradley Hull IV will then discuss probating estates ranging from a full administration to a release of assets. Finally, Magistrate Charles T. Brown will explain all of the new changes that the Cuyahoga County Probate Court has implemented to streamline local probate practice, including Local Rule amendments and statutory changes. Those who are interested can find the registration form on our website or register in person on the 4th floor of the Law Library. The program is only $70 for members and will provide 2.5 hours of Ohio continuing legal education.
I am not sure how long Gerald E. Fuerst has been the Clerk of Court in Cuyahoga County, but the County posted his job on August 15th, and it is still pending. According to the Clerk's employment web site page, the position will remain open until it is filled. The preview of the job shows a salary range of $86,000 - $125,000 and general job requirements. The job responsibilities are also listed and include: being the official record keeper for the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas General and Domestic Relations Divisions and the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Appellate District in Ohio; receiving and collecting statutory fees and court ordered fines and costs; calling jurors; maintaining search warrants; expunging records; and other duties.
"Ohio Supreme Court justices are paid $141,600 annually, far below California’s $218,237. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor is paid $150,850, less than the average $157,759 for comparable top court judges in other states and well below California’s $228,856.
Ohio appellate judges receive $132,000, common pleas judges $121,350, full-time municipal judges $114,000, and part-time municipal and county court judges $65,650."
The Ohio Supreme Court Task Force on Court Funding has a big job ahead, and it appears that all possible stakeholders are involved. According to a Supreme Court Press Release on March 23rd, Justice O'Connor gave the Task Force the following charges:
"This task force will examine the current structure and the funding of the judicial branch," Chief Justice O’Connor said. "Over your time together, the charge of this task force will be to identify the method and manner by which Ohio courts are funded; determine the long-term efficacy of the current funding models; and review possible alternatives that might provide sustained and consistent funding for Ohio courts."
The Ohio Supreme Court's pilot commercial docket project is apparently a success. According to a Task Force report issued by the Court, "certain qualified courts can create separate dockets to resolve business-to-business disputes." Locally, the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court has been participating in the pilot project since 2009 and handling cases which the Supreme Court indicates include "business liquidations, trade secret disputes, non-compete contracts, and shareholder disagreements." Other recommendations from the Task Force report include:
Expanding the program to other courts by setting the parameters for which courts can establish commercial dockets.
Requiring commercial docket judges to complete additional continuing education requirements.
Creating a new Commission on Commercial Dockets to oversee the program.
Operating commercial dockets with at least two judges.
Today marks the last day of business for the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court at its current facility on East 22nd. The Court is in the process of moving into the new Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice Center (CCJJC) located at 9300 Quincy Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio. The building will be fully open to the public starting on October 11, 2011, but filings will be accepted at the CCJJC beginning on October 3rd, when the court will also begin to hear emergency custody, detention arraignments, adult jail, and civil protection matters at the new facility. For questions, you can call (216) 443-8400 for more information. Click here for a video tour of the new facility.