The National Center for State Courts has issued a new Trends in State Courts (2103 edition). Some of the articles in this year's issue cover: mandatory pro bono service; child protection; improving courthouse customer service; understanding the impact of human trafficking on state courts; strategic networks and plans; and access to justice issues for the poor. This edition marks the 25th anniversary of this publication.
Ohio Supreme Court Justice-elect William M. O'Neill will be sworn in at the Eighth District Court of Appeals at 7pm on December 27, 2012. His ceremony would ordinarily take place in Columbus, but it was changed to Cleveland at his request inasmuch as he is from this area. Presumably, his ceremony will be streamed live over the Internet at sc.ohio.gov.
The Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals is honored to host a session of the Ohio Supreme Court at the Cuyahoga County Courthouse today, Wednesday, September 26, 2012. Public, private, and home-schooled students from Cuyahoga County were invited to attend and participate. After a Q & A session with the Justices, the students will listen to one (1) of four (4) oral arguments scheduled for the morning and then met with the case attorneys for a debriefing. The Librarian will then provide tours to the students and their teachers to showcase the Courthouse treasures being featured this year in honor of the building’s centennial.
During their visit to Cleveland, the Justices also held session at Case Western’s Law School yesterday, on Tuesday, September 25th and enjoyed a reception at the Courthouse Rotunda on Monday night hosted by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Not surprisingly, most of Cuyahoga County’s judiciary was in attendance. The Librarian was also fortunate enough to be able to attend and meet the Justices.
For those with an interest in history, the Ohio Supreme Court has been touring Ohio since 1987, when Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer initiated the Off-Site Court Program in honor of the bicentennial of the United States Constitution. The last time the Ohio Supreme Court came to Cuyahoga County was in 1997, when the Court held session at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, but the Justices have not been to the Cuyahoga County Courthouse since 1988. To date, the program has allowed almost 30,000 students to observe Ohio Supreme Court proceedings and meet the Justices.
"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 8th District Court of Appeals is seeking comments until May 18th on proposed Amendments to Local Rules 3 (costs), 14 (extensions of time), 21 (oral argument) and 45 (fees for extraordinary writs). According to the Court's press release, comments on the proposed changes can be send to email@example.com May 18th.
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."
As part of helping someone with appellate research this week, I came across a great summary of en banc decisions from the 8th District Court of Appeals for the period 2010 through July 2011. Although the Court provides a disclaimer that the summaries are not legal advice or opinions, some of the summaries are actual journal entries issued by the Court. Click here for a link to a location for accessing full text opinions of the Court.