Court News Ohio reports that the Ohio Supreme Court is already testing its new e-filing portal with a pilot project involving a subset of 85 lawyers who regularly file documents with the Court. In addition to online access, the portal provides an online user guide and Administrative Order, plus links to the Court's online docket and Rules of Court.
A full lanuch for all attorneys who practice before the Supreme Court is planned for early 2015. There are also a couple of specific guidelines that the Court is observing for its beta test:
"Filing documents through the e-Filing Portal does not alter any filing deadlines imposed by the Rules of Practice of the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Documents received after 5 p.m. Eastern Time through the e-Filing Portal will not be considered for filing until the next business day."
Court News Ohio has announced that the Ohio Supreme Court has purchased the Lexis Digital Library of ebooks. A browsable and searchable list of what the Supreme Court is purchasing can be found at this link. According to the Supreme Court:
"The LexisNexis Digital Library is a virtual library website that provides legal books in an e-book format. The digital library allows Supreme Court employees to access the library’s complete Lexis collection from any location and from any type of electronic device such as tablets, smartphones, and laptops. All other patrons can access the complete collection from any computer inside the Supreme Court library.
Patrons can download the e-books for free, which include the legal volumes Page’s Ohio Revised Code, The Law of Professional Conduct in Ohio, Ohio Civil Practice with Forms, and Corbin on Contracts. Once checked out, Internet access is not required to read the e-book."
The Cleveland Law Library is also in the process of purchasing an Ohio collection of books from the Lexis Digital Library for our patrons. We hope to have this collection available by 1st quarter 2015. When we do, we will make a big announcement on this blog and though email communications to members.
Like many of the state and local Ohio courts that have already done so, the Ohio Supreme Court is now considering creating e-filing rules for its own Court. According to the Court'snews release, some of the proposals for new rules could cover "how to register for e-filing, what documents are allowed to be e-filed, and when copies of e-filing documents may be required." The proposed amendments to the rules will be published for public comment until October 29th.
Many of you may remember taking the Bar Exam in Columbus at Veterans Memorial building. However, Vet's, which has served as exam HQ for over 50 years, is going to be demolished. As a result, the Ohio Supreme Court is moving the Bar Exam to the Columbus Convention Center starting with this month's July exam. Click here to listen to an interview containing more information on the history of Vet's and the exam.
According to a news release, the Ohio Supreme Court has just amended Rule I of its Rules for the Government of the Bar to allow Ohio law schools, colleges and universities to create 3+3 programs that combine college and law school into six-year joint bachelor’s/law degree program. Although no schools in Ohio currently offer this option, students who graduate from 3+3 programs elsewhere have been able to seek a waiver of the customary Ohio requirement to complete 7 years of school through 4 years of college and 3 years of law school. The amendments to the Rule go into effect in just a few weeks on July 1st so there may be major changes on the horizon for this Fall.
Like many professions, the practice of law requires knowing a lot of legal lingo. To help lay people understand what lawyers, judges and legal opinions are say, the Ohio Supreme Court has created an interactive online glossary of 160 legal terms like res judicata, summary judgment and sua sponte. The new glossary comes with a list of words and pop-up definitions that appear when readers of Court News Ohio (CNO) hover over words. For fun, CNO has also introduced “Legal Word of the Week," which you can follow on CNO's Facebook or Twitter pages.
According to a post from Court News Ohio, only 283 (or 64.3%) of the 440 candidates who took the February Bar Exam passed. This percetage has varied in the 60's over the last few years, but the percentage of successful first-timers was a higher, at 79%. The oath of office for new attorneys will be administered on Cinco de Mayo at 2:00 p.m. at The Ohio Theatre in Columbus, Ohio.