October 23, 2009
Supreme Court Seeks Public Comment on Rules of Practice Amendments
The Supreme Court of Ohio will accept public comment until Nov. 16 on proposed amendments to the Rules of Practice.
Two changes will stand out immediately to practitioners: using Arabic numerals instead of Roman numerals and labeling general categories as “sections” and specific portions of each section as “rules.” Supreme Court Clerk Kristina D. Frost said the new numbering system and section/rule citation style changes conform with the requirements adopted in the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Rule Drafting Manual (3rd Ed.).
Other significant changes include a new section that covers the Supreme Court’s original jurisdiction for petition challenges according to Article II, Section 1g of the Ohio Constitution, and a new section that covers mediation proceedings and emphasizes the availability of this option at the Supreme Court level.
Most other modifications were non-substantive and made to clarify language in the Rules of Practice. Comments on the amendments should be submitted in writing to Justin Kudela, Case Management Counsel, Supreme Court of Ohio, 65 S. Front St., Eighth Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215 or email@example.com. Click here to access the text of the proposed amendments.