October 21, 2011
Call for Comments on Rules of Practice and Procedure
The Supreme Court of Ohio will accept public comment until Nov. 22 on amendments to the annual update to the Rules of Practice and Procedure, which were recommended by the Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure.
The proposed amendments concern changes to the rules of appellate procedure, civil procedure, criminal procedure, juvenile procedure and the Ohio Rules of Evidence.
Many of the proposed changes target inconsistencies, allow for electronic means of service, remove outdated concepts, or move certain rules to other sections that make more sense. There are, however, a few new rules proposed.
For instance, a new rule – Civil Procedure Rule 65.1 – has been proposed regarding civil protection orders. Currently, existing civil rules governing protection order proceedings and the requirements and purposes of two Ohio Revised Code statutes are in conflict.
Additionally, another new rule – Juvenile Procedure Rule 5 – has been proposed to require juvenile courts to use a juvenile’s initials rather than his or her full name in court decisions and press releases.
Publication of the proposed amendments for public comment at this time does not imply that the Supreme Court endorses or will approve for filing with the General Assembly any or all of the proposed amendments.
Access the text of these proposed amendments online. Comments should be submitted in writing to Jo Ellen Cline, Government Relations Counsel, Supreme Court of Ohio, or email@example.com.