January 13, 2012
Supreme Court Creates New Dispute Resolution Commission
The Supreme Court of Ohio last week voted to create a new Commission on Dispute Resolution. Two of the programs formerly operated by the disbanded Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management will be assumed by the Supreme Court.
Those include managing the former commission’s truancy mediation program and the conflict resolution services program for government officials. Additionally, the Court has been identified as the repository for all original paperwork and other intellectual property of the former commission.
Through new Rules 16.01 through 16.14 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio, the Court will reconstitute the current Advisory Committee on Dispute Resolution and elevate its status to a commission. The 21 members of the new commission will be nominated by various judicial, legal, and Ohio government-related associations and organizations and appointed by the Chief Justice and Justices of the Court.
The Court has been a leader in this field since the establishment of the Dispute Resolution Section in 1992 to promote statewide rules and uniform standards concerning dispute resolution programs.