Proposed Rules Could Alter Length of Terms for Presiding, Administrative Judges
Under proposed rule changes published today for public comment by the Ohio Supreme Court, local courts would be able to set longer terms for presiding and administrative judges.
Currently, presiding and administrative judges only serve one-year terms. Local courts could set terms of up to three years, according to the proposed amendments.
The changes to the Rules of Superintendence were recommended by the Ohio Judicial Conference, which noted benefits including an increase in courts’ ability to meet goals and adding flexibility to account for individual needs.
Powers of presiding judges include calling and conducting courts’ annual meetings and assigning judges for temporary service in another division. Powers of administrative judges include control over the administration, docket, and court calendar; assigning cases to judges; filing required Supreme Court reports; and administering personnel policies.
Public comment should be submitted in writing or via email by Oct. 12 to:
John VanNorman, Policy and Research Counsel
Ohio Supreme Court
65 S. Front St., Seventh Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
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