Court News Ohio - A Service of the Supreme Court of Ohio & Ohio Government Telecommunications
Court News Ohio - A Service of the Supreme Court of Ohio & Ohio Government Telecommunications
Moyer Judicial Center Closed Jan. 15 through Jan. 20, 2021
The Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center will be closed to all visitors and staff from Friday, Jan. 15, through Wednesday, Jan. 20. The building will reopen on Thursday, Jan. 21.

Filings to the Clerk’s Office that are due between Jan. 15 and Jan. 20 will be accepted on Jan. 21.

Applications to the Office of Bar Admissions (due Jan. 15) may be dropped off at the security station inside the front door of the Center at 65 South Front Street, Columbus.

View the Supreme Court Order

Image of an attorney addressing 12 jury members, with a man sitting at a table next to him Image showing several rows of color icons depicting men and women of varying professions, all wearing masks (iStock/mathisworks) Image of a man and a woman in separate video screens with their right hands in the air Image of a woman using a laptop computer while two other women fill out paperwork
HAPPENING NOW Get e-mail updates when this information changes. Click to subscribe to the Happening Now RSS Feed

JANUARY 20, 2021

Inspired by MLK, Court Member Works Toward ‘Restorative Justice’

Image of former Justice Judith FrenchInspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s devotion to social change, one court official continues to speak and act on issues that linger since the iconic activist’s rise to prominence generations ago.

JANUARY 19, 2021

Former Justice French Appointed Insurance Director

Image of former Justice Judith FrenchFormer Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French will continue her decades-long course of civil service as Gov. Mike DeWine appoints her director of the Ohio Department of Insurance.  

JANUARY 13, 2021

Seeking Public Comment: Specialized Dockets, Domestic Relations Forms

The Ohio Supreme Court will accept public comment on proposed amendments for the annual update to the Rules of Practice and Procedure, including those concerning domestic relations cases.

JANUARY 5, 2021

Judicial Candidates Seminar Scheduled by Conduct Board

The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced a schedule of judicial campaign conduct seminars for candidates seeking judicial office in 2021.

DECEMBER 29, 2020

January Disciplinary Hearings Announced

Image of the Board of Professional Coduct logoThe Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced five January disciplinary hearings involving attorneys.

DECEMBER 21, 2020

Service Marks by Law Firms Scrutinized

The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has issued an advisory opinion addressing the use of registered service marks by law firms.


JANUARY 19, 2021

Defense Challenges Marsy’s Law ‘Right’ of Accuser to Sit with Prosecutor

In November 2017, Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved Marsy’s Law, which enhanced the rights of crime victims, including securing the right of victims to be present in the courtroom during the trial of the accused perpetrator.

JANUARY 5, 2021

Controversy Ensues over Skills Needed When Schools Arm Their Staffs

A Butler County school board maintains a state law doesn’t define the training required for school teachers and staff who are authorized to carry weapons on school grounds. A group of parents in the school district disagree.

DECEMBER 23, 2020

Time Limit for Medical Malpractice Cases Prevents Claims against Spine Surgeon

Patients claiming medical malpractice by a spine surgeon and Cincinnati-area hospitals waited too long to refile their cases when they attempted to move the cases from Butler County to Hamilton County, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

Law Against Carrying Gun while Intoxicated Ruled Constitutional

The Ohio Supreme Court today upheld the conviction of a Clermont County man for holding a shotgun in his home while intoxicated.

DECEMBER 22, 2020

Driving on Outer Edge Line Not Traffic Violation

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper incorrectly charged a motorist with a traffic violation for driving on –  but not over –  the single solid white line on the right edge of a state highway, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

DECEMBER 17, 2020

Newspaper Notice Allowed after Reasonable Search for Unknown Oil and Gas Rights Owners

Surface property owners seeking to have mineral rights declared abandoned must use “reasonable diligence” to locate unknown heirs and others who might have inherited the mineral rights to the property, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.   

Death Penalty Overturned for Portage County Man Who Killed College Student

Image is of a headshot of inmate Damantae Graham. The Ohio Supreme Court today set aside the death sentence imposed on a man who shot and killed a Kent State University student during a robbery.

DECEMBER 16, 2020

Doctor’s Revised Will Written on Index Card Rejected

A companion to a deceased sleep clinic founder cannot inherit one-fourth of his estate based on a revised will the psychologist wrote on an index card nearly 40 years after creating a formal will, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

Sufficient Evidence from Drug House Proved Pattern of Corrupt Activity

Sufficient evidence, including video clips of three men making and selling crack cocaine, allowed a jury to conclude that the defendants engaged in a pattern of corrupt activity, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.


JANUARY 14, 2021

Judge’s Decade-long Goal Realized with Mental Health Court

Mental health concerns have been on the minds of many since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

JANUARY 13, 2021

Three Visiting Judges Hear Oral Arguments Remotely

Three judges from appeals courts throughout the state served as visiting jurists on the Ohio Supreme Court for oral arguments today.

JANUARY 8, 2021

‘RISE’ in Awareness Leads to Ohio’s Fifth Human Trafficking Court

After years of planning and executing, Akron Municipal Court has become the latest beacon of hope for survivors of human trafficking who end up in the judicial system.

JANUARY 4, 2021

Justice Jennifer Brunner Sworn in to Ohio Supreme Court

The ceremonial investiture of an Ohio Supreme Court justice often takes place in the majestic courtroom of the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center in Columbus.

DECEMBER 31, 2020

Dozens of Judges Concluding Decades of Dedicated Service

Every December presents mixed emotions with the finality of another chapter of life and all of the unknowns that await in the upcoming year.

First Ohio African American Female Appellate Judge Retires

Image of Judge Patricia BlackmonEighth District Court of Appeals Judge Patricia Blackmon made Ohio history when she was elected to the bench and became the first female African American to take appellate office 30 years ago.

DECEMBER 30, 2020

Justice French Reflects on a Tenure of ‘Energy and Devotion’

When someone has a love for the law and is driven by the purpose of a public servant, those connections can take the person to tremendous heights.

DECEMBER 24, 2020

Court Continues Holiday Tradition of ‘Bear-ing’ Good News

Image of a man holding a teddy bearMaintaining year-end holiday customs is a challenge due to the coronavirus crisis, but one court figured out a way to preserve an annual practice that spreads cheer to the less fortunate.