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Disciplinary Board Increases Efficiency in 2012

Image of the cover of the 2012 annual report of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline.

The Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline increased efficiency in 2012.

Image of the cover of the 2012 annual report of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline.

The Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline increased efficiency in 2012.

The Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline disposed of more cases and reduced its caseload in 2012 compared to the year before, an annual report released today shows.

The board conducts evidentiary hearings and issues findings and recommendations to the Supreme Court on serious ethical misconduct complaints lodged against Ohio attorneys and judges. The board also engages in education and outreach activities to promote greater understanding of and compliance with the rules that govern the professional conduct of Ohio judges and lawyers.

“The board concluded an active 2012 with a significant reduction in its pending caseload by disposing of 125 cases, an increase of 15.7 percent over the number of case dispositions in 2011,” according to the report. “The board reduced its active pending caseload by 28.1 percent in 2012 and concluded the year with 69 active cases on the docket.”

Rick Dove, secretary to the board, called 2012 a year of “significant progress” after a record number of new case filings occurred in 2011. The board and its staff continued to identify efficient and cost-effective procedures to adjudicate disciplinary matters in a timely manner. Overall, the board reduced its operations expenses by 15.1 percent from the prior year.

The board is composed of 28 members, appointed by the Supreme Court. Four are public members, seven are active or retired judges and seventeen are lawyers throughout the state. The board is funded entirely from biennial registration fees paid by Ohio judges and lawyers.

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