Planning Underway for Specialized Docket Courts Conference
There are more than 150 specialized docket programs like drug courts operating in Ohio courts. To help facilitate training and interaction between the courts, the Supreme Court of Ohio will host the Ohio Specialized Dockets Annual Conference in November.
More than 450 specialized docket judges, court staff, and practitioners are expected to participate in the conference, with national speakers appearing November 20 at The Ohio State University’s Fawcett Center.
The Supreme Court Specialized Docket Section is currently taking proposals for papers to present 75-minute workshops covering appropriate topic areas including:
- Specialized docket best practices
- Best practices for treatment of military veterans
- Human trafficking
- Alternative therapy methods
- Team building
- Effective data collection
Proposal criteria include the expertise of the proposed presenters, the focus of the topic, and strategies for courts to implement the material. Successful applicants will receive a time slot on the conference agenda during which to make their proposed presentations. Only electronic submissions will be accepted, and proposals should be returned no later than May 30. Submitters will be notified by August 1 if their proposals have been accepted or denied. More details are available online.
The Supreme Court adopted amendments to the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio that set standards for specialized docket programs and requires certification. The conference provides a forum to share local and national innovations to inform and assist courts in meeting the certification standards by implementing current evidence-based practices.
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