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Supreme Court adopts Rules of Practice amendments

The Ohio Supreme Court announced the adoption of reorganized and renumbered Rules of Practice that mirror the flow of a case before the Supreme Court.

The reorganization presents a more logical ordering of the rules for attorneys and self-represented litigants that is intended to help them locate filing requirements, according to Ohio State Bar Association member Kristina Frost, Clerk of the Court.

Many of the other changes are clarifying and non-substantive, but there are a few substantive changes. They include:


  • Allowing certain documents to be filed by e-mail instead of fax under S.Ct. Prac. R. 3.02(C); and
  • Adopting rules for cases involving the practice of law to address the procedural and mechanical requirements not specified in the Gov. Bar and Gov. Jud. Rules.
In response to public comments, a few additional changes were made:

  • In S.Ct. Prac. R. 13.04 it was added that oral argument will not be scheduled in cases where a party files an objection to a certified report filed by Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline regarding a reciprocal discipline case. The court, however, may order oral argument sua sponte or in response to a request from a party;
  • Moving the reference to the Supreme Court’s writing manual for guidance to S.Ct. Prac. R. 3.01, and renaming the section Filing Requirements; and
  • Adding Palantino Linotype to the lists of fonts to be used in documents.
To access the complete text of the amendments, click here.

Content courtesy of Court News Ohio.

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