The Ohio Supreme Court has adopted a series of amendments to the Rules of Practice and Procedure.
amendments are part of an annual update and concern changes to the
rules of appellate procedure (4, 9, 10, 11 and 43), civil procedure
(4.3, 4.5, 4.6, 7, 33, 36, 45, 75 and 86), criminal procedure (5, 41 and
59), and juvenile procedure (40 and 47). Many of the changes make
simple clarifications, target inconsistencies or account for renumbering of rules.
There is, however, at least one substantive change to an existing rule.
- Amendments to Crim.R. 41 address issuing and executing tracking-device search warrants. According to Jo Ellen Cline,
Supreme Court government relations counsel, law enforcement officers
currently have three days to complete a search with no differentiation
made between a search warrant for property and the installation of a
tracking device. The ability to install a tracking device within the
time limit often proves difficult if no opportunities arise for law
enforcement to do it safely and secretly. The amendments give law
enforcement greater flexibility while protecting individuals’ rights,
According to the Ohio
Constitution, amendments to Rules of Practice and Procedure must be
filed with the General Assembly. The amendments take effect on July 1,
unless before that date the General Assembly adopts a concurrent
resolution of disapproval.
Access the text of the amendments.
Content courtesy of Court News Ohio.