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Supreme Court seeks comments on commercial dockets rules

The Supreme Court of Ohio will accept public comment until Nov. 13 on permanent rules that govern the operation of commercial dockets in Ohio.

Commercial dockets are used to resolve business-to-business disputes quicker and to provide consistency to the process by judges developing expertise in this area.

Rules 49 through 49.12 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio set the parameters of which courts can operate commercial dockets, the training requirements for commercial docket judges, cases eligible and not eligible for commercial dockets, how to offset the workload of judges assigned to commercial dockets and other issues.

The Supreme Court adopted temporary rules on May 6, 2008, to establish a multi-court pilot program to assess the best method of establishing commercial civil litigation dockets in the state. Pilot commercial dockets were established in common pleas courts in Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton and Lucas counties.

Since that time, the types of cases that came before commercial docket judges have included business liquidations, trade secret disputes, non-compete contracts and shareholder disagreements.

Earlier this year, the Task Force on Commercial Dockets issued a final report in which it recommended the Supreme Court adopt rules allowing for the permanent establishment of commercial dockets.

The report found that the benefits of the program included accelerating decisions, creating expertise among judges and achieving consistency in court decisions around the state.

View the complete language of the proposed rules. Comments should be submitted in writing to:

John VanNorman, Policy and Research Counsel
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street, Seventh Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
or john.vannorman@sc.ohio.gov.

Content courtesy of Court News Ohio.

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