The Ohio Supreme Court yesterday announced that it had adopted amendments to Rules 1.2, 2.2, 8.5 and 18.3 of its Rules of Practice, becoming effective October 1, 2011.
“Changes to Rule 8.5 will have the broadest impact by requiring copies of jurisdictional memoranda and merit briefs to be single-sided,” the Court’s announcement said. “The current rule states that only the original memorandum or brief filed with the Court needs to be single-sided, while the copies could be double-sided. As of Oct. 1, both the original and copies for these specific court filings will need to be single-sided. Additional changes included in Rule 8.5 will reduce the number of copies required for jurisdictional memoranda, complaints in original actions and evidence in original actions.”
In division (A), a cross-reference to the copy requirements for facsimile filing was added and the number of copies required by the Court was reduced. In division C, the requirement that copies are to be single-sided was added. Division (D) was eliminated because the rules now require the original to be submitted in a scan-ready format.
Rule of Practice 1.2 was modified to emphasize that all of the pro hac vice requirements imposed by Rule XII of the Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio must be complied with when filing a motion for pro hac vice admission with the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Rule 2.2 (A)(6) was amended to address an amendment to the Rules of Appellate Procedure that permits the court of appeals to initiate en banc consideration sua sponte.