In April 2007, the late Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court Thomas J. Moyer announced the formation of the Supreme Court Task Force on Commercial Dockets, charging it with developing a pilot project to determine the best means of adopting commercial dockets in the state's courts of common pleas. That evolved into commercial dockets being established in common pleas courts in Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton and Lucas counties beginning in January 2009.
On May 6, 2008, the court adopted temporary rules to establish a multi-court pilot program to assess the best method of establishing commercial civil litigation dockets in the state. The Court is now extending the effective end dates of those temporary rules. ( Announcement )
Temporary Rules 1.01 through 1.11 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio were originally set to expire on July 1. This action extends that deadline to June 30, 2013. The rule change takes effect June 1.
Proposed Rules of Superintendence will be introduced for public comment later this year incorporating the task force recommendations.
Text of Rule 99 and Temp. Sup. R. 1.11.