Beginning January 1, 2014, Ohio courts operating specialized docket programs will be required to be initially certified by the Ohio Supreme Court.
Under the certification amendments, the Court's news service this morning reported, courts operating specialized dockets would be required to submit an application, undergo a site visit, and submit specific program materials to the Specialized Docket Section as part of the certification process. To help those courts prepare for certification, the Supreme Court compiled several step-by-step guides which include a flowchart overview that lists the steps necessary for certification, a certification application, and several templates to adopt local rules, prepare handbooks, and execute participation agreements. Guides are posted on the “Specialized Dockets Certification” button on the Court's home page in the right-hand margin.
Additional information is also available on the Specialized Dockets Section's window.
Text of Specialized Court Docket Rules