courts

Technology grants come to local courts for telework, social distancing

BY: - May 4, 2020

The Ohio Supreme Court is releasing millions of dollars in “remote technology grants” for courts as they continue to navigate the judicial system amid coronavirus prevention. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said the $6 million would be distributed to 277 courts in almost all Ohio counties. The money comes as courts are adapting to continuing court […]

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Understanding how criminal records are sealed

BY: and - February 14, 2020

Eligible offenders convicted of certain types of crimes can ask the court to expunge, or seal, their convictions. If the court seals a conviction, that conviction is no longer in the public record. Courts seal records so that eligible offenders can move on with their lives without the stigma of a criminal conviction. Qualifying for […]

Distracted driving bill seeks to strengthen current law

BY: - January 21, 2020

Sharon Montgomery was riding home on a Mount Vernon road after having dinner for her husband’s 51st birthday, when her life and its mission changed forever. It was on that road 19 years ago that she and her husband, John, passed through an intersection at the same time a driver flew through the same intersection, […]

Senators reverse course on criminal reform bill amendment

BY: - December 17, 2019

ACLU of Ohio pledges support once again on SB 3  Members of the Judiciary Committee unanimously decided to strip an amendment from Senate Bill 3 that had included stricter penalties for drug offenses under certain conditions. Those penalties came from adding language from the separate Senate Bill 55.  Some proponents of SB 3 had responded […]