House Concurs on Legislation Enhancing Court Transparency
COLUMBUS – The Ohio House of Representatives yesterday concurred in Senate amendments on legislation, sponsored by State Representatives Brian Stewart (R-Ashville) and Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester), which will bring more transparency to the Court of Common Pleas.
The purpose of this legislation is to require clerks to make the court's general civil docket available for viewing online and printing from their respective website.
“This legislation will increase transparency and customer service for the public while also enhancing efficiency for legal practitioners and the clients they serve,” Stewart said.
Throughout the state, 37 counties have already adopted this policy, 47 others have made docket listings available on line but do not provide viewings of the pleadings themselves and three counties have neither images nor online dockets.
House Bill 567 now heads to the Governor to be signed.