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"Legislative History" or Background Materials for Rules
If you are looking for commentary as to why a rule was changed, see:
Baldwin's Ohio Legislative Service Annotated
(a.k.a. Ohio Legislative Service Pamphlet), KFO30 1994 .A4x. In the final volume for the year in which the rule was passed or amended, look in the index table for the rule number. The index will tell you the volume and page number where you can find the rule changes, and possibly commentary on the rule. (example: 3R-16 is volume 3 page R-16)
Page's Ohio Revised Code Annotated or Baldwin's Ohio Revised Code may reprint committee comments in the rules volumes.
Law review and journal articles
may discuss why a particular rule was enacted or changed. Ohio Bar Journal or Cleveland Bar Journal may contain such articles.
Contact the Ohio Supreme Court
You may want to contact the Ohio Supreme Court and/or the court committee that enacted the rule to see if more materials are available. As of 2006, the Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure recommends rules and rule amendments to the Ohio Supreme Court. Procedure for rule amendments.
Amendments to Evidence Rules
Chart of Amendments over time - Baldwin's Ohio Practice Evidence, Chart C (WestlawNext), also in print, Giannelli Snyder Evidence KFO 540 .G52
History of the Ohio Civil Rules
On July 1, 1970, Ohio went from a code based pleading system (ie. statutes enacted by the legislature) to a rules-based system where the Ohio Supreme Court creates and amends court rules. The Court submits the rules to the General Assembly, which may adopt a concurrent resolution of disapproval. See Art IV, Ohio Constitution, Section 5(b). The original 1970 Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure were created by the Ohio Judicial Conference, Rules Advisory Committee, and were based on the federal rules. For a good description of the process by which the rules were made in 1970, see John V. Corrigan, A Look at the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure, The Ohio Bar, Vol 43, No. 24 , p. 727. A helpful resource in comparing the old code based system to the 1970 rules is John W. McCormac, Ohio Civil Rules Practice, with Forms, (1970), KFO530.M31. The University of Cincinnati Law Review has many useful articles in its symposium issue: Volume 43, 1970, which can be viewed at HeinOnline.
Ohio Court Rules
Have rule history, case summaries and research references.
Some Ohio court rules apply statewide, such as the Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rules of Appellate Procedure and Rules of Evidence. There are also local rules, which apply to an individual Ohio appellate, common pleas or municipal court. Federal courts also have rules that apply to the entire federal system, as well as local rules of court.
Pages Ohio Revised Code - KFO30 1953 .A4 P2
Civil Procedure Rules volume, Titles 21-29 contain additional rules dealing with Appeals, Juvenile and Criminal matters.
Baldwin's Ohio Revised Code - KFO30 1994 .A4x
See Rules of Court volumes (Criminal, Civil, Misc., Juvenile, Court of Claims, and Evidence).
Ohio Rules of Court
Civil Rules, Evidence Rules, Criminal Rules, and other statewide rules. For proposed and recently passed rules see: Rule Amendment Search
Ohio Rules of Court - West
Print annual rules pamphlets. KFO529 .A192. Statewide rules, federal rules, local rules for federal courts and some state courts.
Rules Governing the Courts of Ohio
Annual rules pamphlets. Contains Ohio and Ohio federal rules and local rules. KFO529 .A193 O4
The annotated rules listed above contain some local court rules. The unannotated rules pamphlets do as well.
Ohio Trial Court Local Rules
From the Ohio Supreme Court. A collection of rules, some of which are not on the trial courts' website.
Database of Ohio court rules
The database is made up of links to rules which are already on the web, plus rules in print that were scanned in by the Ohio Law Library Consortium, a cooperative of Ohio County Law Libraries
On the U.S. Court's web page. This page also has links for proposed rules.