Ohio Supreme Court seeking comments on amendments to disciplinary rules & regulations

The Supreme Court’s news service, Court News OhioTuesday posted that “following a year-long review of disciplinary procedure rules and regulations of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline, the board submitted proposed amendments to the Ohio Supreme Court for consideration. After reviewing the changes and voting to publish them, the Supreme Court will accept public comment on amendments to Gov.Bar R. V and the regulations until May 5.”

In addition to clarifying and modernizing case-related procedures, several significant changes to the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio have been proposed, including:

•  Updating the terminology relative to mental illness, mental disorders, and substance use disorders to reflect current, accepted medical standards;

•Allowing for the imposition of an interim suspension where a lawyer or judge is suffering from a medically recognized disorder that substantially impairs the performance of professional duties;

•Adopting a single standard of “confidential” as that term applies to the investigation of grievances and applying to disciplinary case documents the standards of public access that are applicable to trial and appellate courts

 A complete list of all amendments is available here.

Comments should be submitted in writing by May 5, 2014 to:

Richard A. Dove,                                                                                     Secretary Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline Ohio Supreme Court 65 South Front Street, Fifth Floor Columbus, OH 43215

or rick.dove@sc.ohio.gov

The CNO also earlier reported that “The Court’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline, which investigates and prosecutes complaints of misconduct by Ohio’s attorneys and judges, substantially reduced its active pending caseload for the second consecutive year according to a 2013 annual report released on Feb. 13th.”  Copies of that report are available here.