Holiday Filing Rule

The Supreme Court of Ohio is closed for business in observance of the holidays as follows:

January 1 New Year's Day
Third Monday in January Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Third Monday in February Presidents' Day
Last Monday in May Memorial Day
July 4 Independence Day
First Monday in September Labor Day
Nov. 11 Veterans' Day
Fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day
Fourth Friday in November Day after Thanksgiving Day
Dec. 25 Christmas Day

If a holiday falls on a Saturday, the holiday shall be observed on the immediately preceding Friday. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday shall be observed on the immediately ensuing Monday.

How Court holidays affect filing deadlines

The Rules of Practice of the Supreme Court of Ohio prescribe the rules for computing filing deadlines involving legal holidays or when the Clerk's Office is closed to the public. Specifically, Rule XIV(3)(A) states that if the last day for filing a document happens to be a legal holiday, then the document is due the following day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or other legal holiday. Similarly, on any day that the Clerk's Office is closed to the public for the entire day that constitutes the last day for filing, or before the usual closing time on that day, then the deadline for filing is the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.

These provisions have particular application in the following situations. First, the Clerk's Office is open to the public on Columbus Day. However, because Columbus Day is a legal holiday, any documents that are due to be filed that day may be filed the following day. Second, the Clerk's Office is closed on the day after Thanksgiving, which is observed as a holiday by the Supreme Court. Therefore, any documents due for filing that day may be filed the following Monday, even though the day after Thanksgiving is not a holiday observed by the state or federal government.

Although computation of filing deadlines is the responsibility of the filing party, questions may be directed to the Clerk's Office for further assistance.