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March 23, 2012
Court Funding Task Force Meets for First Time

A 29-member group tasked with examining long-term solutions to strengthen the financial picture of Ohio’s courts received its official charge today from Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor at its first meeting.

Chief Justice O’Connor spoke in her 2011 inaugural address of the need to pursue systemic change and further cost savings through a collaborative process involving Ohio’s judges, bar associations and all stakeholders in the legal community. She reiterated that need in her opening remarks at the meeting today.

“This task force will examine the current structure and the funding of the judicial branch,” Chief Justice O’Connor said. “Over your time together, the charge of this task force will be to identify the method and manner by which Ohio courts are funded; determine the long-term efficacy of the current funding models; and review possible alternatives that might provide sustained and consistent funding for Ohio courts.”

Chief Justice O’Connor said a challenge for the task force will be to determine the collective dollar amount dedicated to the judicial system given the complicated, interwoven funding sources that varies depending on locality.

The task force is chaired by Judge Christopher Boyko of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Task force members consist of representatives of the Ohio Judicial Conference, all the judges associations, the Ohio State Bar Association, associations representing other major constituencies of the judicial branch, and members of the General Assembly.

The panel will meet throughout 2012 and 2013 and issue a report by the end of next year with specific recommendations for further costs savings and efficiencies.