Web Site Privacy Policy

By visiting the Supreme Court of Ohio Web site you are accepting the practices described in this notice.

Cookies

On some of our pages we may receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. For example, we may use "cookies" to obtain certain types of information when you visit our site. Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser and to provide a more personalized experience. For example, one of our search pages uses cookies to store elements of your last search using that page so that you will not have to re-enter as much information on your next search. Most browsers allow you to control when cookies are written to your computer. However, cookies allow you to take full advantage of our personalization features and we therefore recommend that you leave them turned on. Check under "Help" in your browser for more information.

Attorney registration information

The information an attorney provides on the Certificate of Registration is placed on the computer system of the Supreme Court of Ohio and is used to administer the functions of the Supreme Court's Attorney Registration Section and Continuing Legal Education Office. An attorney's address and phone number also may be accessed by the Clerk's Office, in connection with the attorney's participation in cases, by other offices of the Supreme Court, in connection with other matters pending before the Supreme Court, or by ancillary agencies of the Supreme Court, including the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline and the Ohio Disciplinary Counsel, in connection with an attorney's involvement in a disciplinary matter.

All information provided on a Certificate of Registration is a public record, except to the extent provided in Gov. Bar R. VI Adobe PDF Link opens new window., Section 1(G). Under this provision, an attorney's residence phone number and social security number are not public record. In addition, an attorney's residence address is not public record unless the attorney has not provided a business address to the Attorney Registration Section.

The Certificate of Registration includes a separate section for IOLTA (Interest on Lawyer's Trust Accounts) information. The Attorney Registration Section collects this information from attorneys pursuant to Gov. Bar R. VI Adobe PDF Link opens new window., Sec. 1(F). All IOLTA information is forwarded to the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation (OLAF). The IOLTA information assists OLAF in administering the legal aid fund established under Revised Code Section 120.52 Link opens new window..

Agents

We sometimes contract with other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf. For example, we may hire a company or individual to develop a computer program, help maintain our computer network, or process online transactions. These parties have access to personal information needed to perform their functions, but may not use it for other purposes.

Protection of your personal information

We work to protect the security of your information during transmission by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts information you input. We will reveal only the last 5 digits of your credit card numbers when confirming a transaction. However, we transmit the entire credit card number to the appropriate credit card company during order processing. We do not store your credit card numbers on our computers. In order to prevent unauthorized use of your credit card we suggest that you sign off when finished using a shared computer, and take care not to allow unauthorized access to your computer or your passwords.

Access to your information

The Supreme Court of Ohio gives those who register online access to their registration information for the purpose of viewing and, in certain cases, updating that information.

Conditions of Use, Notices, and Revisions

If you choose to visit the Supreme Court of Ohio's Web site, your visit and any dispute over privacy is subject to this Policy and our Conditions of Use, including limitations on damages, arbitration of disputes, and application of the law of the state of Ohio. If you have any concern about privacy at the Supreme Court of Ohio's Web site, please send us a thorough description via our Feedback page, and we will try to resolve it. This notice and the Conditions of Use may change, and use of information we gather now is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time of use. You should check our Web site frequently for changes.

Automatic collection of information

We may collect and analyze certain information automatically: the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the internet; login; email address; password; computer and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system, and platform; registration history; the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL) clickstream to, through, and from our Web site, including date and time; cookie number; pages you viewed, or what you searched for.

Public Record

Visitors should be aware that, subject to certain statutory exceptions, most documents and records maintained by the state of Ohio, including but not limited to electronic data, are public records under Ohio law. Therefore, information submitted through this Web site may be subject to disclosure pursuant to a public records request.