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|Established|| 00, 1802|
|Disbanded|| Still Active |
|Last Modified||RBH June 25, 2020 12:24am|
The Supreme Court is the court of last resort in Ohio. Most of its cases are appeals from the twelve district courts of appeals. The Court may grant leave to appeal felony cases from the courts of appeals and may direct a court of appeals to certify its record in any misdemeanor or civil case that the Court finds to be "of public or great general interest." |
All the seats on the court are elected at large by the voters of Ohio. Every two years, two of the associate justice seats are up for election. For one of those 3 elections in a cycle, the chief justice's seat is up for election.
In order to run for a seat on the court, a person must be admitted to the Bar in Ohio, and have practiced as a lawyer or served as a judge for at least six years. There is an age limit: One may not run for a seat on the court if one is more than 70 years of age. The Governor of Ohio may appoint a Justice to the Court when there is a vacancy.
Officially, the judicial elections are non-partisan. However, in practical terms, all this means is that party designations for the candidates are left off the ballot and justices are restricted in making public political statements. Major and minor parties all nominate candidates for the court in their primary elections. The vast majority of justices have been nominated by the two major parties in Ohio, Democratic or Republican.