Ohio’s legislature approved of one constitutional amendment related to the courts in 2011:
HJR 1 (Constitutional Amendment) Increases judicial retirement age from 70 to 75. Eliminates the General Assembly’s authority to establish courts of conciliation. Eliminates the Governor’s authority to appoint members to a Supreme Court Commission.
New laws or resolutions affecting the courts enacted or adopted by the Ohio legislature in 2011 include the following:
HB 5 Consolidates references to costs and fees, other than attorney fees, that apply in courts of record, generally organizes costs and fees according to the courts in which they apply, and cross-references the Revised Code sections that create the costs and fees. Requires the Ohio Judicial Conference to adjust each dollar amount set forth in the provision of law that specifies the amount of various types of property that is exempt from execution, garnishment, attachment, or sale to reflect the change in the consumer price index or other generally available comparable index. Requires the Ohio Judicial Conference to prepare a memorandum specifying those adjusted dollar amounts and to transmit that memorandum to the Director of the Legislative Service Commission who must publish that memorandum in the Register of Ohio. Allows the Ohio Judicial Conference to publish that memorandum in any other manner it concludes will be reasonably likely to inform persons who are affected by its adjustment of the dollar amounts.