The Supreme Court of Ohio is the highest court in the U.S. state of Ohio, with final authority over interpretations of Ohio law and the Ohio Constitution. The court has seven members, a chief justice and six associate justices, each serving six-year terms. Since 2004, the court has met in the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center (formerly known as the Ohio Departments Building) on the east bank of the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. Prior to 2004, the court met in the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower and earlier in the Judiciary Annex (now the Senate Building) of the Ohio Statehouse.
The Ohio Supreme Court and the rest of the judiciary is established and authorized within Article IV of the Ohio Constitution.
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 three 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 any Ohio court if one is more than 70 years of age. This limit often forces the retirement of long-time justices. Justice Francis E. Sweeney, Sr., was barred by this rule from running for re-election in 2004. However, a judge who reaches the age of 70 after being elected is not prevented from completing her or his term in office.
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As first time visitors to the Ohio Supreme Court building, we impressed by the handcrafted details and murals in the court rooms. The educational center had important and sometimes odd court cases... more »
Everything about our trip was great, from scheduling our small group, to working with the eduction specialist, to exploring public areas of the building. The building contains so much history and... more »
I had a delightful afternoon touring this beautiful building with friends. It was well worth the time spent
I had to attend because my boss set up a tour of the building, I wish I remembered the name of our tour guide, he was amazing, the building is gorgeous, there is so many things to see on each corner. Will definitely be back for another tour!
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