House Approves Addition Of Two Judges To Franklin County Court Of Common Pleas
Judgeships needed following uptick in caseload
November 01, 2017
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State Representatives Jim Hughes (R-Upper Arlington) and Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) today applauded the House’s passage of legislation that allows two judges to be added to the Domestic Relations Division of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

House Bill 174 aims to address the increase in caseload the court has been handling in recent years. Franklin County’s entire domestic relations and juvenile incoming caseload per judges in 2014 was the largest among the five major metropolitan counties in Ohio. The Ohio Supreme Court concluded that after analyzing caseload and population growth data, additional judges were warranted to support the increase in cases.

“Adding two judges to the Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas would help to meet the increasing demands of a growing population, and better serve the residents of Franklin County,” Rep. Hughes said.

Under the legislation, two judges will be added to the court, which currently contains five judgeships under the law. One judge would be elected in 2018 and one would be elected in 2020. The Domestic Relations Division includes matters relating to child and juvenile delinquency cases as well as divorces, legal separations and annulment cases.

“After evaluating the available statistics regarding caseloads and the projected population growth of Franklin County, it was evident to Rep. Hughes and myself that HB 174 was necessary to alleviate some of the issues within the court,” said Rep. Lanese. “The overwhelming support we received during the committee process further solidified our initial reasoning.”

The bill included an emergency clause to ensure that judgeship candidates could meet the filing deadline for the 2018 election.

House Bill 174 now goes to the Senate for further consideration.  

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