by Randy Ludlow, The Columbus Dispatch
An Ohio Supreme Court ruling last week brings with it a reminder.
When seeking court records, cite Rules 43-47 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio — not the Public Records Act.
The courts control their own records and are exempt from the Public Records Act, Section 149.43 of the Ohio Revised Code.
The Supreme Court threw out an appeal by the village of Richfield, which was seeking records that had been sealed in Akron Municipal Court, in part because it incorrectly sought them under the Public Records Act rather than the court’s own rules.
Court records are among the most readily available and accessible in Ohio and requests in writing generally are not required. But, if you do request court records in writing, be certain to cite the court rules.