“I was wrongly convicted of murder. I spent nearly 17 years in prison fighting my case. When I finally won a new trial, I chose Greg Robey to be a part of my defense team. He found an FBI agent who had worked on the case in the 1980s, along with critical pieces of evidence that we thought were long lost. After a long and very hard-fought trial, I was found Not Guilty of all charges. I owe my freedom to Greg Robey and my defense team.” -R.R., Ravenna, Ohio
The Supreme Court of Ohio is the highest court of the state, and decisions of the court can only be overturned by the United States Supreme Court. Ohio’s Supreme Court makes decisions in individual cases as the final court of appeals, but it also serves as the top authority in all matters of the state court system and the regulation of attorneys in Ohio.
The Supreme Court of Ohio is known as the state’s last resort because most of the cases that go before the justices are from the 12 district courts of appeals. In some cases, the court will set a hearing for appeals to be heard, and in other cases, the decision of the court is based only on a review of prior appeals. In addition, because of the finality of capital punishment, the Supreme Court of Ohio hears all cases in which the defendant has been sentenced to death in an Ohio trial court.
The Supreme Court of Ohio is comprised of seven justices, including the chief justice. All justices are publicly elected for six-year terms on a nonpartisan ballot. The justices perform their duties from the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center in Columbus.
If you would like a decision on your case by the Supreme Court of Ohio, then the case must be properly filed for it to be heard by the justices. All cases must be filed by the deadline, and the court does not accept motions for cases to be filed out of rule. In some situations, you may be allowed to ask for an extension before the deadline has passed. The Supreme Court of Ohio may require oral arguments to be heard before a decision is reached. Hearings for oral arguments are held two weeks per month from September to June.