Ohio court uses video hearings to improve efficiency

CANTON, Ohio (AP) – Judges for the only Ohio appellate court conducting oral arguments by video say that option is saving time and travel in a district that covers 15 northeast Ohio counties.

The Repository newspaper reports that a $14,395 Ohio Supreme Court grant funded the video conferencing project, which the Fifth District Court of Appeals implemented to streamline operations and improve overall convenience.

Judge W. Scott Gwin says the appellate court is among the top three for caseload out of Ohio’s 12 districts. In terms of population, the Fifth District is the largest appellate court in the state.

Gwin says the project is useful because it frees up time for judges to research cases and write opinions.

The judges acknowledged that some bugs and technical issues still need to be addressed.

Information from: The Repository

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