Five things you might not know about the 9th District Court:
1. Email notifications: In April, the court began offering free email notifications of new opinions. To subscribe, visit the court’s website, www.ninth.courts.state.oh.us/. The service currently has about 200 subscribers.
2. YouTube videos: The 9th district is the only of the 12 Ohio appellate districts that records oral arguments and posts them online. Since the court started the videos in January 2015, more than 35,000 viewers have tuned in. The countries with the most viewers are the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and South Africa.
3. Mobile court: The court doesn’t only meet in Summit County. Sessions also are held in Medina, Wayne and Lorain, the other counties in the district. The number of visits are determined by the number of appeals filed in each county. When on the road, the judges use common pleas courtrooms.
4. School visits: The court also holds sessions in local high schools, with students able to watch and ask questions afterward – about the process and not the cases that were heard that day. In the past 17 years, the court has visited about 40 schools. In 2018, this included Nordonia, St. Vincent-St. Mary and Stow-Munroe Falls high schools. The court hopes to increase the number of school visits, with three so far scheduled for the winter and spring of 2019. (Interested schools may call 330-643-2250 for more information.)
5. Women rule: In 2012, the court became the first of the Ohio appellate districts to have all women on the bench. This ended in 2016 when Judge Tom Teodosio was elected to the bench. Teodosio is outnumbered, though, serving with four female judges.
Source: 9th District Court of Appeals.