Ohio Federation of Republican Women hosted its first ever Judicial Day at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Center on June 10,2014. Six Morrow county Republican Women and their guests attended the event which included being able to sit in on an Ohio Supreme Court Case and listen to the oral arguments, tour the Supreme Court building, attend a catered lunch and speak with the justices.
The group was advised that the Constitution of Ohio separates our state government into three branches, each with distinct areas of responsibilities, the executive, the legislative and the judicial. According to the
law, the primary function of the judicial branch is to fairly and impartially settle disputes. The Supreme Court is the last resort to settle these disputes. The Constitution sets the size of the court at seven Supreme Court Justices, currently four (4) women and three (3) men, who are elected by the citizens of Ohio to sit on the bench; Chief Justice - Maureen O’Connor, Judith L. French, Judith Ann Lanzinger, Sharen L. Kennedy, William M. O’Neil,Paul E. Pfeifer and Terrence O’Donnell. These justices hear oral arguments, deliberate on cases and conduct other business in the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center, the Courts home sits next to the lovely Scioto River at 65 South Front Street in Columbus, Ohio.
Justice Kennedy told the group that the Supreme Court of Ohio is the peoples house. She said the doors to
the building are open to all and encourages citizens to visit. The building was originally known as the Ohio Departments building. After a four year renovation to restore the buildings monumental lobbies, grand hallways and beautiful hearing rooms it opened in 2004, to house the Supreme Court and it’s affiliated offices. The building is full of historical murals, sculptures, inscriptions and symbols that tell the story about people who built Ohio.
Submitted by Brenda Harden.