• Court of Appeals Takes the Court to the Community

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    September 06, 2017

    Court of Appeals Takes the Court to the Community

    For the first time in recent history, Hamilton County’s First District Court of Appeals will be taking the court to different communities with the first being held in Colerain Township.  All are welcome to attend.  When Judge Marilyn Zayas was elected in November of 2016, she decided that the community should have more knowledge about the Court of Appeals.  Growing up in a tough neighborhood in New York City, Judge Marilyn Zayas understands the value that exposure to new experiences brings.  Judge Marilyn Zayas has the distinction of being the first elected Latina to an Ohio appellate court.
    “In these community offsite court sessions, real court cases will be heard the same as if we were in our usual courtroom,” shared Judge Marilyn Zayas.  “It is my hope that there will be more sites that can accommodate the court, and we can hold more arguments and enlarge Hamilton County’s access to and knowledge of the Court of Appeals,” she further stated.
    The Court of Appeals is where individuals seek review of a decision made in a lower trial court.  One side argues that the trial court made a mistake that should be fixed by the Court of Appeals.  The other side argues that what took place in the trial court was proper under the law.  A three judge panel presides over each case to ensure a more thorough review and an effective way to eliminate any prejudices. 
    A list of all of the upcoming offsite sessions are as follows: