Judicial Candidate Information


Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431

Questions re: Canon 4 (campaign conduct and fundraising):

Richard A. Dove
Director Board of Professional Conduct

D. Allan Asbury
Senior Counsel
Board of Professional Conduct

Questions re: Ohio Elections Laws
(campaign finance reporting and disclaimers):

Your County Board of Elections

Secretary of State, Campaign Finance
Katie Zvolanek

This page contains information and resources for judicial candidates, members of judicial campaign committees, and other individuals involved in judicial campaigns or interested in rules applicable to judicial campaign conduct.

Notice to Year 2016 Judicial Candidates

2016 Judicial Candidate Handbook

Judicial Campaign Conduct and Finance Rules
Includes all provisions effective as of January 1, 2015

  • The U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, has effectively established an additional exception to the general prohibition against the solicitation of campaign contributions by judicial candidates. See Rule 4.4(A), Code of Judicial Conduct, and AFSCME v. Brunner, 912 F.Supp. 556 (S.D. Ohio 2012) (Rule 4.4(A) is unconstitutional as applied to judicial candidates who personally solicit campaign contributions from immediate family members).

Contribution Limits for Judicial Candidates
(for candidates running for judicial office in 2013 and thereafter)

Campaign Conduct; Enforcement and Sanction Rules

Advisory Opinions

Case Summaries
Judicial campaign complaints

Statutory Requirements for Newly Elected or Appointed Judges
Oaths, Bonds and Required Documentation

Judicial Oath of Office

Financial Disclosure for Judges, Magistrates, and Judicial Candidates

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