Court of Appeals to hear cases in Fulton County for first time since 2013

Staff Report

The Sixth District Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in Fulton County later this month for the first time in nine years.

The Court normally hears oral arguments at its courthouse in Toledo. On April 27, the court will hold a special session of oral arguments in the renovated Fulton County Courthouse.

The Ohio courts of appeals are established in the Ohio constitution and their primary function is to decide appeals from the common pleas, municipal, and county courts. The state is divided into 12 appellate districts. The Sixth District Court of Appeals decides appeals from all trial courts across Erie, Fulton, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams, and Wood counties.

All cases are heard and decided by a three-judge panel, comprised of judges who are elected to their position by voters within this same region. There are five elected judges on the Sixth District Court of Appeals: Presiding Judge Myron Duhart and Judges Mark Pietrykowski, Thomas Osowik, Christine Mayle and Gene Zmuda.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals functions much like the Ohio or United States Supreme Court in that it determines whether the decision of the lower court should be affirmed or reversed, and its decisions become binding law, or precedent, for future cases within its eight-county territory.

Three cases will be heard at the Fulton County Courthouse, beginning at 10 a.m. on April 27. They are Row vs. Row, State of Ohio vs. Rafael Sepeda, and Henry County Banks vs. Dudley.

The three-judge panel for these cases will consist of Presiding Judge Myron Duhart and Judges Christine Mayle and Gene Zmuda.

These arguments are open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at the courthouse 20 minutes ahead of time.

Questions regarding the April 27 session may be directed to Sixth District Court of Appeals Court Administrator Jason A. Hill at (419) 213-4577.

Staff Report