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Chief Justice Says Opioid Crisis Hitting Ohio's Court System Hard

Katie Monahan, Ohio Supreme Court
Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor delivers the annual State of the Judiciary speech.

Courts are getting hit hard by the state’s opioid epidemic, according to the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. That was just one point in her annual state of the judiciary speech.

Maureen O’Connor advised judges to require tests for the drug fentanyl, and cautioned them that the opioid crisis isn’t limited to drug courts.  “From delinquency cases in juvenile courts to allocating parental rights in domestic relations courts to traffic issues that you may have. All that to say that the opioid problem is an elephant and an octopus. It’s hard to know where to start, but we must start somewhere,” O'Connor said.

O’Connor also noted concerns about court costs, saying that courts should not be ATMS for city councils nor mandated to self-fund from fines and fees. And she also pointed voters to, a site featuring all judicial candidates on the ballot this year.

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