Hamilton County Law Library


The Hamilton County Law Library provides legal research services and resources to the elected officials, judges, lawyers, and the public of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio.

Visit our new blog site!
 Friday, January 9, 2015 10:03 AM
The Hamilton County Law Library is happy to announce the launch of our new website!  Beginning this week, all blog posts will now be posted exclusively to the blog page on the new site. Please feel free to visit us there. The URL for the website is: lawlibrary.hamiltoncountyohio.gov The URL for the blog page is:  http://lawlibrary.hamiltoncountyohio.gov/news/blog/

Judge Spiegel, remembered
 Friday, January 2, 2015 1:24 PM
U.S. District Judge Arthur Spiegel died on Wednesday at the age of 94. Spiegel had served on the court since 1980 when he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter. He presided over such high profile matters as the Cincinnati anti-gay rights charter amendment, the Fernald uranium processing plant settlement and a case involving Timothy Thomas, whose shooting by Cincinnati police in 2001 sparked

Top legal news of 2014
 Wednesday, December 31, 2014 11:21 AM
In honor of New Year's Eve and in order to reflect on events of this past year we offer you a round-up of top legal news lists from various sources on the web. Happy New Year, everyone! Westlaw Legal Solutions Blog has published the Top 20 Legal Events of 2014 in three parts, detailing various cases and events that have shaped the legal world this past year. Some notable aspects: Supreme Court

Ohio traffic cameras still making headlines
 Tuesday, December 30, 2014 11:28 AM
Traffic cameras have had a contentious time recently in Ohio, and the after-effects of court hearings and legislation about their use may continue into the new year. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the attorney for Bradley Walker, a Kentucky man who challenged Toledo's procedures for assessing penalties from traffic cameras, has filed a motion asking the Ohio Supreme Court to reconsider their

Employees who report abuse/neglect are protected from employment retaliation, rules SCO
 Monday, December 29, 2014 1:03 PM
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled last Tuesday that an Ohio law provides protection from employment retaliation for employees who report suspicions of abuse and neglect of residents of long term care facilities to entities other than the Ohio director of health. The case before the Court involved registered nurse team manager Patricia Hulsmeyer, who was terminated from her position with Hospice of

Happy Holidays from the Law Library!
 Friday, December 26, 2014 11:14 AM
For your holiday reading pleasure, we offer you the classic poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," lawyer-style.  Recently posted by the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, "The Night Before Christmas Legally Speaking" has made its rounds on the Internet for nearly two decades, although it's author is unknown. So, please enjoy this, just a few days late. And Happy Holidays to all! Whereas, on or about the

Ohio redistricting resolution headed to voters in November
 Tuesday, December 23, 2014 10:45 AM
Just before adjourning for the year, the Ohio legislature passed a bipartisan measure to govern redistricting of Ohio's legislative districts. House Joint Resolution 12, which was passed with only 9 "no" votes between both the House and Senate, will be placed on the ballot for voters statewide to decide whether to adopt as an amendment to the Ohio Constitution in November. The resolution,

Sixth Circuit strikes down ban on gun ownership for those previously committed to mental institutions
 Friday, December 19, 2014 3:56 PM
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a federal law yesterday that prohibits a person who has been committed to a mental institution from owning a gun. Judge Boggs, writing for the Court, found that the law violated the Second Amendment. He was joined by Judges Siler and Gibbons in his opinion. The case originated in Michigan with Clifford Charles

Toledo can continue using red light cameras with existing civil penalty process, rules Ohio Supreme Court
 Thursday, December 18, 2014 12:14 PM
The Supreme Court of Ohio issued an opinion today that upholds Toledo's system of penalties for traffic violations caught by the city's red light traffic cameras. According to the opinion, in 2008 Toledo enacted a municipal code provision that permitted their traffic camera system to assess civil penalties on drivers who are caught speeding or running red lights. The system consists of both a

Settlement agreement reached in rap video case against local schools, police
 Wednesday, December 17, 2014 10:36 AM
WCPO reports today that a settlement agreement has been reached in the federal lawsuit four African-American students filed against the Northwest Local School District and Colerain Township police earlier this year. The suit alleges that Northwest Local Schools and several officers from the Colerain Township Police Department violated the students' constitutional rights when they held,