Ohio Now An “Open Discovery” State

Legal DocumentsOhio is now an “open-discovery” state. That means prosecutors and defense lawyers must share more information up front than in the past, including police reports, witness statements and expert witness reports.  The American Bar Association has supported the information-sharing since 1994. About two dozen states have adopted similar laws. Numerous police agencies also adopted the new eyewitness-identification method.

After years of wrangling the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association and the Ohio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association agreed to change Criminal Rule 16.  Under the old rule, lawyers withheld witness statements until the witness testified. Then, the lawyers would have a bench conference with the judge to see whether the witness’ testimony conflicted with the prior statement.  The new procedure requires release of witness statements before trial.

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