You do not need to be an Ohio attorney to keep up on legal news that might be of interest to consumers. People who live in the Dayton area have several online resources available to them that can keep them informed about cases and legal developments in the courts in the region. Anyone with access to the Internet can use these materials.
For example, the Daily Court Reporter focuses on Montgomery County, Ohio, but also reports on statewide matters. It covers all types of stories, from the outcome of appeals to bills pending in the state Legislature. A recent examination of the Daily Court Reporter revealed stories on the University of Dayton and Wright State University, a bill that would tighten standards for boiler safety, sealing records of sex offenders, veterans benefits and much more.
The stories cover both criminal and civil matters and are updated throughout the day. For full access to all the features of the site, one must purchase a paid subscription, currently $75 a year. This subscription allows viewers to sort results, filter when sorting and access older materials. The length of time materials are available free depends on the type of item. News stories are available longer than building permits, for example.
The Dayton Daily News, the area’s newspaper, has a section on legal and crime news that is searchable and does not require a subscription for access. The stories focus primarily on arrests and criminal convictions. The section has a feature that publishes photos of people recently booked into area jails.
The Daily Law Journal is sponsored by several area media outlets, including the Dayton Daily News, the Springfield News Sun, the Journal News, the Middletown Journal , Today’s Pulse and the Oxford Press. A feature of this resource is the ability to search cases in courts that include:
- Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, Civil Division
- Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, Domestic Relations Division
- Montgomery County Probate Court
- Montgomery County Municipal Court Calendar Assignments
- Dayton Municipal Court
- Dayton Municipal Court Calendar Assignments
- Kettering Municipal Court Calendar Assignments
- Kettering Municipal Court New Suits
- Kettering Municipal Court Judgments
- Miamisburg Municipal Court Calendar Assignments
- Miamisburg Municipal Court New Suits
- Miamisburg Municipal Court Judgements
- Vandalia Municipal Court
The Daily Law Journal also includes local judges’ schedules, trial dockets and all types of legal notices for Montgomery County, from dog licenses to marriage licenses. Viewers can access the Web pages of area sheriffs’ offices, including Butler County, Clark County, Greene County, Miami County, Warren County and Montgomery County.
The Montgomery County Law Library provides a wide range of materials and services, including access to many local court and legal resources online. The library is open to the public and is housed in the Montgomery County courts building.
Users of these resources should be aware that access does not substitute for legal advice from an Ohio attorney. However, consumers can obtain a good picture of issues and events involving the legal system in Dayton, Montgomery County and Ohio generally by checking the websites listed here.