Struthers, Campbell oppose Mahoning court consolidation
By jeanne starmack
Consolidating the lower courts in Mahoning County is not a welcome idea in either Campbell or Struthers, officials in those cities say.
The Mahoning County Bar Association is considering the idea and will make a recommendation to state Rep. Robert Hagan of Youngstown, D-58th, and state Sen. Joseph Schiavoni of Boardman, D-33rd, who may or may not present legislation consolidating the courts, said Brian Macala, Campbell’s law director.
The idea for the consolidation comes from the Ohio Supreme Court, which believes it is a good idea, he said.
The bar association is reviewing a report made by the National Center for State Courts that was released in June 2011, Macala explained. The study was funded in part by the Supreme Court, he said.
The report proposes the following scenario, Macala said: building a new building for Youngstown Municipal Court; combining Campbell and Struthers but using Campbell’s courtroom with some modifications; retaining the Mahoning County Court in Sebring; and combining Austintown, Canfield and Boardman county courts.
Struthers and Campbell city councils passed resolutions in the fall against consolidation.
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