heard oral arguments at the Chester Courthouse May
is the first time since June 30, 1841 that an
official court proceeding has been held here,
according to Steven L. Story.
The appeals court is made up of four judges:
Presiding Judge Peter B. Abele of Athens,
Administrative Judge William H. Harsha of
Chillicothe, Judge Roger L. Kline of Circleville,
and Judge Mathew W. McFarland of Portsmouth. The
Judges work daily from chambers in their home
counties, but hear oral arguments on a traveling
basis, as a true circuit court.
The Court directly reviews all cases heard or tried
in lower courts in which a decision is being
appealed, regardless of the nature of the case. Ohio
guarantees the right to an intermediate appeal,
unlike other states, including West Virginia, Story
Cases argued during the day included civil and
crunubak cases from Athens , Gallia,, and Meigs
counties. The district is made up of Meigs and 13
Counties: Adams, Athens, Gallia, Highland, Hocking,
Jackson, Lawrence, Pickaway, Pike, Ross Scioto,
Vinton and Washington. Judges usually only
visit a county to hear arguments if three or more
cases are scheduled. Story said the appeals
court has not heard arguments at the Meigs County
Courthouse in several years.
Following the official proceedings, the Meigs County
Bar Association presented the appeals court and the
Chester-Shade Historical Association with plaques
commemorating the proceedings.