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Rules of Criminal Procedure: The Background of Draftsmanship


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While Ohio’s Rules of Criminal Procedure, effective July 1, 1973, are entirely new to the criminal law practitioners, it is not the purpose of this article to point out the difference between the present and the past in terms of how a criminal case should be prepared for trial and tried. Rather, the emphasis here is on the background of formulation of the rules in terms of Ohio's experience both in drafting rules and in borrowing and adapting rules from other fields, from other jurisdictions, and sometimes from other generations to achieve what the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio has described as the most advanced practices in the nation.