Judge James A. Shriver is the Ohio Judicial Conference Chair
Judge James A. Shriver serves as the Judge of the Clermont County Common Pleas Court Probate/Juvenile Division. He was a former judge of the Clermont County Municipal Court for over 18 years. Through the years, Judge Shriver has been an active member of the Ohio Judicial Conference. Judge Shriver has served on the Specialized Dockets Committee, the Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, the Committee on Community Corrections, the Juvenile Law and Procedure Committee and the Probate Law and Procedure Committee. Judge Shriver co-chairs the Court Administration Committee. Judge Shriver presently chairs the Commission on Specialized Dockets of the Ohio Supreme Court and is Past-Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee and the Traffic Law Committee of the OSBA, and a past president of the Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio. Judge Shriver has received the President's Award for Judicial Excellence from the Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio as well as the distinguished C.J. McLin Award from the Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections. Other recognitions include the Wasserman Champion Award given for championing innovative services for consumers of mental health, alcohol and drug addiction services, the Safety and Justice Award from Clermont 20/20 and an award from the Clermont County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force. Judge Shriver organized Ohio's first OVI Court and now has a Family Dependency Treatment Court to address the needs of drug addicts who children have been removed and placed in the temporary custody of Children's Services.
The Ohio Judicial Conference is an independent statutory entity within the judicial branch of government.
Ohio Revised Code Section 105.91 sets forth our purpose:
To study the co-ordination of the work of the several courts of Ohio,
To encourage uniformity in the application of the law, rules, and practice throughout the state and within each division of the courts as an integral part of the judicial system of the state;
To promote an exchange of experience and suggestions respecting the operation of the judicial system; and
To consider the business and problems pertaining to the administration of justice and to make recommendations for its improvement.