Juvenile court judge takes medical leave
MOUNT VERNON — Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Jennifer Springer has taken an extended leave of absence but has not provided the Ohio Supreme Court with a written reason for the leave, as required by the court’s guidelines.
Springer, who has been on a open-ended leave of absence since April 2, is required to notify the Supreme Court in writing with the reason for an extended absence as well as state the length of time she will be off. The only notice of Springer taking the leave was given verbally to the Supreme Court March 30 by Diane Randall, Springer’s court administrator, according to Anne Yeager, Supreme Court office of public information manager.
According to the Supreme Court’s guidelines for requesting visiting judges, a request may be made “by telephone or other means” as long as the judge making the request “promptly confirms” it in writing. It is up to the Supreme Court to choose the judge or judges.
Randall, speaking with the News, said Springer is on extended leave for medical reasons, but does not know when Springer will return to her duties on the bench.
Yeager said a judge must provide the Supreme Court with an indication of the length of a leave of absence, and the reason for it, if they are requesting the assignment of a visiting judge.