The decision of the court of common pleas in all cases for the removal of officers may be reviewed on appeal on questions of law by the court of appeals. The transcript of the record and the notice of appeal shall be filed in the court of appeals in not more than thirty days after the decision is rendered and the journal entry made by the court of common pleas. Such notice of appeal may be filed only after leave has been granted by the court of appeals for good cause shown at a hearing of which the attorneys for both the officer and the prosecution have been notified. The court of appeals has jurisdiction to hear such case at any place in the judicial district in which such court may be sitting, and such court shall hear such case in not more than thirty court days after the filing of the notice of appeal. The decision of the court of appeals in refusing to allow a notice of appeal to be filed, or in the passing upon the merits of the case in the appellate proceedings, shall be final. If the court of appeals reviews the proceedings provided for in section 3.08 of the Revised Code in any county within its judicial district other than the county where the officer complained against resides, said court of appeals shall transmit its findings with the reasons therefor to the clerk of the court of common pleas of the county where the officer complained against resides, with instructions to said clerk to make the findings of said court a matter of record upon the journal of said court in the county where the officer complained against resides. In all cases involving the removal of an officer against whom a complaint has been filed in the court of appeals, the officer has the right of review or appeal to the supreme court on leave first obtained, and such court shall hear such case in not more than thirty court days after leave has been granted. In other respects such hearing shall follow the regular procedure in appealable cases which originate in the court of appeals.
If any officer is removed and the law provides no means for filling the vacancy, the board of elections in the county where the removed officer resides shall order a special election to fill such vacancy in the unit of government in which such officer was elected.
Effective Date: 10-01-1953 .