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Fregiato recognized by Ohio Supreme Court

Updated: Tuesday, June 3 2014, 01:12 PM EDT
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio - Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato was recognized by the state of Ohio's Supreme Court for his diligence Tuesday morning, only months after his appointment.
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy made a special trip to the County Courthouse to publicly acknowledge what she says is an incredible feet turned in by the judge and the individuals he works with.
Fregiato inherited 132 cases that were behind the time guidelines in the state upon his installation by the Governor of Ohio in Aug., 2013. In the time, he's brought all but nine cases to completion.
He's also reduced the total case load from 447 cases to 237. That's a total of 210 cases. While he was working on those backlogged cases, he also had to take care of the new ones. Those total figures include new case files, which ultimately increases the numbers in the same time span.
Kennedy says it's truly a testament to Fregiato's time management and willingness to "come and do business" each and every day. Kennedy says she knows the diligence that's needed to work through the old cases while not losing sight of the new ones.
"There was a tremendous amount of backlog of delinquent cases that we have worked on every single day," Fregiato said. "And we've moved on and so we've almost completely eliminated the delinquency."
Kennedy thanked the judge for his work ethic.
"He's just one of those people who recognizes those guidelines as a "shall" and not a "maybe," she said. "So I think that's fantastic."
Kennedy called it a truly an amazing story and a testament to Belmont County, adding there is no "I" in team, and Fregiato is the epitome of that very statement.    
Fregiato said this all was achieved by a group of individuals and offices.

Fregiato recognized by Ohio Supreme Court

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