It's a great time to be in Columbus. The economy is doing well, the press has been recognizing us for our achievements, and the Buckeyes are bowl eligible. The Columbus Area is thriving, and that means government services will be at peak performance (hey, we can hope). In any event, the region's courts are still open, and are as numerous as ever. This guide is here to help you make sure that you can find the correct facility and handle your business when you get there.
Many of your typical court matters involving individuals will begin in the Municipal or County Court. In the Columbus Area, each of the counties has a municipal court that rules in misdemeanor and traffic violation cases, as well as civil matters with up to $15,000 at issue. Additionally, the Ohio Constitution creates a Court of Common Pleas in each county. They oversee felony cases, civil cases with more than $15,000 at issue, probate cases, and other matters not handled by Municipal and County Courts. See the Ohio Supreme Court's Judicial System Chart for a display of how an Ohio case might proceed. Other legal matters may be decided in the federal court system.