Last updated: October 25, 2013
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.
This court building is also known as the Franklin County Hall of Justice. Courthouse visitors are encouraged to park at the S. Front Street Parking Garage a block away. The garage is on Front St., north of Fulton. If you need a bite to eat, grab something quick in the first floor's cafeteria.
This court is in the Franklin County Government Center. The entrance has three addresses written on it and leads to two different courthouses. Make sure you head to the 373 County Court and not the 375 Municipal Court.
Also located in the Franklin County Court House, the Domestic Relations Division handles divorce, annulment, dissolution, and legal separation actions. The office also handles the civil protection orders resulting from domestic violence allegations. See the court's information page for answers to further questions.
The Juvenile Division (Tel: (614) 525-4411) handles many types of cases involving minors including: delinquency, abuse, neglect, and custody, and child support. Consequently, there are several other county agencies that may also work on your case. The Juvenile Department's informational page includes links to Protective Services, Franklin County Children Services, and the Child Support Enforcement Agency as well as a brief description of each agency's potential role.
This court has authority over: estate administrations, trusts, guardianship cases, mental health proceedings, court-ordered medicine and other related administrative tasks and litigation.
Bring your quarters for the metered parking. If you run out, there's a Chase Bank a block South from the courthouse on Sandusky. There are some spaces on to park on the block, but on a busy day, be prepared to walk a few blocks.
The Juvenile Court oversees cases involving minors, whether civil or criminal in nature, and including child custody and abuse cases. The Probate Division handles cases relating to wills, estates, and guardianships. It can be reached by phone at: (740) 833-2680.
The building is located where E. Central runs into Columbus Pike. See the court's website for juror information, court costs, answers to frequently asked questions, and other pieces of helpful information.
This court has the power to hear every type of case in Fairfield County, except those that must be heard in federal court. The building itself is also known as the "Hall of Justice." The parking along the side of the Hall is limited to 30 minutes. Other options are available and are highlighted on a map provided by the court.
This municipal court handles all stages of misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases and the beginning phases of felony cases. The court also oversees civil matters with $15,000 or less at issue or when a landlord and tenant are in conflict.
The court's website features a page with answers to frequently asked questions. You will find driving directions to court, instructions for obtaining records, and information related to jury service. Park for free on the streets surrounding the courthouse.
This court has jurisdiction over all felony cases and many types of civil cases. You can't miss the building. It's situated in the town square, and Main Street runs right through it. If you're from elsewhere in the county, park the car in the square and take in some of the many local restaurants and shops. Other departments in this courthouse and their contact numbers are:
Title Department, Main Office:
The municipal court has authority over all traffic cases and criminal misdemeanors in Licking County. The court may also oversee felony cases in the pre-trial phases. On the civil side, this court hears cases with up to $15,000 at issue. Visit the court's website for general driving directions.
The court has multiple divisions including: Civil, Criminal, Probate, and Juvenile Court. Check for unmetered parking on W. Mound Street.
Check online for general information, court schedules, rules of court, and information on parenting classes.
Ohio's Supreme Court is the "court of last resort." It may assert its jurisdiction in a number of ways, but most commonly hears cases that have been appealed from the court of appeals. Visitors may park a block north in the LeVeque Tower Parking Garage. Many of the court's visitors come from all over Ohio. If you're from out of town, make the most of your trip and see the Places of Interest in the Moyer Center.
Federal criminal and civil cases in the Columbus area begin in this court. As with other federal buildings, this facility requires guests to show a photo ID upon arrival. Click the above link for the court's directions to the courthouse.