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Entries and court dates can be found via the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Clerk’s Office at 614-525-3650.
The main difference between the two is that probation (or Community Control) is a court sanction of community supervision in lieu of a prison sentence. Parole (or Post-Release Control) is granted after an offender has served a set prison term, and then released under certain guidelines.
If paying in person, you will provide cash, money order, or credit card to the Franklin County Clerk of Courts located at:345 S High Street1st FloorColumbus, OH 43215
If you are mailing in a payment, you must use a money order or cashier’s check made payable to the Franklin County Clerk of Courts and mail to:
Franklin County Clerk of Courts345 S High Street1st FloorColumbus, OH 43215
You must provide probationer name and case number on the money order or cashier’s check.
Offenders are required to report the next business day after they are released from incarceration. The intake process takes approximately one hour.
Go to the Franklin County sex offender registry
Yes, please submit an application for each job in which you are interested.
If the minimum qualifications of a position require a degree, license or certification, you are required to attach documentation demonstrating you meet the requirement. Supporting documentation can include a transcript or a photo or scanned image of the document. Some positions may also require a writing sample.
No. The Court requires that you complete the entire application. Incomplete applications may not be considered. Cover letters and resumes are considered supplemental materials and are not required.
You are required to provide a minimum of three professional references, preferably current or past supervisors. Personal references should not be submitted.
Once you apply for a position, your application will be retained for consideration for up to 6 months.
Email Human Resources with your request.
Email Human Resources with your updated information.
Complete and submit the appropriate document to Human Resources:
Direct deposit is required, if you are changing your bank or bank account, simply complete the Direct Deposit Form and submit it to Human Resources.
Complete the CME Deduction Form and submit to Human Resources.
Typically open enrollment is a two week period during the fall months. Employees can opt in or out of benefit programs, adjust life insurance coverage, and change beneficiaries during open enrollment. Employees that elect to participate in Flexible Spending Account programs must do so each year, otherwise they will be removed from the program.
You may change your health, life, and disability insurance coverage, and in some cases your Flexible Spending Account, when one or more of the following qualifying life events occur:
Contact the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) at 800-222-7377. After speaking with OPERS you decide to retire, contact Human Resources to plan for your transition.
The Franklin County Common Pleas Court - General Division is comprised of diverse, talented and motivated individuals.
While working for the Court, pay is only part of the total compensation package you will receive. The Court offers employees a multitude of benefit programs.
The Court is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.
Search and apply for Franklin County Common Pleas Court - General Division employment opportunities.
Contact Human Resources.
You can call the Human Resources Supervisor at 614.525.5628 or email Human Resources for this request.
View a map of the complex, which includes parking information.
Please note there is a cost to park in these garages; the garage accepts cash (low denominations) and credit/debit card.
Typically, upon arrival, we will provide a copy of the interview questions. You will have 30 minutes to review the questions. Next, you will meet with an interview panel for about 1 hour. An interview panel is composed of 4 to 5 Court employees. Finally, you will participate in an assessment designed to assess your skills and knowledge related to the position.
Please note there is a cost to park in these garages; the garage accepts cash (small denominations) and credit/debit card.
Applicants can check the status of their application by signing into their application account.
Applicants that are considered for the position will undergo a pre-employment background check, this can take a considerable amount of time. Ultimately, applicants that are not selected for a position will receive an emailed notice.
Typically, new employees
Complete and bring with you the below forms. Please note HR will complete the Agency Number or Employee Number required on any form.
In conjunction with these forms, please bring your driver’s license and social security card. We will need to complete an I-9 based upon this information. If you do not have one or both documents, please see the following list of acceptable documents:
If you have previously worked for a public entity in Ohio, please provide HR a letter of service from that entity. This information helps to establish vacation accrual rates and a current sick leave balance. It is important that the letter include the following information from each public entity:
See our Payroll Processing Calendar.
Please note, that the first check is typically a hard check as direct deposit has yet to be established.
Healthcare benefits begin the 1st day of the month after a 30 day waiting period. Find the month you started work in to see the date healthcare benefits will begin.
Court employees benefit from several different leave types: Personal, Sick and Vacation.
Employees receive 3 personal days each calendar year. New employees are permitted to use personal leave for which they are eligible for upon completion of 90 days of employment. Depending on the hire date, new employees are eligible for:
Sick leave begins to accrue upon 1st day of hire and accrues at a rate of 4.6 hours per pay and is immediately available to employee upon accrual.
New employees with no prior public service receive 40 hours of vacation leave upon completion of 6 months. Employees receive another 40 hours of vacation leave upon conclusion of 1 year; thereafter begin to accrue 3.1 hours of vacation per pay. Vacation accrual rates are adjusted based upon years of service:
Finding a nearby affordable parking lot can be challenging. Take the time to research the best option for you.
There is parking available in parking garages, parking lots, meters and some employees are even able to find free parking spots.
Each Court employee is able to use their Court ID badge to utilize Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) bus service at no cost to the employee. This benefit can be used by the employee at any time while employed and is available for local and express routes.
Employees can also bike to work and store their bike in a secured location at no cost. If employees decide that biking, running or walking to work is a great way to commute, we have showers that employees can use to be fresh for the day.
Although not often, weather and other events may interfere with Court operations. When this happens, the Court sends notices in a variety of manners:
If you are interested in an externship with a Judge, you will need to contact their staff directly. That information can be found at https://www.fccourts.org/31/Judiciary. Please connect with their Bailiff or Staff Attorney.
RULE 88. Appointment of a Foreign Language Interpreter or Sign Language Interpreter.
(A) When appointment of a foreign language interpreter is required
A court shall appoint a foreign language interpreter in a case or court function in either of the following situations:
(1) A party or witness who is limited English proficient or non-English speaking requests a foreign language interpreter and the court determines the services of the interpreter are necessary for the meaningful participation of the party or witness;
(2) Absent a request from a party or witness for a foreign language interpreter, the court concludes the party or witness is limited English proficient or non-English speaking and determines the services of the interpreter are necessary for the meaningful participation of the party or witness.
(B) When appointment of a sign language interpreter is required
(1) A court shall appoint a sign language interpreter in a case or court function in either of the following situations:
(a) A party, witness, or juror who is deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf blind requests a sign language interpreter;
(b) Absent a request from a party, witness, or juror for a sign language interpreter, the court concludes the party, witness, or juror is deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf blind and determines the services of the interpreter are necessary for the meaningful participation of the party, witness, or juror.
(2) When appointing a sign language interpreter pursuant to division (B)(1) of this rule, the court shall give primary consideration to the method of interpretation chosen by the party, witness, or juror, in accordance with 28 C.F.R. 35.160(b)(2), as amended.
You must provide at least 48-hours notice to schedule interpreting services. To request an interpreter you must complete and submit this form to Caroline Kopel in person or via email.
Should you need additional information, refer to the contact information below.
Caroline Kopel, Language Access CoordinatorFranklin County Common Pleas Court - General DivisionAdministration345 S High Street, 2nd floorColumbus, OH 43215Phone: 614.525.3761Fax: 614.525.4480
Email Language Access Coordinator
Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To cancel or reschedule an interpreter, contact the Language Access Coordinator either by email or phone at 614.525.3761.
Judges and court staff are not permitted to provide legal advice. You should contact your attorney if possible. The Columbus Bar Association has a lawyer referral service for both civil and criminal actions, the Legal Aid Society of Columbus will sometimes represent persons who cannot afford a lawyer in a civil action, and the Court can appoint a public defender for those who cannot afford counsel in criminal matters. Find more resources at Franklin County Law Library.
Please access the Franklin County Clerk of Courts Online Case Information site.
Courtrooms and procedures are open to the public. However, certain subject matters may be inappropriate for small children and younger adults. Discretion should be taken in these instances.
The address and phone number of the court are:Franklin County Common Pleas Court345 S High StreetColumbus, OH 43215Assignment Phone: 614.525.3453
Follow directions to the courthouse.
See the Clerk of Courts’ online records.
The court is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact the Court directly for holiday hours. The Court is closed on certain holidays.
The magistrates’ offices are located at:Common Pleas Courthouse345 S High StreetColumbus, OH 43215
We currently have 17 Judges in the General Division.
The clerk’s offices are located at:
Please refer to the civil protection stalking order (CSPO) page for more information.
There are some cases that are tried directly to a judge or a 3-judge panel rather than to a jury.
Common Pleas Judges are elected to serve six-year terms.
You may bring your cell phone or pager to Court; however, they must be turned off prior to entering any courtroom.
Contact the Stacy Worthington, Director of Court Support Services, at 614.525.2529.
Parties have the right to represent themselves. However, doing so puts them at a distinct disadvantage. The law is complex. Failure to follow proper procedures or to inform this Court of relevant legal authority can result in judgment being entered against a party.
Lawyers may be found through the following resources:
Please refer to Transcripts page for information on obtaining a court transcript.
There are two Franklin County garages connected to the Court Complex.
Costs vary depending on length of time in garage
There is also parking at the Columbus Commons Garage as well as a number of other surface lots adjacent to the Courthouse.
Proper attire is expected at all court proceedings. Shorts and/or tank tops are not permitted. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off before entering any courtroom.
After all the jurors have been checked in, you will go through our juror orientation program. Our juror orientation video is viewed and the Jury Managers will go over many other areas of concern. Also included in the orientation is a visit by the Duty Judge, welcoming the new jury pool to their service. The entire orientation will last about 1 hour. After orientation, we can start assigning new jurors to courtroom service.
Work Verifications/Proof of Service Reports will be provided for you at the completion of your service. We do not keep track of the actual hours you spend in court, only the number of days that you report. Your employment is protected by law while you are serving as a juror. If you have any problems with your employer in connection with your jury service, please notify the Jury Commission immediately.
To answer your question directly, yes. Your jury summons is an official court order. If anyone fails to report for jury duty without a lawful excuse from the court, they may be brought before the court for possible contempt of court proceedings. If found in contempt by the judge, the court may impose a fine and/or other punishment as provided by Ohio law.
Indirectly, let us say this. Without jurors, the jury system cannot work the way the authors of the Constitution of the United States wanted it to. We realize the sacrifice that we are asking you to make. We also understand that you may be apprehensive about being called to serve. However, the overwhelming majority of people who serve find the experience to be highly rewarding.
When asked, most people say they wouldn’t mind to do it again sometime in the future. Jury duty for most people will mean a substantial, though temporary, change to your everyday life, rearranging schedules and missing work. But if you were ever involved in a dispute or charged with a criminal offense, wouldn’t you want someone just like you to make those same sacrifices in order to be a part of your jury?
Normal business hours for the court are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are in the jury pool, your report time will be 9 a.m. everyday and you will need to remain in the jury assembly room until released for the day by the Jury Managers. You will be released for lunch from Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Release times each day will vary, but usually fall between 2 and 4 p.m. If you are seated as a sworn juror, the judge on your case will tell you what time to report each day. Please expect to be here until 5 p.m. when actually seated on a jury.
The drawing of prospective jurors each year is a completely random process. There really isn’t a good explanation of why some people are called more than once when others haven’t been called at all. You may be interested to know that 90% of the people who report for jury duty have never served before!
You should treat the summons as you would any other piece of mail that does not belong to you. Simply write "Not at This Address - Return to Sender" on the outside of the summons and put it back in the mail. We will process it as an undelivered summons.
We apologize for any undue hardship this has caused. Please mark the outside of the summons "Deceased" and return it to our office. We will be sure to take the name out of our system. You should also contact the Board of Elections to make sure they have been notified that the family member is deceased. Otherwise, the name will remain on their records, allowing us to have access to it each year when new jurors are pulled.
The General Division of the Common Pleas Court hears cases that are criminal and civil in nature. Criminal cases in the Court of Common Pleas are on a felony-level and punishable by a sentence of six months or more in a state penal institution. Civil cases filed in this court involve civil disputes exclusive of probate or family law matters. Examples of civil cases include personal injury claims, medical malpractice, and contract disputes.
Your name was obtained from the list of registered voters in Franklin County, which was provided by the Board of Elections. The drawing of prospective jurors is performed according to statutory guidelines, which assure a random selection of a fair cross-section of the community.
Being a registered voter is not a pre-requisite to serving. Your voting record (how you voted or voting frequency) has nothing to do with your ability to be selected. It is only the source list that is used to obtain jurors’ names.
You do not need any special skills, training, or legal knowledge to be a juror. You do need to be able to listen carefully, follow instructions, keep an open mind, and be willing to make a decision free from personal feelings or biases. As a juror, you will be responsible for impartially evaluating all the facts that are presented to you during the trial and, as the judge instructs, apply the law as it is written to the facts of the case.
First, don’t panic! Second, please take the time to read it! A common mistake many people make is simply not reading through the summons. Much time and preparation went into the design of our summons.
Some of your initial questions and concerns will be easily addressed through the information contained in the jury summons itself. It will explain briefly:
If after reading through the summons and/or our website and you still have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 614.525.3450. We will be glad to assist you in any way we can.
We wish it were that easy! State law and local rules require that all prospective jurors be selected at random from the source list that is used.
Unfortunately yes. Although there is a slight chance that you will never get called for a case, there is a possibility that you will not be seated as a sworn juror. It is our hope that every juror will at least have the opportunity to go through the jury selection process.
Also, you may experience a situation where you are called to sit as a prospective juror and the case resolves just moments before the trial begins. If this should happen to you, please do not feel as if your time has been wasted. Your presence alone encourages resolution.
Our court does not utilize a call-in system so you will have to spend some time waiting in the Jury Assembly Room before being seated on a jury panel. Bring whatever you need to help pass the time. You may have cell phones and pagers in the jury assembly room but these devices must be turned off or set to vibrate while you are in the courtroom. Laptop computers are permitted and we do have wireless internet in both jury assembly rooms.
We will do what we can to help pass the time! We have available:
We have a TV in the jury assembly room and also show movies Tuesday through Thursday. DVDs may also be checked out for personal viewing on laptops or portable DVD players.
Absolutely. Our number is 614.525.3450. You may leave this number with family, school, childcare providers, etc, in the event that an emergency should arise during your service.
If in the jury assembly room, you will be paged to take your call at the front desk. If you are in trial, we will get a message to you in the courtroom in the event of an emergency only. All messages that are not of an urgent nature are placed on a special message board in the jury office.
To be eligible to serve in Franklin County, you must reside in Franklin County. If you have moved from Franklin County, please respond to your summons using our eResponse website. Simply follow the instructions under requesting disqualification from serving. In the meantime, you may want to contact the Board of Elections to make sure they know that you have moved outside the county. Otherwise, you could continue to be called for service in Franklin County.