Can the court give me legal advice?

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.

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1. Can the court give me legal advice?
2. How can I find out if a motion, order or entry has been filed for a particular case?
3. Can I come and watch a trial?
4. What is the address and phone number of the court?
5. Can the court recommend an attorney or law firm?
6. How do I get to the courthouse?
7. How can I find out which Judge is assigned to a case?
8. What hours is the court open?
9. Where are the magistrates' offices?
10. How many Judges does Common Pleas Court have?
11. Where is the clerk’s office located?
12. How do I get a civil protection stalking order?
13. Do all common pleas court trials have juries?
14. How are Common Pleas Judges chosen?
15. Can I bring my cell phone or pager to court?
16. How do I arrange for a court tour for my students/class?
17. Can I act as my own attorney?
18. How can I find a lawyer?
19. How do I get a transcript?
20. Where can I park?
21. What should I wear to court?