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.
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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.
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.