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Court Resources

External linkCommon Pleas/General Division
Required guidelines for all filings presented to Franklin County's Court of Common Pleas
External linkLocal Rules

External linkCommon Pleas/Domestic and Juvenile Divisions
Required guidelines for all filings presented to Franklin County's Domestic and Juvenile Courts
External linkLocal Rules

External linkOhio 10th District Court of Appeals
Required guidelines for all filings presented to this Ohio district's Appeals Court
External link Local Rules

External linkFranklin County Probate Court
Information to initiate or access copies of marriage licenses, name changes, and guardianships
External linkFranklin County Marriage Licenses

External linkFranklin County Municipal Court Clerk
Adult traffic tickets, small claims, and evictions

External linkSupreme Court of Ohio
Highest court in Ohio governing Ohio law and its constitution

External linkUnited States District Court - Southern District of Ohio
One of two Federal Courts in Ohio

External linkUnited States Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of Ohio
Bankruptcies filed in this Federal Court

Opens a window with focus in current pageProtection Orders
For information regarding all Protection Orders issued in Franklin County

Franklin County Government Resources

External Link Franklin County Government Home
Main access to all county offices and agencies

External Link Franklin County Auditor
Property tax assessments and Dog Licenses

External Link Franklin County Children Services (FCCS)
Foster care and adoption services agency

External Link Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA)
Child support orders and payments managed here. Paternity establishment

External Link Franklin County Prosecutor
Legal counsel for county officials and their offices

External Link Franklin County Recorder
Documented deeds, mortgages, and plats; DD214s and Mechanic’s liens filed here

External Link Franklin County Sheriff
Law enforcement agency, adult background checks, and Sheriff sales

External Link Franklin County Treasurer
Real estate tax billings and Foreclosure prevention services
External link Foreclosure Resources

Government Resources

External Link City of Columbus
Internet home for City of Columbus government offices, including Columbus Police, Public Health, and Vital Statistics
External link Birth and Death Certificates

External Link Ohio Attorney General
Tax Lien Information and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation
External link Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI)

External Link Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
State agency that issues drivers' licenses, vehicle registration, and license plates

External Link Ohio Clerk of Courts Association
Online home to 88 County Clerks of Court

External Link Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC)
Ohio's prison control authority

External Link NACo County Explorer
Information about all U.S. Counties, including other Franklin Counties

Legal Resources

External Link Capital University Law School Legal Clinic
No-cost legal services for qualifying clients

External Link Columbus Bar Association
Law firms and individual attorneys listed by practice type

External Link Columbus Metropolitan Library System
Network of libraries at multiple locations throughout Columbus
Opens in new window Coping with Court: Suggested Reading for Plaintiffs, Defendants, and Families (PDF)

External Link Franklin County Law Library
Multi-functional library providing free access to reference materials

Opens in a new window Franklin County Municipal Court Self Help Resource Center
The Franklin County Municipal Court Self Help Resource Center provides helpful information and services for those representing themselves in civil legal matters

External Link Legal Aid Society of Columbus
No and low-cost legal services for qualifying clients

External Link Ohio Legal Help
Nonprofit organization that was founded in 2018 to help all Ohioans access the civil justice system. They provide legal help information, interactive self-help tools and connections to local legal and community resources.

External Link Ohio Revised Code
Up-to-date legislation governing all aspects of public services, local government and more

External Link Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Library
Largest law library in Ohio offering a vast collection to students and other patronsCommunity Resources

Community Resources

External Link Alcoholics Anonymous
24/7 confidential helpline and extensive list of local AA meetings.