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Background Check Information
The Ohio Attorney General's Office offers instructions for obtaining a criminal background check from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Franklin County Municipal Court Case Records
Search Franklin County Municipal Court case records by name, case number, or ticket number. Additional search options include date of birth, party type, case type, case status, case year, and parcel ID.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Opinions
View recent Ohio Attorney General official opinions, browse opinions by year, or search by keyword.
Self help, legal research, general information
Attorney General Legal Information
The Ohio Attorney General's Office offers answers to frequently asked questions about a wide variety of legal issues.
Citizen Brochures and Small Claims Guide
The Ohio Judicial Conference offers a guide to small claims court and brochures on topics such as legal terminology, representing yourself, mediation, and court procedure.
Columbus Area Legal Information
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus provides information on legal topics including benefits, family law, consumer law, taxes, foreclosure, housing, veterans, reentry/expungement, legal services, and senior issues. Some publications are available in Spanish or Somali.
Columbus Area Legal Information
The Columbus Bar Association offers answers to frequently asked questions about many areas of law, a glossary of terms, a legal toolkit of information, tips for hiring an attorney, and legal information for seniors.
Consumer Protection Information
The Ohio Attorney General's Office offers information and tips for consumers, including cyber safety, identity theft, foreclosure scams and resources, telephone solicitors, debt collection, elder fraud, and various other consumer scams. An online scam report form, search of consumer complaints, and search of consumer-related court decisions are also provided.
View Ohio Rules of Court including civil procedure, criminal procedure, evidence, juvenile procedure, traffic, and rules that apply to lawyers and judges.
Dispute Resolution Information
View information about arbitration and mediation, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to trial. Links to directories of mediators and a guide to selecting a mediator are included.
Domestic Violence Help
The Ohio Domestic Violence Network offers information for survivors of domestic violence, links to additional resources, and information about prevention.
Domestic Violence Resources and Information
View information and publications about domestic violence issues, including elder abuse and teen dating, with links to legal resources such as laws and court rules, and other resources and agencies.
Foreclosure and Eviction Information and Resources
View information and resources for Ohio homeowners facing foreclosure, including foreclosure mediation information and resources for renters facing eviction.
Franklin County Law Library
View information about the Franklin County Law Library, including location, hours, available resources and services, an extensive collection of downloadable forms, and links to additional research resources.
Franklin County Municipal Court Civil Case Information
View answers to frequently asked questions about civil cases in Franklin County Municipal Court, including general, driving privileges, service of process, evictions, garnishments, judgments, and miscellaneous.
Franklin County Municipal Court Civil, Criminal, and Traffic Information
View information about civil, criminal, and traffic case procedures in Franklin County Municipal Court, including how to start a lawsuit, hearings, pleas, sealing and expungement of records, access to records, and Traffic Violations Bureau.
Franklin County Municipal Court Local Rules
View the local rules of Franklin County Municipal Court.
Franklin County Municipal Court Resources and Information
View Franklin County Municipal Court information about bail, proof of insurance, warrants, and a glossary of terms; and downloadable brochures about the Clerk's office and procedures for self-represented parties.
Franklin County Municipal Court Small Claims
View information about small claims cases in Franklin County Municipal Court, including general information and procedures, how to file and defend a lawsuit, mediation, bad checks, collecting a judgment, and forms.
The Ohio State Bar Association offers information for the public about lawyers, small business, and publications on legal topics including a death planning family manual and LawFacts pamphlets on a variety of legal topics such as divorce, probate, credit laws, guardianship, living wills, bankruptcy, and more.
Legal Information and Legal Resources
View information about various legal topics including the court system, consumer rights, criminal matters, disability, domestic violence, employment, family law, health care, housing, immigration, public benefits, expungement, seniors, education, taxes, veterans, and wills and probate. Information can be searched by keyword and some information is available in Spanish. A dictionary of legal terms is also provided.
Legal Information for Seniors
Pro Seniors offers information for Ohio seniors about consumer, elder law, and health issues, including power of attorney forms and advance directives.
Legal Pamphlets for Seniors
Pro Seniors offers downloadable pamphlets on a variety of legal issues of interest to Ohio seniors.
Local Court Rules
View Ohio Court of Common Pleas, County Court, and Municipal Court local rules by county.
Motor Vehicle Information
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers information about licensing and registration, traffic laws, insurance requirements, copies of driving records, and license reinstatement.
Ohio Constitution, Laws, and Regulations
Search the Ohio Constitution, Revised Code, or Administrative Code by keyword, or browse by table of contents.
Supreme Court Law Library
View information about the Ohio Supreme Court Law Library, including location, hours, an online catalog, description of available materials and services, and an online ask-a-librarian service.
The Ohio Attorney General's Office offers information for crime victims, including victims' compensation, notification, cyber safety, and a searchable directory of victim services providers.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Search for attorneys admitted to practice in Ohio by name, registration number, and location.
Columbus Area Lawyer Complaints
The Columbus Bar Association provides information and forms for filing a grievance against a lawyer for misconduct, and an arbitration program for resolving fee disputes.
Columbus Area Lawyer Directories and Referral
The Columbus Bar Association offers an online lawyer finder with searches by area of law or name, and a toolkit of legal information; a lawyer referral service by telephone or online request form; and a directory of member lawyers, mediators, and forensic consultants by name or area of practice.
Columbus Area Legal Assistance
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus provides free civil legal services for low-income residents in Delaware, Franklin, Madison, Marion, Morrow, and Union Counties. An online intake form is included.
Columbus Area Volunteer Lawyers
The Columbus Bar Association pro-bono volunteer lawyers offer free legal clinics at multiple locations, and a weekly call-in "Ask an Attorney" program.
Columbus Housing Court Help
The Greater Cleveland Housing Partnership's Housing Court Assistance Program provides free legal services to property owners facing criminal prosecution, code violations, condemnations, and complaints in Columbus housing cases in Franklin County Municipal Court. An online intake form and answers to frequently asked questions are included.
Complaints Against Lawyers and Judges
View instructions for filing an official complaint against a lawyer or judge in Ohio, with answers to frequently asked questions, rules, and a link to the complaint form.
Domestic Violence Legal Assistance
The Justice League of Ohio provides free legal services for crime victims, and links to counseling services, domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, and local victim assistance programs.
File a Consumer Complaint
Complete an online form to file a consumer complaint with the Ohio Attorney General's Office. A live chat with an agent is available.
Lawyer Referral and Information Services
View a list of Ohio lawyer referral and information services by area served, and a list of registered prepaid legal service providers.
Legal Assistance for Seniors
Pro Seniors provides Ohio residents over 60 with free legal assistance by telephone in all counties; in-person staff attorney assistance in Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, and Warren Counties; and referrals to private attorneys who will assist low-income seniors for a reduced fee.
Legal Assistance for the Disabled
Disability Rights Ohio provides free legal assistance to disabled persons in some types of cases.
Legal Assistance for Western Ohio and Migrant Farmworkers
Legal Aid of Western Ohio and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality provide free civil legal services for low-income residents of 32 western Ohio counties, and for migrant farmworkers statewide. A toll free telephone line, online application forms in English and Spanish, and local office contact information are included.
Search by county or zip code for providers of free and low-cost civil legal services for low-income residents. Links to law school clinics, mediation services, lawyer referral services, and domestic violence resources are also available.
The Office of the Ohio Public Defender offers information about its representation of indigent defendants in criminal cases, with links to local county public defenders and appointed counsel.
Forms and related information
Franklin County Municipal Court Forms
View and download Franklin County Municipal Court forms, including civil, criminal, traffic, small claims, ticket payment, release of information, and confidential disclosure.
Protection Order Forms and Information
View and download domestic violence, juvenile, and stalking or sexually oriented offense protection order forms for use in Ohio courts. Links to related legal resources and publications are included.
Online fine payments
Pay Franklin County Municipal Court Fines and Costs
Pay Franklin County Municipal Court fines and costs online. Search for your case to determine whether or not it is payable online. A convenience fee applies.