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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas - General Division as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Franklin County, Ohio, and resources applicable to all courts in Ohio.
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Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Case Records
Search Franklin County Court of Common Pleas cases online.
Background Check Information
The Ohio Attorney General's Office offers instructions for obtaining a criminal background check from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Opinions
View recent Ohio Attorney General official opinions, browse opinions by year, or search by keyword.
Forms and related information
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division Civil Forms
View and download various forms for use in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division civil cases.
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division Criminal Forms
View and download various forms for use in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division criminal cases, including warrant/capias set aside, subpoena, record sealing, bond, arraignment presence waiver, and not-guilty plea.
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division Forms
View and download forms for use in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division, including arbitration, assigned counsel, interpreter and transcript requests, and criminal case continuance.
Domestic Relations Forms
View and download forms for use in Court of Common Pleas Domestic Relations cases.
View and download forms for use in Court of Common Pleas Probate cases.
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.
Legal Forms and Information for Seniors
Pro Seniors offers interactive and downloadable forms and information for Ohio seniors, including power of attorney, simple will, advance directives, civil protection order, expungement, and child custody, support or visitation affidavit.
Online fine payments
Pay Franklin County Clerk of Courts Fees
Pay Franklin County Clerk of Courts fees online. A fee applies.
Self help, legal research, general information
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Civil Information
View answers to frequently asked questions about civil cases in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division, including filing of complaints, types of cases, liens, and disbursement of money.
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Drug Court
View information about the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas "Treatment is Essential to Success" (TIES) Drug Court program, including eligibility criteria.
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division Arbitration
View information about arbitration in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to trial. Links to forms are included.
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division Local Rules
View the local rules of Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division by name or number.
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division Record Sealing and Expungement
View information and instructions for sealing or expunging of records in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division.
Franklin County Foreclosure Help
View information and resources to assist parties facing foreclosure in Franklin County.
Columbus Area Legal Information
The Columbus Bar Association offers answers to frequently asked questions by area of law, tips for finding an attorney, legal information for seniors, and a glossary of legal terms.
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas e-Filing
View information about electronic filing of case documents in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas civil, criminal, domestic relations, and juvenile cases. Detailed instructions, links to print and video guides, and a link to the e-filing website are included. Registration is required.
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 tools.
Columbus Area Legal Information
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus provides information and assistance on legal matters including consumer law, family law, housing, benefits, expungement, senior issues, and taxes.
The Ohio Office of Child Support offers information and services related to child support, including paternity, support orders, modification, enforcement, collection, payment, and forms.
Juvenile and Probate Court Systems
Informational guides and videos are available that describe the juvenile and probate court systems.
View a parenting time guide for Ohio parents living apart.
Citizen Brochures and Small Claims Guide
The Ohio Judicial Conference offers a guide to small claims court, and brochures on topics such as jury service, legal terminology, mediation, and self-representation in legal proceedings.
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 mediation services, rosters of local mediators, and a guide to selecting a mediator are provided.
Domestic Violence Help
The Ohio Domestic Violence Network offers information for victims of domestic violence and links to additional resources and services.
Domestic Violence Resources and Information
View information and publications about domestic violence issues, including elder abuse, teen dating, and juvenile exposure to abuse. Links to protection order forms, legal resources, and advocacy organizations are also provided.
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.
Local Court Rules
View Ohio Court of Common Pleas, County Court, and Municipal Court local rules by county.
The Ohio Attorney General's Office offers information for crime victims, including victims' compensation, notification, cyber safety, and a searchable directory of victim services and resources.
Attorney General Legal Information
The Ohio Attorney General's Office offers answers to frequently asked questions about a variety of legal issues.
Consumer Protection Information
The Ohio Attorney General's Office offers information and assistance to Ohio residents on cyber safety, identity theft, telephone solicitors, debt collection, elder fraud, and various other consumer scams. Search complaints, court decisions, and news on consumer issues, or file a consumer complaint form online.
The Ohio State Bar Association offers information for the public about lawyers, business-related resources, a Small Business handbook, legal tools, and publications on a variety of legal topics.
Legal Information for the Disabled
Disability Rights Ohio offers information on various legal topics of interest to disabled persons.
Legal Pamphlets for Seniors
Legal and long-term care resources are offered by Pro Senior, including hotline directories, downloadable pamphlets on topics of interest to seniors, and volunteer legal services.
Legal Resources for Low-income Residents
Ohio Legal Services offers legal information, assistance and referrals to low-income individuals and families in Ohio.
Ohio Constitution, Laws, and Regulations
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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.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division Assigned Counsel
View information about Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division assigned counsel for indigent defendants, with links to laws, rules, and application forms and instructions.
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 service with searches by area of law or name, 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 Volunteer Lawyers
The Columbus Bar Association pro-bono volunteer lawyers offer free legal clinics at multiple locations, and a weekly televised "Ask the Attorney" call-in program.
Franklin County Victim/Witness Help
The Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney's Victim Witness Assistance Unit provides crime victims and witnesses with court accompaniment, information about the court system, case status notification, and assistance with protection orders, victim impact statements, and victims' compensation applications.
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.
Domestic Violence Legal Assistance
The Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center offers free legal services to crime victims, and provides links to counseling services, domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, and local victim assistance programs. A Crime Victims Rights Toolkit is 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.
Search for attorneys admitted to practice in Ohio by name, registration number, and location.
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.
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 also available for general inquiries and assistance.
Lawyer Referral and Information Services
View a list of Ohio lawyer referral and information services by geographic 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, 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 on a variety of matters, including disability abuse, neglect, and discrimination, and access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, voting rights, and community integration.
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 contacts are included.
Search by county or zip code for providers of free and low-cost civil legal services for income-eligible residents. Links to law school clinics, mediation services, lawyer referral services, and domestic violence resources are also available.