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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 Court of Common Pleas Case Records
Search Franklin County Court of Common Pleas civil, criminal, and domestic relations cases by name or court schedule. Additional search options include court type and case number. Probate and juvenile cases are not included.
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
The Ohio Office of Child Support offers information and services related to child support, including paternity, support orders, modification, enforcement, collection, payment, and forms.
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.
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 resources.
Juvenile Court Information
View a guide and videos explaining the Ohio juvenile justice system, from the Ohio State Bar Foundation.
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.
Local Court Rules
View Ohio Court of Common Pleas, County Court, and Municipal Court local rules by county.
View a parenting time guide for divorced or separated parents.
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.
Franklin County Foreclosure Help
View information and resources to assist parties facing foreclosure, tips for avoiding foreclosure, information about foreclosure mediation including the Foreclosure Mediation Project and forms for self-represented parties, and a monthly seminar.
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.
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.
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 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.
Franklin County Felony Victim/Witness Help
The Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney's Victim Witness Assistance Unit provides felony crime victims and witnesses with court accompaniment, information about the court system, referrals, case status notification, and assistance with protection orders, victim impact statements, and victims' compensation applications.
Forms and related information
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.
Online fine payments