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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.
Summit County Case Records
Search Summit County Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court case records by name. Other search criteria may not be available for all courts. Some civil case records may also be available. Check the "Limited search availability" link in on the left side of the page for current availability. Juvenile and probate records are not included.
Summit County Court of Common Pleas General and Domestic Relations Case Records
Search Summit County Court of Common Pleas General and Domestic Relations Divisions domestic, civil, or criminal case records by name or case number. Civil cases may also be searched by judge, date, case type, and document type or by property parcel number. Juvenile and probate 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
Attorney General Legal Information
The Ohio Attorney General's Office offers answers to frequently asked questions about a wide variety of legal issues.
Central Northeast Ohio Legal Information
Community Legal Aid offers information on legal topics including consumer, the legal system, criminal, drivers' licenses, employment, family, foreclosure, health care, housing, benefits, disability, seniors taxes, veterans, and wills and probate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Medina and Summit County Domestic Violence Help
The Battered Women's Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties provides victims of domestic violence with a 24-hour hotline, information, crisis shelter, support groups, court advocacy, and links to additional information.
Medina and Summit County Sexual Assault Help
The Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties provides victims of sexual assault with a 24-hour hotline, information, support groups, and court and hospital advocacy.
Ohio Constitution, Laws, and Regulations
Search the Ohio Constitution, Revised Code, or Administrative Code by keyword, or browse by table of contents.
View a parenting time guide for divorced or separated parents.
Summit County Child Support Enforcement
View information about the Summit County Child Support Enforcement Agency, including establishment of paternity and support orders, modification of orders, enforcement, and payments. Find detailed information at the "Child Support Enforcement Agency" menu item in the left column.
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.
Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division Adult Probation
View information about adult probation in Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division, with links to special programs including community service, domestic violence, DUI supervision, Intervention in Lieu of Conviction for offenders with substance abuse problems, mental health supervision, Reentry Court for released offenders, sex offender supervision, and the Turning Point Program for non-violent offenders with drug problems.
Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division Dispute Resolution
View information about the Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, which includes mediation and arbitration and which can help parties resolves disputes without going to trial.
Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division Local Rules
View the local rules of Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division.
Summit County Domestic Violence Court
View information about the Summit County Domestic Violence Court, a program of Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division that can set up treatment and intensive supervision in lieu of incarceration for some offenders.
Summit County Foreclosure Resources
View information about foreclosure resources available in Summit County, including required legal procedures in Summit County Court of Common Pleas.
Summit County Veterans Court
View information about Summit County Valor Court, a program of Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division that can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some offenders who are veterans.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Search for attorneys admitted to practice in Ohio by name, registration number, and location.
Central Northeast Ohio Legal Assistance
Community Legal Aid provides free civil legal assistance for low-income residents in Columbiana, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Wayne Counties. A telephone help line, online application form, and information about upcoming free clinics 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.
Summit County Lawyer Complaints
The Akron Bar Association offers a fee arbitration program to resolve disputes about lawyers' fees, and a Certified Grievance Committee to handle lawyer misconduct complaints. Links to required forms are included.
Summit County Lawyer Search and Referral
The Akron Bar Association offers and online search for lawyers by area of law, location, court system, and language; and a lawyer referral service by telephone or online request form that includes an initial consultation for a nominal fee.
Summit County Victim Help
The Summit County Prosecutor's Office provides crime victims with information about victims rights, advocacy referrals, court accompaniment, case status notification, and assistance with victims compensation applications.
Forms and related information
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.
Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division Civil Forms
View and download various forms for use in civil cases in Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division, from the Clerk of Courts office.
Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division Criminal Forms
View and download Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division criminal case financial disclosure and motion to seal forms, from the Clerk of Courts office.