Ohio Court Records

Ohio court records

With the increasing capacity for digital storage and the accessibility of Internet searches, court records are now much easier to obtain than the traditional route of arriving at a law library or court house in person to request a record. The demand for records comes from legal professionals and the public for a number of reasons. Some use court records to research the decisions in a historical case before filing a new one, while others are interested in finding vital records or to satisfy the curiosity of a genealogist.

Whatever your reason for searching for court records, there are thousands generated each year by the diverse judicial structure of the courts of Ohio.

History of Ohio Court Records

Important but often overlooked figures in the judicial system are the Clerks who have the imperative responsibility of maintaining court records. In 1802 each Ohio County was appointed a Clerk of Courts to serve for a 7 year term, making them the sole official accountable for filing, preserving, docketing, and creating an index for all court records.

Even today, in Ohio’s 88 counties there are Clerks upholding the importance of sustaining an organized, publicly accessible and informative collection of court records.

Ohio Court Records Availability

The Supreme Court Law Library located in Columbus is one of the largest legal libraries in the country and boasts a collection of court records, provides full library services and is open to the public. Multiple counties in Ohio also have their own law libraries for retrieval of court records.

Online searches for court records will also allow the public to access cases of a criminal, civil and municipal origin. Also available online are historical documents outlining the state’s legislative history and providing statutes for comparison to current case filings.

Main Court Information

The Ohio Supreme Court is the highest court of the state, also known as the court of last resort and has final say in the interpretation of state and federal Constitutions. Serving on the Supreme Court are a Chief Justice and six associate justices. It is an appellate court and most cases are from appeals in lower court hearings. The District Courts of Appeal are also appellate courts and are located in 12 districts in the state, the judges for these courts work in panels of 3 and most districts have at least 4 and as many as 12 justices each.

A Court of Common Pleas, traditionally a civil and criminal trial court, is located in each of the 88 counties in Ohio. Additionally, County Courts have jurisdiction over felony preliminary hearings, misdemeanors, and violations of township resolutions, there is a cap of $15,000 for the civil claims the County Courts preside over. Municipal Courts have authority over violations of municipal ordinances in most cases. Lastly, the Court of Claims has authority over any civil actions taken against the state of Ohio or its agencies, it is located in Columbus.

Caseload Statistics

Ohio court records indicate that the average Supreme Court cases heard is approximately 2,000 annually. In 2013 the Supreme Court oversaw 2,055 filings and recorded 2,040 dispositions. The previous year was slightly higher with 2,187 filings and 2,171 dispositions.

Ohio Court Structure

Ohio Court Statistics

Ohio Courts receive 3,284,757 filings per year. In 2012, the court received 3,435,430 filings and gave 3,456,384 dispositions. In 2016, the state court caseload counted 3,094,586 filings and had 3,115,187 outgoing cases.

Family Court Cases

Domestic relations caseload of Ohio at year end of 2016 has decreased by 12.3% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases have been 233,957 with a rate of 2,027 cases per 100000 population, lower than it’s in 2016.

Domestic Relations Clearance Rates

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than Ohio

More Domestic Relations Cases than Ohio:
State: Caseload:
New York570,709
Less Domestic Relations Cases than Ohio:
State: Caseload:
North Carolina121,737

Ohio Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in Ohio counts 766,771 with 167,621 felony cases and 599,150 misdemeanors accordingly.

State Civil Caseload & Clearance Rates

In the last 5 years the number of civil cases has decreased by 112,239 cases, it went from 640,864 to 528,625 with clearance rates of 103% and 100% accordingly.

Small Claims Caseloads & Rates

Caseload: Per 100K Population: Percent of Total Caseload: Max Limit in $:
47,560 409 9.0% $6,000

Ohio Court Locations

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. DayMonday, January 15, 2018
President's DayMonday, February 19, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
Columbus DayMonday, October 8, 2018
Veterans' Day (Obseved)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018

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DISCLAIMER: The Ohio court records information accessible herein is derived from unofficial, publicly-available sources, does not constitute the official court records of any case, may not be up-to-date, complete, or accurate, and should not be relied upon by any person or entity for any purpose. This site is a third-party commercial entity that is neither authorized by nor affiliated with the Ohio Judiciary or the Ohio Administrative Office of State Courts in any way. The Ohio Judiciary and the Ohio Administrative Office of State Courts have not endorsed, warranted, or otherwise validated any of Ohio court records information available on this site.