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Local Ohio Court Information:
Office of Public Information
Supreme Court of
65 South Front Street, 10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
The primary function of the judicial branch in Ohio is to
fairly and impartially settle disputes according to the law.
To do this, a number of courts have been established in the
state of Ohio by the Constitution and by acts of the General
In addition to its place in the court structure as the
court of last resort, the Supreme Court, in particular the
Chief Justice, is responsible for the administration of the
judicial branch in Ohio.
The Supreme Court is the court of last resort in Ohio.
Most of its cases are appeals from the 12 district courts of
The state is divided into 12 appellate districts, each of
which is served by a court of appeals. The number of judges
in each district depends on a variety of factors, including
the district’s population and the court’s caseload. Each
district has a minimum of four appellate judges. Appeals
court judges are elected to six-year terms in even-numbered
The Court of Claims decides civil claims typically
involving contract disputes, property damage, personal
injury, immunity of state officers and employees,
discrimination and wrongful imprisonment. The Chief Justice
assigns judges to hear such cases.
There is a court of common pleas in each of the 88
counties. Specific courts of common pleas may be divided
into separate divisions by the General Assembly, including
general, domestic relations, juvenile and probate divisions.
The subject-matter jurisdiction of municipal and county
courts is nearly identical. Both municipal and county courts
have the authority to conduct preliminary hearings in felony
cases, and both have jurisdiction over traffic and
non-traffic misdemeanors. These courts also have limited
civil jurisdiction. Municipal and county courts may hear
civil cases in which the amount of money in dispute does not