Self Help Resource Center

The Franklin County Municipal Court’s new Self Help Resource Center is now open. The Resource Center is located on the 10th floor of 369 S. High Street, across from the Franklin County Law Library, and will be open to the public between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Resource Center cannot provide legal advice or representation. But, people representing themselves in Municipal Court can get basic information about the court system, about forms and applications, and about other available resources. The Resource Center is only for civil matters such as applications to seal criminal records, landlord tenant, and consumer issues. The Resource Center is not for criminal or traffic cases. Those that qualify based on their financial situation can get additional assistance from staff at the Resource Center.

The Resource Center is a walk-in service, and cannot make appointments for visitors or provide information over the phone.

Local Rules Notice

The Judges intend to amend Loc.R. 16 (Appointed Counsel) to change the open enrollment period, impose additional CLE requirements and increase the number of lead counsel cases required to be appointed. [ Review Proposed Rule 16]

The judges have amended several rules in the past year. Loc.R. 1.01, Loc.R. 1.03, Loc.R. 1.04, [ Review Rule 1] were amended to conform to current practice in the court. Loc.R. 3 (Duties of Counsel) requires attorneys to file a Notice of Appearance of Counsel under certain circumstances, including certain post judgment civil collection proceedings, changes the procedure for the submission of certain motions, requires counsel to indicate on the continuance request whether the opposing party or counsel consents to the request for a continuance, and removes unnecessary language. [ Review Rule 3] . Loc.R.4.12 was also amended to authorize the approval of search warrants and the issuance of investigative subpoenas electronically [ Review Rule 4] and adopts guidelines for law enforcement for the transmission of the documents. [ Review Guidelines] . Loc.R. 8.01 sets forth the criteria for assignment of applications to seal or expunge cases records and makes it clear that criminal and traffic cases which are filed at the same time against the same defendant shall be assigned together. [ Review Rule 8] . Loc.R. 9.08 was amended to comply with R.C. 2935.09(D). [ Review Rule 9] . Loc.R.12.10 establishes a procedure to recall civil capias warrants which have been active for more than five (5) years. Pursuant to Administrative Order 01-2016, all civil capias warrants issued prior to 2011 have been recalled. [ Review Rule 12] .