Franklin County Municipal Court Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated August 6, 2021: At this time, all employees and visitors to the Franklin County Municipal Court must wear a facial covering. An Administrative Order will be issued forthwith memorializing this requirement. Please remember to practice appropriate social distancing by avoiding unnecessary crowding together.

Updated August 5, 2021: Franklin County Municipal Court to resume eviction filings, read the following for more information:

Updated July 22, 2021: Administrative Order 10-2021, please read the full Administrative Order for details regarding:

  • Traffic arraignment
  • Evictions
  • Weddings
  • Self-Help Resource Center
  • Jury service

Updated July 6, 2021: Administrative Order 08-2021, please read the full Administrative Order for details regarding:

  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 shall not be required to wear a face covering.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and who are not wearing a face covering shall not be admitted into 375 S. High Street, Columbus Ohio.
  • Notwithstanding the above, and pursuant to individual judges' authority to manage and control their own courtrooms, individual judges may determine and enforce their own face covering requirements applicable in their respective courtrooms and chambers.

Updated May 25, 2021: Administrative Order 05-2021, Beginning July 6, 2021, traffic arraignments held in courtroom 1A or 1B and eviction hearings held in courtroom 11B shall be heard at the Franklin County Municipal Court. Please read the full administrative order for details regarding:

  • Traffic arraignment
  • Evictions
  • Weddings
  • Filings with the Clerk of Court
  • Criminal arraignment
  • Self-Help Resource Center
  • Jury service
  • Entrance into facilities

Updated May 25, 2021: Eviction Moratorium Press Release, Franklin County Municipal Court to continue following guidelines imposed by CDC Eviction Moratorium until federal case is resolved.

Updated March 30, 2021: Administrative Order 04-2021, The Court has extended all stays of eviction previously granted under the CDC's order to June 30, 2021. The stays are being extended automatically - no action by tenants is required to extend the stays in specific cases.

Updated October 23, 2020: Administrative Order 21-2020, The Judges have issued Administrative Order 21-2020 to state the Court's uniform procedures for eviction cases in which Tenants seek to claim protection under the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's recent order.

Updated September 11, 2020: Administrative Order 19-2020, The Clerk of Court may receive any civil filing, including complaints for restitution of premises, by way of a "drop box" installed on the premises of the Franklin County Municipal Court. Please read the full administrative order for additional details and information.

Updated September 4, 2020: CDC temporarily halts evictions until 2021. Order from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Temporary halt in residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Effective September 4th - December 31st, 2020. For more information, refer to the following links from the CDC via Federal Register and Ohio Supreme Court:

Updated August 3, 2020: Electronic Filing services are currently expanding. Attorneys may now register and file: subsequent filings on Criminal and Traffic cases; new case and subsequent filings on Record Sealing cases. For more information visit: Electronic Filing.