|Clerk's Office Temporarily Closed May 14-15|
Due to a planned power outage by the City of Columbus, the Franklin County Municipal Court Clerk’s office will be temporarily closed to the public, except for posting the bond of an inmate, effective 7am on Saturday May 14. We expect to be fully operational by Sunday May 15 @ 8am.
Accounting/Finance Division The Accounting/Finance Division is responsible for the receipts and disbursements of all monies for the court. Cashiers are located in the Criminal/Traffic Division, Civil Division, and Traffic Violations Bureau and can accept payments for fines, costs, fees, bail, garnishments, attachments, and judgments. Once money is collected, accounting clerks ensure it is properly accounted for and then disbursed to the appropriate entities.
This division is also responsible for calculating fines and court costs per judges' entries, determining bail amounts and refunds, processing unclaimed funds, balancing and depositing all funds, disbursing overpayments, and processing returned checks. The Accounting/Finance Division also administers the following subdivisions
1. Time Payment Program: The Time Payment Program permits a defendant to pay fines, court cost and probation fees in monthly installments, if authorized by the sentencing judge. These payments can be made on the first or second floor between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. seven days a week. A $25.00 fee is charged at the setup of this program. Questions regarding the time payment program can be made to (614) 645-8186.
2. Restitution Payment Program: The restitution payment program is a process by which a defendant pays monies to the clerk’s office that is owed to the prosecution witness/victim. These payments are generally a condition of probation. The sentencing judge will determine if the restitution is owed, to whom it is owed and the amount that is owed. Once a payment has been made, the clerk’s office will forward the payment to the indicated recipient after a 30 day waiting period. Payments can be made on the first floor between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Acceptable methods of payment are cash and money order only. Questions about the restitution payment program should be directed to the Probation department.
3. Rent Escrow Program: The Rent Escrow Program permits a tenant with complaints regarding housing conditions to deposit rent due into an escrow account until the dispute between the landlord and tenant is resolved. Rent Escrow hearings are scheduled on Monday at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 11B. The hearing date is determined by the date of filing. Most rent escrow disputes are automatically referred to the Dispute Resolution Program.
Rent Escrow Resources
Payments are made to cashiers on the third floor in the Civil Division, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Acceptable methods of payment are cash and money order only. Questions regarding the Rent Escrow Program may be answered by calling (614) 645-7420.
4. Trusteeship: The Trusteeship Program permits individual debtors relief from wage garnishment by paying a portion of wages into court to be paid out to consenting creditors. Trusteeship hearings are scheduled on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in courtroom 11B. The hearing date is determined by the filing date. Payment may be made on the third floor in the Civil Division, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Acceptable methods of payment are cash and money order only. General information regarding the Trusteeship Program can be provided by calling 614-645-7420.