|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.
A. Court Jurisdiction and Organization
Jurisdiction. The municipal courts of Ohio have original jurisdiction
in any action or proceeding at law for the recovery of money or personal
property in which the amount claimed by any party does not exceed $15,000
(O.R.C. 1901.17; 1901.18). Subject to certain exceptions municipal courts
have jurisdiction of misdemeanors and of the violation of municipal ordinances
and jurisdiction to conduct preliminary hearings in felony cases (O.R.C. 1901.20).
Each of the municipal courts appearing in this section of the Ohio Revised Code
has jurisdiction both within the municipal corporation limits and throughout
the county in which it is located (O.R.C. 1901.02(B)). Judges are elected to
terms of six years.
Organization. The Franklin County Municipal Court has fourteen judges in the General Division and one judge in the Environmental Division. The judges annually elect to the position of Administrative and Presiding Judge one of the judges currently sitting on the bench. The court has appointed six magistrates to hear certain matters. These attorneys are empowered by a specific order of reference (Local Court Rule 7.01) to hear a variety of cases including evictions, damages on default judgments, pre-judgment and post-judgment attachment proceedings, trusteeships, judgment debtor examinations, small claims cases, certain appeals from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the enforcement of sentences, traffic arraignments, parking violation appeals, and applications for release of rent.
The Courthouse. The Court, Court Administration, and Clerk of the Court are located in the Municipal Court Building, 375 South High Street, part of the Franklin County Government Center. The Court 's facilities include two traffic arraignment courtrooms, two criminal arraignment courtrooms, one Environmental Division arraignment courtroom, five record-hearing courtrooms, one duty courtroom, and seventeen jury courtrooms.
B. Publication of Official Notices
Official notices issued by the Franklin County Municipal Court or the Clerk of the Courts are published in The Daily Reporter. These notices include new filings, case assignments and dispositions, administrative orders, and proposed court rules.
C. Local Court Rules
The Franklin County Municipal Court has adopted certain rules of practice pursuant to Rule 83 of the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure. The rules are published annually in the Columbus Bar Association Directory. Copies of rules may be obtained by calling 614-645-6822 or online here.