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Where is the civil department located?

Third Floor
375 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

How much do you charge for copies?

The first 20 copies are free. There is a $.05 for each copy above 20. Certified copies are $1.00.

Why is there an alert on my case?

We put alerts on cases for the following reasons: Bankruptcy stays, Garnishment hearings and releases, civil capias warrants and cases where the Accounting/Finance Division needs to check the docket.

How much do I owe on my case?

We can give an approximate amount, but the Plaintiff or the attorney for the Plaintiff should be contacted for that information. The Clerk's Office does not keep track of the balance owed on civil cases.

How can I find out what I am being sued for?

If you have your case number, you can call our file room at (614) 645-7220 to have them pull the file.

My case says that it is closed. Does that mean it is dismissed?

No, the open and closed status is used only for Supreme Court Reporting purposes.

Who do I talk to about a bad check?

Charges may be filed through the Prosecutor's Office located on the 7th floor of 375 South High Street.

How do I contact the Service Bailiff's Office?

They are located at 375 South High Street on the 18th floor or call (614) 645-7780.

I need to settle a case against me. Can I settle it through you?

You need to call the attorney representing the plaintiff or the plaintiff.

I have a letter that my case has been dismissed. Is this true?

Information can be obtained on our website or if you have your case number, you may call our file room at (614) 645-7220.

Any and all inquiries about service dates.

Please check your case on our website under public access case search or call our information desk at (614) 645-7220.

Any and all inquiries about garnishment disbursement dates.

With your case number, please call our disbursement desk at (614) 645-2545.

What are your hours in the Civil Division?

Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Do you accept credit cards for payment when filing a civil case?

Yes we do. We accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover Card.

I just got a letter in the mail from your office and I don't know what it is about.

That information can be obtained on our website or if you have your case number, you may call our file room at (614) 645-7220 - Prompt 1.

What kind of case is this?

That information can be obtained by looking up your case on our website. You could also request that the file could be pulled by the fileroom (614) 645-7220 - Prompt 1 to review the complaint.

What is my new court date and time?

That information can be obtained by looking up your case on our website or if you have your case number call our file room at (614) 645-8186 - Prompt #1.

How do I file a Small Claims case?

You can get a complaint form on the 16th floor of 375 South High Street. The Small Claims division staff will assist you in the filing process and with collecting judgments. You may contact the Small Claims division at (614) 645-7381.

How long will it take to get my money?

We hold all checks for three weeks before disbursing any funds to ensure that the payment has not been cancelled or returned for insufficient funds. This is done because:

  • We've had employers and banks bounce or stop payment on checks.
  • Retrieving money from the payee after it has been disbursed is a lengthy process best avoided.

If I am the plaintiff, how do I dismiss the case?

You write the case information on a piece of paper, write what you want to do with the case along with your name and signature, and then mail it 375 S. High St 3rd Floor or you can fax it to (614) 645-6919.

My case is paid but your records do not show that. How do I get it dismissed?

You need to contact the plaintiff or the attorney for the plaintiff to file the appropriate satisfaction of judgment or a notice of dismissal. Only the Plaintiff or their representation can file it. If you cannot contact them you can bring your proof of all payments and take the case file to a duty judge for determination.