|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.
GENERAL CIVIL MATTERS
This page will attempt to answer some of the more common General Civil questions. However, it is not the intention of the Clerk of Court's Office or the Franklin County Municipal Court to offer legal advice through these pages or through our answering of questions. While knowledgeable about the operational procedures of the Clerk's Office and the Court, Deputy Clerks and Bailiffs are not attorneys and cannot recommend specific legal options, and their answering questions should not be construed as such.
Where is the civil department located?
375 South High Street on the 3rd Floor.
What are the costs for filings?
Click the link to view the Civil cost sheet.
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.
Where can I get contact information for the other party in my lawsuit?
Go to our website and look up the case number or call information at 614-645-7220 if you have your case number call our file room at 645-8161.
What can I do to prove that I am not the party named in the lawsuit?
You will need to contact an attorney for legal advice.
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 can I contact the Eviction Desk?
614-645-7220 - Prompt 4
How can I contact the Garnishment Desk?
614-645-7220 - Prompt 3
I have a mediation hearing. Who do I talk to?
Small Claims Division at 614-645-8576.
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.
How can I contact a deputy clerk in the fileroom?
614-645-8161 - Prompt 1
How can I contact the Issuing Desk?
614-645-8076 - Prompt 2
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.
For a directory listing of service bailiffs.
Please call the Bailiff's Office at 614-645-7780.
How can I contact the Small Claims Division.
The main line is 614-645-7381.
May I have the number to fax civil pleadings?
The fax number is 614-645-6919
Do you know who the Duty Judge is this week?
Call the Duty Room at 614-645-3889.
What are the hours of operation 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.
Do you accept answers at the Pleadings Desk by fax?
Yes, and the fax number is 614-645-6919.