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CIVIL FAQ

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.

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What are the costs on filings?

Click the link to view the Civil cost sheet.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Where can I get contact information for the other party on my lawsuit?

Go to our website and look up the case number or call information at 645-7220 if you have your case number call our file room at 645-8161.

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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.

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

After you have your case number you can call our file room at 645-8161 and have them look at the complaint and tell you.

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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.

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Who do I talk to about a bad check?

You would file charges in the Prosecutor's Office on the 7th floor at 375 South High Street and you can sue for the money aount in Small Claims Division.

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What is the number to the Eviction Desk?

645-6092

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What is the number to the Garnishment Desk?

645-7222

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I have a mediation hearing. Who do I talk to?

Small Claims Division at 645-8576.

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How do I contact the Service Bailiff's Office?

They are located at 375 South High Street on the 16th floor or call 645-7780.

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I need the number to the fileroom.

645-8161

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May I have the Issuing Desk?

645-8076

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

You need to call the attorney and settle the matter with the attorney representing the plaintiff or the plaintiff.

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

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 645-8161.

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Any and all inquiries about service dates.

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

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Any and all inquiries about garnishment disbursement dates.

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

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Any and all inquires about the names of service bailiffs.

Please call the Bailiff's Office at 645-7780.

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I need the Small Claims Division.

Call 645-7381.

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I have a judgment against me for $36,000.00.

You need to contact Common Pleas Court at 525-3621.

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May I have the number to fax civil pleadings?

645-6919

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Do you know who the Duty Judge is this week?

Call the Duty Room at 645-8221.

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What are your hours in the Civil Division?

Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

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Do you accept credit cards to file a civil case?

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

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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 by looking up your case on our website or if you have your case number call our file room at 645-8161.

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Do you accept answers at the Pleadings Desk by fax?

Yes, and the fax number is (614)645-6919.

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