|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.
This page will attempt to answer some of the more common Judgment 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.
What are the procedures and cost to release a certificate of judgment from Common Pleas Court and the cost?
A satisfaction of judgment should to be filed in the Municipal Court Civil Division. Upon receipt of your release form, file it with the Court of Common Pleas Civil Division. The cost is $5.00.
How many days do I have to file an answer?
An answer must be filed within twenty-eight days from the date of service. If it is postmarked by midnight on the 28th day then it is considered filed timely.
How long is a judgment good for?
A judgment is good for five years, but any activity of execution on the judgment extends the 5 years.
Can a Defendant fight a judgment?
Yes, they will need to seek legal advice.
If I owe a judgment, who do I pay?
Judgments are generally paid directly to the Plaintiff or the Attorney for the Plaintiff.
Can I collect interest on my judgment?
Each year the Ohio Tax Commissioner sets the interest rate on judgments. The current interest rate is 3%. This document provides past interest rates and calculation formulas. The interest rate is determined by the year in which you obtain the judgment.