Ohio Court Records

What is Included in Ohio Public Court Records

Criminal Court Cases

Assault & Battery, Domestic Violence, Parole Violation, Probation Violation, Sexual Assault, Robbery, Manslaughter, Murder, Drug Offenses, And More...

Civil Court Cases

Bankruptcies, Legal Judgments, Lawsuits, Tax & Property Liens, Contract Disputes, Probates, Family Law, Small Claims, Evictions, And More...

Traffic Court Cases

Driving Under Influence, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding Tickets, Traffic Citations, Reckless Driving, Driving Without a License, License Suspensions, Criminal Driving Violations, Accidents, And More...

Ohio Court Record Lookup

Ohio OH court records are public documents available to anyone by performing Ohio court records search. Through RecordsFinder's OH court records search you can find Ohio criminal records, civil cases, warrants and more.

Limited jurisdiction courts

The Court of Claims hears cases filed against the state of Ohio. These are generally civil cases involving contract disputes, property damage, and discrimination.

Municipal and county courts hear civil cases up to $15,000 in value, misdemeanors, violations of local ordinances, and preliminary pleadings in felony cases, which can be viewed via Ohio court case lookup.

Trial courts

The Ohio Courts of Common Pleas include four divisions: juvenile, family/domestic relations, such as Ohio child support and custody, divorce, probate, and general. The general division hears civil and criminal cases and may conduct jury trials.

Obtaining official records of court proceedings can be essential to accomplishing certain tasks, including establishing child custody, collecting a court-ordered judgement, evicting a tenant, and clearing one’s driving record

Note that juvenile case records and those that name victims of certain crimes may be subject to confidentiality laws.

Appellate courts

There are district courts of appeal in 12 regions,these Ohio courthouses hearing disputes of lower court decisions.

The state supreme court oversees the state bar, hears selected appeals from lower courts and advises the state legislature on the constitutionality of proposed laws. The supreme court received over 1,800 cases in a recent year, and over 50 percent were criminal and 18 percent civil.

U.S. District Court

There is at least one federal court in each state. These U.S. District Courts have jurisdiction over federal law violations, bankruptcies, and multi-state lawsuits. Anyone can access Ohio court records online via performing Ohio court record lookup.

Ohio Notable Court Cases

In 2012, the case of Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) v. Schwartzwald determined that the mortgage company must have a promissory note assigned to them before legally foreclosing. Freddie Mac did not, in fact, have one, so the Ohio Supreme Court decided the plaintiff had no legal standing in the case.


Ohio Civil Case Statistics

Civil Caseload
Civil Caseload 528,625
Caseloads per 100.000 Population
Caseloads per 100.000 Population 4,551
Clearance Rate
Clearance Rate 100%
Small Claims Caseload
Small Claims Caseload 47,560

Civil Caseloads for Ohio, the sum of all civil cases reported by the state, account for 2,806,787 total cases at the year end of 2016, which makes it 4,551 cases per 100.000 population.

The clearance rate for the state is about 100% which makes up by dividing the outgoing to incoming civil cases and expressing the result in a percentage.

Civil Court Incoming & Outgoing Cases 2012-2016

The number of civil court caseloads in 2016 has decreased since 2012, being 528,625 vs. 640,864, which is by 17.5 % lower than 5 years ago. The same picture is seen with clearance rates, it’s lower compared to 2012, by 20.4% being 526,992 compared to 661,670.

State Small Claims & Rates Timeline

Year: Small Claims Max. Limit Small Claims Caseload per 100.000 Population Percent of Total Civil Caseload

The caseload for small claims has decreased since 2012, going from 57,896 cases a year to 47,560 of 2016. The maximum limit of small claim charges has also seen a change and has reached $6,000 in 2016 compared to the $3,000 that was registered 5 years ago.

Accordingly the small claims rate has decreased- 409 cases per 100 000 population compared to the 502 of 2012. The total percentage of civil caseloads accounts 17.1% for the state of Ohio for 2016.

Criminal Caseloads by Type

Criminal Caseloads for Ohio sum in 766,771 cases at the year end of 2016 which has a share of 78% of misdemeanor and 22% of felony charges. Total criminal cases have decreased in Ohio compared to the criminal caseload of 2012 - 825,416 cases. Felonies and misdemeanors have changed since 2012 by -10% and +3% accordingly.

The Proportion of Felony and Misdemeanor Caseloads

Criminal Incoming Court Cases by type 2012-2016

Criminal Caseloads Timeline

Domestic Relations Caseloads & Clearance Rates

The state’s domestic relations caseload has counted 205,293 cases which is 1,768 court cases per 100.000 population. It has decreased since 2012, the difference in caseloads is 28,664 for the last 5 years, being 233,957 in 2012.

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. DayMonday, January 15, 2018
President's DayMonday, February 19, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
Columbus DayMonday, October 8, 2018
Veterans' Day (Obseved)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018

Supreme Court Caseloads & Clearance Rates