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Court Procedures


Legal Terminology

The following legal terms and definitions are frequently used in court.  The purpose of this Citizens Guide is to acquaint you with these legal terms to increase your level of understanding of the trial process.


Ohio Courts

The Ohio Constitution establishes three separate and co-equal branches of government - legislative, executive, and judicial.  At the core of the judicial branch are the Ohio courts and the judges who preside over those courts.


Jury Service

Welcome to jury service.  Your help is needed to answer important questions of fact.  The judge, attorneys, and parties need you to determine facts that are in dispute.  We realize that your daily life is interrupted; we appreciate your help in this important process.

Most jurors find being a juror to be a positive experience - they have the opportunity to learn about our legal system and serve their community.  The court staff will try to make you comfortable.


Representing Yourself In Court

If you do decide to represent yourself, you need to manage all aspects of your case.


Why Can't I Talk To The Judge

Two of the most important principles of the American judicial system are Fairness and Equal Treatment for All Persons.  (See, Judicial Creed on the back of pamphlet.)


Eviction Procedure

These steps must be followed to evict a tenant.

Filing A Claim

The Small Claims Division has jurisdiction over claims for the recovery of money only, with a maximum allowable recovery of $3,000 exclusive of interest and costs. To file in Small Claims, a person should consider the court process.