OHIO COURT SYSTEM TODAY

STRUCTURE OF THE OHIO COURT SYSTEM TODAY

Supreme Court
Chief Justice and Six Justices

Original jurisdiction in select cases; court of last resort on state constitutional questions and questions of public or great general interest; appeals from Board of Tax Appeals and Public Utilities Commission.

Visit The Supreme Court of Ohio Website at: http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/navigat.htm
or write/call

The Supreme Court of Ohio 
30 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43266-0419

 1-800-826-9010
 614-466-3456

Court of Appeals
12 Courts, 66 Judges
Three Judge Panels

Original jurisdiction in select cases, appellate review of judgments of Common Pleas, Municipal, and County Courts, appeals from Board of Tax Appeals.
District Courts of Appeals

The courts of appeals are established by Article IV, Section 1 of the Ohio Constitution, and their jurisdiction is outlined in Article IV, Section 3. As intermediate level appellate courts, their primary function is to hear appeals from the common pleas, municipal and county courts. Each case is heard and decided by a three-judge panel.

The state is divided into twelve appellate districts by Article IV, section 3 of the Ohio Constitution and section 2501.01 of the Revised Code. Each district is served by a court of appeals that sits in each of the counties in that district. The number of judges in each district depends on a variety of factors, including the court's caseload and the size of the district. The number of judges in each district varies from three to twelve.

In addition to their appellate jurisdiction, the courts of appeals have original jurisdiction, as does the Supreme Court, to hear applications for writs of habeas corpus, mandamus, procedendo, prohibition and quo warranto. The Tenth District Court of Appeals in Franklin County also hears appeals from the Ohio Court of Claims.

In 1995, there were 65 court of appeals judges. Court of appeals judges are elected in even-numbered years to six-year terms on a nonpartisan ballot. Appellate judges must be attorneys with at least six years of experience in the practice of law. The Governor makes appointments to fill vacancies in courts of appeals that occur between elections.

Visit the District Which Includes Richland County, online at: http://www.fifthdist.org/
THE FIFTH DISTRICT
Court of Appeals
ASHLAND, COSHOCTON, DELAWARE, FAIRFIELD,
GUERNSEY,HOLMES, KNOX, LICKING, MORGAN,
MORROW,MUSKINGUM, PERRY,
RICHLAND, STARK,
and TUSCARAWAS COUNTIES
or write/call
110 Central Plaza S. #320
Canton, Ohio 44702-14111
Ph.: (330) 438-0765 Fax: (330) 430-3949

Court of Common Pleas
88 Courts, 372 Judges

General Division
Civil and criminal cases;appeals from most administrative agenices

Domestic
Relations Division
Divorces and dissolutions, support and custody of children

Probate Division
Probate, adoption, and mental illness cases

Juvenile Division
Offenses involving minors, most paternity actions

Municipal Courts
118 Courts, 201 Judges
Misdemeanor Offenses, traffic cases; civil actions up to $15,000

County Courts
49 Courts, 55 Judges
Misdemeanor Offenses, traffic cases, civil actions up to $15,000

Court of Claims
Judges assigned by Supreme Court
All suits against the state for personal injury, property damage, contract, and wrongful death, compensation for victims of crime, three judge panels upon request.

Mayor's Courts
Approximately 428 Mayors

Misdemeanor offenses; traffic cases

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