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About the Court

The Franklin County Municipal Court provides justice and resolves disputes in a fair, accessible, and courteous manner and serves as a resource to the community it serves.


Location & Hours


375 S. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Mon - Fri 8 AM - 5 PM

Note: Arraignments for persons held in custody are also held on Saturdays starting at 9 AM

General Information

The Court has fourteen General Division judges and one Environmental Division judge. Judges preside over civil, criminal, and traffic cases and conduct both jury and non-jury trials. The Court’s jurisdiction includes traffic cases, misdemeanor criminal cases, and civil cases where the amount at issue is $15,000 or less.

The Environmental Division has exclusive jurisdiction to enforce local codes and regulations affecting real property, such as fire and building codes. Despite its jurisdiction and name, the Franklin County Municipal Court is the judicial branch of the City of Columbus government.

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Important Information

The Franklin County Municipal Court is located just north of Interstate 70, in downtown Columbus, Ohio, in the County Complex bounded by High Street, Fulton Street, Front Street, and Mound Street. The Municipal Court building is the southernmost building facing High Street in the County Complex.

The Court is convenient to COTA  bus stops and directly on the CBUS route   

Upon arriving for Court, all visitors are required to go through Court Security


 ODOT is conducting a major construction project   that directly impacts visitors to the Municipal Court, particularly those parking in the garages.

Nearby Garages:
 Franklin County Commissioner's Garage (FCC) 34 East Fulton St.  
 Columbus Commons Parking Garage 55 East Rich St.  
 Franklin County Garage on Front Street 399 South Front St.  

 ODOT is conducting a major construction project   that directly impacts visitors to the Municipal Court, particularly those parking in the garages.

The Court observes the following holidays and will be closed:

New Year’s Day    
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
President's Day
Memorial Day    
Independence Day
Labor Day
Indigenous People's Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

 2024 Holiday Schedule with Early Closures

The statutory interest rate applicable when money becomes due on a written instrument, R.C. 1343.03(A), and to judgments rendered in civil actions for tortious conduct and breach of contract, R.C. 1343.03(B), will remain at 3% per annum for judgments granted during the calendar year of 2022, as recently determined by the Tax Commissioner pursuant to R.C. 5703.47. 

View the Tax Commissioner’s certification of the rate for 2022 and a chart showing the rates for the last several years.  


Events and Media Releases

Get the latest updates on what is happening at the Court. Discover updated policies and procedures, official press releases, and announcements highlighting Franklin County Municipal Court events.

A Look Back at This Year’s Valentine’s Day Weddings

February 14, 2024 | The Franklin County Municipal Court hosted special wedding ceremonies on Valentine’s Day that drew 66 couples. They said their vows inside a courtroom that had been turned into a festive wedding chapel. Read More to see some of the happy couples. Congratulations to them all!

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FREE Franklin County Criminal Record Sealing & Expungement Clinic

March 23, 2024 | A clinic that can help Franklin County residents seal and expunge Franklin County Municipal Court cases will be held at the Ohio Means Jobs Employment Center, 1111 E. Broad St. Space is limited, so pre-registration is necessary. Register Here!  

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