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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

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FRANKLIN COUNTY MUNICIPAL COURT

375 S. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Directions
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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.
 

Get in the Know

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.

375 South High St.
Columbus OH 43215


The Court is convenient to COTA  


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.

There are a variety of parking locations and bus lines near the Municipal Court.

Daily Parking lots and garages:
 Franklin County Parking Garage 34 East Fulton St.  
 Columbus Commons Main Parking Garage 55 East Rich St.  
 Columbus Commons Underground Parking  191 South Third St.  
 Grange Insurance Parking 600 South Front St.  
 Brewery District Lot 111 Liberty St.  

The Central Ohio Transit Authority, or COTA, offers bus service from all over the county to locations near the courthouse.

Bus stops near Franklin County Municipal Court in Columbus include:


• E Mound St & S High St.
• W Mound St & S High St.
• S Front St & W Mound St.
• S High St & W Blenkner St.
• E Main St & S High St.
• W Main St & S Ludlow St.

You can also learn more about COTA’s bus services here  .
There are also many surface lots near the court. Downtown Columbus and Park Columbus show links to many.


 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    
Juneteenth
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 be at 8% per annum for judgments granted during the calendar year of 2024, as recently determined by the Tax Commissioner pursuant to R.C. 5703.47. 


View the Tax Commissioner’s certification of the rate for 2024 and a chart showing the rates for the last several years.  

Publication

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.

Franklin County Municipal Court Receives New Vending Machine that Offers Products to Help Reduce Harm

April 16, 2024 Products that can reduce drug overdose deaths and sexually transmitted diseases are now available free of charge at the Franklin County Municipal Court. You can learn more details about the new machines.

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Evictions in Franklin County on the rise; how the court offers resources to those in need

March 8, 2024 | The number of eviction notices filed with the Franklin County Municipal Court dramatically increased in 2023. The Court’s Self Help Center and Dispute Resolution Department help residents negotiate a settlement and potentially avoid having the eviction on their record, link residents to aid that can help with outstanding rent, and connect those facing eviction with Legal Aid Society of Columbus attorneys who may be able to represent them. The Center takes walk-in appointments daily and has an online chat service.

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