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Common Pleas
The Common Pleas Division of the Clerk's Office works in four separate areas:
Appellate, Civil, Criminal and Domestic Relations.
 
Appellate Division
The Appellate Division receives all filings and manages all paperwork relating to cases which have been appealed to the First District Court of Appeals. This includes any appeals from the Hamilton County Municipal Court, the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, the Hamilton County Juvenile Court and the Hamilton County Probate Court.

Filings outside of regular business hours will be accepted in the Hamilton County Courthouse, room 315 from noon until 4:00 PM. Filings after 4:00 PM or on holidays or weekends will be accepted in the Justice Center, room 112.

Local Appeals Court Rules are available on the First District Court of Appeals Website. At the Appeals Court site it is also possible to search for decision summaries and acquire forms and instructions for Appeals Court filings.
Office Location Phone Hours
William Howard Taft Building
12th Floor
230 East 9th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 946-3746
Filing Desk
8AM - 12PM
Monday - Friday
 
Appellate Links
Civil
The Civil Division of Common Pleas receives all paperwork relating to law suits, such as personal injury, foreclosures, and business disputes. This Division also records Ohio sales and income tax judgments for public record; issues Certificates of Judgment and subpoenas; and issues all checks for witness fees. All Common Pleas Court documents may be secured at this Division, including Certified Copies of Divorce Decrees.

A special service of the Civil Division is the issuance of Notary Public Commissions.

The Civil Division in Room 315 of the Hamilton County Courthouse is open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Monday thru Friday. Any Common Pleas pleadings filed after 4:00pm or on holidays or weekends can be filed in the Clerk of Courts, Room 112 of the Hamilton County Justice Center, 314 East 9th Street. Certain pleadings also may be filed by fax without actually bringing the pleading to the Clerk's office. Faxes may be transmitted seven days a week, 24 hours a day to our fax at (513) 946-5640. Filings that cannot be accepted by fax are those which require a deposit fee and/or require a judge's signature. For more detailed information about filing by fax please see Rule 34 of Local Rules of Criminal and Civil Practice of Common Pleas Court.
Office Location Phone Hours
Hamilton County Court House
Room 315
1000 Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 946-5664
Cost Desk
8AM - 4PM
Monday - Friday
(513) 946-5678
Execution Desk
(513) 946-5635
Issue Desk
(513) 946-5692
Paper Room
 
Civil Links
Criminal
The Criminal Division of Common Pleas processes all felony cases bound over to the grand jury and all grand jury indictments. It also prepares for and oversees Common Pleas arraignments; and dockets and files all motions, entries, warrants, and summons relating to criminal cases. This division also processes driver license suspensions sent to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

This division creates and processes all warrants and issues subpoenas for criminal cases.

Bonds may be posted 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at the 24-hour office of the Clerk of Courts located on the 1st Floor of the Hamilton County Justice Center, 314 East 9th Street.

Bond refund checks are issued Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 3:30PM ONLY, excluding county holidays, at the Office of the Clerk of Courts located on the 3rd Floor of the Courthouse, Room 315.

Additional questions concerning bonds are answered on the FAQ page of this website.
Office Location Phone Hours
Hamilton County Court House
Room 315
1000 Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 946-5683
Bond Refunds
8AM - 4PM
Monday - Friday
(513) 946-5675
Criminal Desk
(513) 946-5661
Cost Desk
 
Criminal Links
Domestic Relations
This is the division in which marital and other other non-criminal domestic disputes are handled. The Domestic Relations Division of Common Pleas engages in the same activities as the Civil Division, except that it handles all domestic relations cases.

Certified Copies of Divorce Decrees and Dissolutions may be obtained at the following locations depending on the final disposition of the case: (Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.).

Cases 1989 through 1993 may be obtained at 1000 Main Street, Hamilton County Courthouse, Room 315 (Paper Room). Phone Number: (513) 946-5693.

Cases 1994 through the current year may be obtained at 800 Broadway, Room 347. Phone number: (513) 946-9167.

All filings must be presented to the Docket office (800 Broadway, Room 346) for filing with the Clerk of Courts. The Local Rules of the Court of Domestic Relations provide additional information on court procedure. Also, see Notice To All Domestic Relations Attorneys for information about H.B. 535 pertaining to Property Division Orders.

For more information or questions regarding the Domestic Relations Division, please contact any of the following offices for assistance or go to the Court of Domestic Relations website.
Office Location Phone Hours
Old Enquirer Building
Room 347
800 Broadway
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 946-9150
Issue Desk
8AM - 4PM
Monday - Friday
(513) 946-9166
Cost Desk
(513) 946-9157
Certified Copy Desk
(513) 946-9167
File Clerk
 
Domestic Relations Links