The Clerk of Courtsí Legal Department handles documents or filings for five separate areas: the Civil Division, the Criminal Division, the Domestic Relations Division, the Court of Appeals Division and the Records Division. The Court of Common Pleas serves as a trial court for all civil, criminal, and domestic relations cases that occur within Fairfield County.
For issues regarding misdemeanor criminal and traffic matters and civil matters in dispute of $15,000 or less, please contact the Fairfield County Municipal Court.
Civil Division The civil division dockets all pleadings in foreclosures, money judgments, garnishments and other miscellaneous civil actions. The civil division also issues and files summonses, subpoenas, writs, Certificates of Judgment and all other related service in civil cases. The civil division also records all Notary Public Commissions.
Criminal Division The criminal division files and dockets all pleadings in felony criminal cases bound over to the grand jury and all grand jury indictments. The criminal division also issues summonses, subpoenas, warrants, capiases and all other related service in criminal cases.
Domestic Relations Division The domestic relations division files and dockets all pleadings in divorce, dissolution, parenting and other miscellaneous domestic actions. The domestic division also issues and files summonses, subpoenas, capiases, and all other related service in domestic cases.
Court of Appeals Division The Court of Appeals division receives all filings and manages all paperwork relating to cases which have been appealed to the 5th District Court of Appeals. This includes any appeals from the Common Pleas Court, Juvenile/Probate Court, and the Municipal Court in Fairfield County.
Records Division The records division of the Clerk's office is responsible for protecting, preserving, and disseminating official records in accordance with the records retention schedule according to state archival standards and state and federal law. The records division also provides public access to records for the Common Pleas Court, manages public records requests and maintains over 22 million pages of documents for both the Legal and Title Departments.
The Clerk's office has made every effort to serve the public in an efficient, professional and courteous manner. If you are looking for recorded documents, please contact the Fairfield County Recorder's Office. Any recorded documents from 1996 to the present are available online at Fairfield County Recorder's Online Record Search with older documents from the 1800s being available on microfilm and paper by visiting the County Recorder's office. Court dockets from 1993 to present are available online by searching on the Fairfield County Clerk of Courts Online Search. Prior years are available by contacting the Clerk of Courts Records Division. More information regarding the local practice and procedures of this division is available in the Local Rules of Criminal and Civil Practice of Common Pleas Court. Links to the Local Rules of the 5th District Court of Appeals and the Court of Domestic Relations are also available.
Fees are payable by cash, certified or personal check, credit card or money order. Please keep in mind, a 3% convenience fee will be added to the total on any credit card use. Bond payments must be paid by either cash or cashier's check.
Location: Hall of Justice 224 E. Main Street Lancaster, Ohio 43130 Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Monday-Friday)
Civil- Hall of Justice, 2nd Floor 740-652-7365 / Fax: 740-687-0158
Criminal- Hall of Justice, 2nd Floor 740-652-7366 / Fax: 740-687-0158
Domestic Relations- Hall of Justice, 4th Floor 740-652-7385 / Fax: 740-652-7399
Appellate- Hall of Justice, 2nd Floor 740-652-7387 / Fax: 740-687-0158
Records- Hall of Justice 4th Floor 740-652-7382 / Fax: 740-652-7399