Civil Division - Civil General
In a Civil case, plaintiff or plaintiff’s attorney shall file
one original and one copy for every defendant. A party may extend for 28 days
the time required to file a response to a complaint, a counterclaim, cross claim
or a third party complaint if written application is made to the Clerk of Court
beforehand. Additional extensions of time may be granted by the court pursuant
to Rule 7(b) of the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure (or by written stipulation of
the parties). The complaint amount is limited to $15,000.00
Service shall be made in accordance with Ohio Rules of Procedure.
All motions shall be filed in duplicate with the Clerk of Court.
The filing of a new complaint should not exceed our jurisdictional amount and
of the parties must live within our venue or in the case of an accident, it
occurred here. All complaints filed with the Clerk shall be originals or legible
copies, handwritten in ink or typewritten on 8 ½ x 11-inch paper with a proper
heading, your Supreme Court number, your signature, notarized, have sufficient
copies and the correct court costs. Attorneys must include their Supreme Court
Once proper service is obtained against a defendant, the defendant has 28
days to file an answer. If the defendant files an answer, that case is
immediately assigned to a Judge.
The assigned Judge then reviews the case. A decision will be rendered
depending on what option was selected on the case management form.
Collection may be enforced by executions, license revocations, liens, wage
and non-wage garnishments.
A forcible entry and detainer may be filed with the court and
is set for hearing 14 days from the date of filing or as the court’s docket
permits. The court needs an original, two copies for each defendant, and one
copy that will be file stamped for the plaintiff. Service will be made for each
defendant by the bailiff, certified mail if requested and ordinary proof of
Where a second cause of action is filed on an eviction case, that case will
be set on the docket of the housing Judge.
To file a rent escrow, you must complete the
rent escrow form and checklist. You must have a current address for the
landlord and your rent. Citizens Dispute Settlement Program and the Housing
Court Magistrate screen the case to determine whether the case is appropriate
for mediation. If the case is not resolved through mediation, it is set on the
housing court docket. The tenant continues to deposit rent with the court until
the case is terminated.
The court will keep one percent of all money put into escrow as court costs.