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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.

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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