Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How can I find out if a person is in jail or not?
Answer: Call the Franklin County Sheriff Office at 614.525.3368. You may also contact VINE at 1-800-770-0192 or visit their website at VINELINK
Q. How can I obtain my court case information?
Answer: Call the Franklin County Clerk of Court at 614.525.3650 for information about bond, court room assignment, court date, court time, assigned attorney, assigned prosecutor and assigned Judge. You may also visit the website by clicking Franklin County Clerk of Court.
Q. How can I obtain legal assistance?
Answer: Contact the Columbus Bar Association, 175 South Third Street, Suite 1100, Columbus, Ohio 43215, phone number 614-221-4112, website: cbalaw.org. You may also contact the Office of the Franklin County Public Defender, 373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215, phone number 614.525.3194.
Q. How do I file a misdemeanor complaint?
Answer: Contact the City Prosecutor’s Office, 375 South High Street, 7th floor, phone number 614-645-7483.
Q. How do I obtain information regarding my civil or Small Claims case?
Answer: Contact your attorney or the Franklin County Clerk of Court at 614.525.3621 or the Franklin County Municipal Small Claims Court at 614-645-8186. To search by web click Franklin County Clerk of Court or Franklin County Municipal Small Claims Court.
Q. How do I file a protection order?
Answer: Click Protection Orders
Q. How do I file charges on a juvenile?
Answer: Our Juvenile Intake Unit, 399 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215 will assist anyone who desires to file a complaint for a criminal offense against a juvenile. Please call ahead at 614.525.7388 to determine if the situation constitutes a delinquency charge.
Q. How does the court process work?
Answer: Click on the attached link:Court Process.