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FIling a Lawsuit in Ohio: Jurisdiction


One of the first decisions you will need to make before filing a lawsuit is to decide which court to use. This guide is focused on the Franklin County Courts, located in Columbus, Ohio. If your case involves money damages of less than $6,000, you can file in Franklin County Small Claims Court. For cases between $6,000 and $15,000, you can file in Franklin County Municipal Court. If your case is worth more than $15,000, you must file in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. If you are suing the State of Ohio, you must file in the Ohio Court of Claims.

Ohio Laws


Personal Jurisdiction

You can only sue in Franklin County if the defendant (the person or entity you are suing) has some "minimum contacts" with Franklin County: