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Legal Resources

  • Court of Appeals
    With jurisdiction over Cuyahoga County, the Eighth Appellate District Court is the largest and busiest appellate court in Ohio. Randomly assigned, its twelve judges sit on three-judge panels. Weekly, nine or more cases are allocated to each panel for review.
  • Clerk of Courts
    The County Clerk of Courts is the official record keeper for the County Court of Common Pleas and the District Court of Appeals. The Clerk of Courts other major responsibility is the issuance of Certificates of Title for automobiles, boats, and trailers.
  • Cuyahoga County Code
  • Common Pleas Court
    Judges on the General Divison of the Common Pleas Court have "general jurisdiction" to hear civil and criminal cases. Under Ohio law Municipal courts have jurisdiction to hear civil cases with a value of up to $15,000.00; Common Pleas civil jurisdiction has no upper limit.
    • Foreclosure Mediation Service -  The Program was developed in collaboration with the legal and foreclosure-prevention communities. To mediate cases in a timely and cost efficient manner.
  • Court Docket
    The Court Docket provides information on Civil and Criminal cases. The Civil Search allows you to find information on cases pertaining to civil court matters such as divorce, domestic violence, contract litigation, foreclosures, Criminal and Civil Appeals, etc. The Criminal Search allows you to find information on cases pertaining to criminal court matters such as assault, robbery, drugs, homicide, burglary, trespassing, etc.
  • Cuyahoga Regional Information Systems (CRIS)
    CRIS provides accurate information to the law enforcement and criminal justice communities of Northeast Ohio via a computer network in a timely and efficient manner and to field personnel, aiding them in the decision making process.
  • Domestic Relations
    The Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court handles divorces, dissolution's, legal separations, annulments, and domestic violence petitions. Because of the special nature of cases involving families, the Court possesses “continuing” jurisdiction to enforce its orders and to modify orders concerning the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities of children, child support, and spousal support under certain circumstances.
  • Inspector General
    Cuyahoga County residents, employees and private entities doing business with the County are entitled to a government that supports a mission to detect, investigate and eliminate corruption, fraud, abuse, waste, criminal activity and conflicts of interest.
  • Jury Duty
    Jury duty is service as a juror in a legal proceeding. When a person is called for jury duty in the United States, that service is usually not optional: one must attend or face strict penalties. When attended, potential jurors may be asked to serve as a juror in a trial, or they may be dismissed.
  • Justice Services
    The Administrative Services Division supports Cuyahoga County Public Safety & Justice Services, and the County through the effective coordination of criminal justice and public safety initiatives by leveraging fiscal accountability and information technologies. The Justice Programs Division supports individuals and families in building toward a safer community through educational outreach, counseling and advocacy. Public Safety serves all people who live, work or visit Cuyahoga County and the Northeast Ohio Region by contributing to safer, healthier environments in a 24/7 capacity by providing support to emergency first responders.
  • Juvenile Court
    Juvenile court is a special court or department of a trial court which deals with under-age defendants charged with crimes or who are neglected or out of the control of their parents.
  • Law, Department of
    The Law Department lawyers work in collaborative teams to meet the County's 21st century legal demands. The Department's assistant law directors and other staff have unparalleled opportunities to take responsibility for important matters, to learn a variety of legal areas, and to play a role in visible issues that have an impact on public policy.
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
    The Cuyahoga County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a local organization mandated by the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 as well as Section 3750.03 of the Ohio Revised Code. It is one of 87 such Committees in Ohio, which chose to make counties the geographical focus for its local right-to-know requirements.
  • Mental Health Court
    The objectives of the Mental Health Court are early identification and linkages to treatment services for offenders with mental illness or those offenders that are developmentally disabled.
  • Medical Examiner 
    The Medical Examiner shall also have such powers and duties as shall be established by ordinance that are not inconsistent with those provided by general law for county coroners.
  • Probate Court
    The Probate Court is established in each county of Ohio to supervise the administration of the estate of a decedent who was a legal resident in the county at the time of his or her death.
  • Prosecutor's Office 
    A prosecutor is the chief legal representative of the prosecution in countries with either the common law adversarial system, or the civil law inquisitorial system. The prosecution is the legal party responsible for presenting the case in a criminal trial against an individual accused of breaking the law.
  • Public Defender 
    The Office of the Public Defender has four divisions: Felony, Appellate, Juvenile, and Public Defender. The felony attorney's represent clients in trials, probation violation hearings, hearings to determine whether psychiatric hospitalization needs to be continued, and hearings for first-time offenders. The Appellate attorneys file direct appeals to the Eighth District Court of Appeals, the Ohio Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. The Juvenile Division attorneys also represent parents of children who have been removed from the home by the Department of Children and Family Services. The Public Defenders Office provides legal services to indigent adults and juveniles charged with violations of the criminal code.
  • Sheriff's Office 
    The Sheriff's Office provides appropriate custodial care along with programs that support the physical, spiritual and constitutional needs of individuals committed to our custody. Every effort is made to assist the inmates in custody to understand and take responsibility for their involvement in the justice system.

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Other County Government

  • Boards & Commissions
    The majority of the Boards and Commissions in Cuyahoga County are Citizen Policy Making and Advisory Boards and Commissions. All of these boards and commissions are governed by the laws and regulations that have authorized them.
  • Board of Elections 
    The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections procures equipment, supplies, materials and services necessary to conduct elections in a manner which is in compliance with the laws of the State of Ohio and in the most cost effective way.
  • Charter Transition Advisory Group 
    The Transition Advisory Group was designed to secure public confidence in and support for their county government. The group was charged with developing recommendations for the orderly and efficient transition to the Charter government.
  • County Executive 
    The County Executive has all the duties of an administrative nature under the Charter as well as those vested in or imposed upon boards of county commissioners by general law.
  • County Council 
    The Council makes policy decisions for the effective functioning of County government, and is a link between government agencies and citizens. It has legislative and taxing authority for the County, and is a co-equal branch of the County government with the executive branch.
  • Cuyahoga Emergency Communications System (CECOMS) 
    The Cuyahoga Emergency Communications System (CECOMS) is a 24 hr, 7 day a week, emergency communications system for Cuyahoga County. The CECOMS is responsible for maintaining the status of hospitals in Cuyahoga County relative to their capability to receive patients transported by EMS. The purpose of this web-based system is to provide this information to EMS and hospitals for quick reference and eliminates calling CECOMS on the telephone to obtain the information.

Other Resources

  • Social Media
    A resource page that allows for fast access to the different Cuyahoga County departments that have social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.