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Civil Litigation

Court Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays.

  • Cashier Closes at 4:30 p.m. Please arrive no later than 4:00 p.m. if your business with Court requires a filing fee or payment.
  • The Court remains open until 5:00 p.m. for informational, non-transaction purposes only.

The Civil Department dockets pleadings related to various types of litigation ancillary to the underlying estate, guardianship, or trust. Some examples of civil actions include will contests, will constructions, land sale proceedings, actions to determine heirship, actions for presumption of death, and actions for concealment of assets.

All civil actions must be e-filed through the Franklin County e-Filing System in the form of a complaint and must meet the requirements of the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure. The Court does not provide forms or formats for a civil complaint.

Minimum Deposits for Civil Actions:

Complaint for Land Sale


All Other Civil Action Complaints


Payment must be made by cash, certified check, cashier's check, money order, attorney's check or credit/debit card. Personal checks are NOT accepted.
Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. There is a separate 3% service charge for all credit/debit transactions that take place in the Probate Court.