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Ohio Appeal Courts

State Court Systems


Each state establishes its own system, so there are many variations, but most state systems encompass the following:

Finding a legal citation in HeinOnline - short guide for locating case law at both state and federal levels

Type of court Function The Ohio Court System
Court of last resort (usually called the supreme court) Deals with appeals from lower courts. Has discretion to decide which cases merit review. The Ohio Supreme Court.
Intermediate appellate courts Deal with appeals concerning lower court decisions. In Ohio the Courts of Appeals are divided into 13 districts.
Trial courts Trials at which evidence is heard, often in both criminal and civil cases

Each county has a Court of Common Pleas (sometimes with specialized divisions by subject), which deals with criminal felony cases and civil cases over $500.

The Court of Claims has statewide jurisdiction over civil cases against the state of Ohio and claims for compensation for crime victims.

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