HOURS OF OPERATION: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, EXCEPT LEGAL HOLIDAYS
CLERK’S HOURS OF OPERATION: 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, EXCEPT LEGAL HOLIDAYS
PLEASE NOTE: In order to better serve the court, the public, and the legal community, the hours of the Common Pleas Clerk of Courts are now 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Every unvaccinated person entering the Courthouse MUST wear a mask.
Please read the red link above for other details.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to mandatory health screenings at the entrance to the Courthouse, please arrive early for any court proceeding that you must attend. If you are having any symptoms of illness, such as a fever or a cough, DO NOT COME TO COURT. You will be denied entry. Please review notices elsewhere on this web site for updated information.
*NOTICE TO COUNSEL-January 3, 2022-Use of Masks in Courtroom 204
Visiting Judge R. Alan Corbin will be presiding in Courtroom 204 until a permanent successor to Retired Judge Jerry McBride is appointed. Judge Corbin will expect everyone in his courtroom to wear masks and maintain social distancing, consistent with applicable health and safety guidelines. Masks may be lowered when addressing the Court to ensure a clear audio recording.
PLEASE NOTE: Effective August 4th, 2020, the Court of Common Pleas has ordered that the cost of filing a foreclosure complaint is increased to $570.00, of which $220.00 will be placed on deposit for the on-line auction fee mandated by H.B. 390. Please prepare your filing procedures accordingly.
PLEASE NOTE: The Court has adopted new procedures for garnishments and related proceedings. Please review the GARNISHMENT SPECIAL ORDER here.
PLEASE NOTE: The Court has issued a stay of foreclosure and sheriff’s sale proceedings. Please review the Order Staying Foreclosure here.
TO ALL COUNSEL SEEKING CRIMINAL CASE APPOINTMENTS: Please take notice that the Common Pleas Court has adopted a new form for counsel seeking to receive appointments to represent indigent criminal defendants. All counsel must submit the new form pursuant to the regulations of the Ohio Public Defender Commission in OAC chapter 120-1. Counsel are urged to review the regulations in that chapter. Completed forms should be returned promptly to Court Administrator Diana Owens. Please click for the Appointed Counsel Application Form in PDF format.
NOTICE REGARDING COURT MEDIATION
Effective April 23, 2021, court ordered mediations will be conducted in person in the Courthouse with appropriate safety protocols in effect. Mediation by Zoom or other electronic means will only be permitted in special circumstances and with prior approval of the Assigned Judge. The Mediation Conference Room is sanitized on a regular basis and is large enough for social distancing. Mask wearing will be required. Please direct any questions you have on your particular case to the Court Mediator.
Holiday Schedule: Please take notice that the Clermont County Common Pleas Court will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. The Court will reopen on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 8:00 AM.
Please be advised that the Kahle Building across East Main Street from the Courthouse, formerly the site of the Clermont County Court, the Municipal Court, and most recently the County Records Center, has been demolished to make way for new parking. Parking Diagram
Common Pleas Court Receives Supreme Court of Ohio Technology Grants: The Clermont County Common Pleas Court recently received two grants from the Supreme Court of Ohio for the upgrade of courthouse technology. The grants from the Supreme Court’s Technology Grant Fund total $54,608, and consist of $40,000 for courthouse security video upgrades, and $14,608 for improved courtroom audio-visual equipment. The two grant checks were presented by Supreme Court Justice Judith French to the Common Pleas Court in a ceremony on April 25, 2019 in the courtroom of Judge Richard Ferenc.
Pictured above, left to right: Clermont County Bar Association President Ernie Ramos, Judge Anthony Brock, Justice Judith French,
Judge Richard Ferenc, Judge Victor Haddad.
NOTICE REGARDING NEW COURT COSTS SCHEDULE:
EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2018, the Court is amending its Local Rules Appendix A-Security for Costs. The current costs schedule will expire August 31, 2018. The increased costs are:
Security For Costs
|NEW CIVIL CASE||$250.00|
|APPEAL OF ARBITRATION||$450.00|
|JUDGMENT DEBTOR EXAM||$125.00|
|WRIT OF POSSESSION||$250.00|
|PETITION FOR CQE||$125.00|
|RECORDING CERTIFICATE OF JUDGMENT||$30.00|
|CANCELLATION OF CERTIFICATE OF JUDGMENT||$10.00|
|STATE OF OHIO CERTIFICATE OF JUDGMENT||$40.00|
|FOREIGN CERTIFICATE OF JUDGMENT||$75.00|
|JURY TRIAL (DEPOSIT)||$300.00|
|JURY VIEW (DEPOSIT)||$400.00|
|APPEAL TO THE TWELFTH APPELLATE DISTRICT||$225.00|
|FOREIGN COUNTY SHERIFF’S SERVICE (PER DEFENDANT)||$50.00|
|STATE REPARATION/INDIGENT DEFENSE SUPPORT FUND||$60.00|
|BAIL BOND SURCHARGE||$25.00|
|INDIGENT DEFENDANT APPLICATION||$25.00|
|PETITION FOR RELIEF FROM DISABILITY||$125.00|
|ORDER OF SALE||$150.00|
|PROCESS SERVER APPOINTMENT-INDIVIDUAL||$25.00|
|PROCESS SERVER APPOINTMENT-COMPANY||$50.00|
|WITNESS FEE (PER DAY)||$12.00|
|MILEAGE (WITNESS PER MILE)||$0.51|
EFFECTIVE DATE: SEPTEMBER 1, 2018
Comments Welcomed: The new website for the Common Pleas Court has been available to the public since January 2017. If you have comments, suggestions, improvements to the new site, or an error correction, please submit them by clicking here. Thank you for your input.
The Clermont County Board of Commissioners has posted a YouTube video “What is the Common Pleas Court?” on its website. The video can be accessed by clicking HERE.
Retiring Judge Thomas Herman has given an interview on his years of service to Clermont County. The video can be accessed by clicking HERE.
TO ALL COUNSEL INVOLVED IN FORECLOSURE CASES, Please take notice that the Court has adopted major amendments to Local Rule 11 involving judicial sales. A copy of the rule can be found here. All new foreclosure cases filed will require the submission of a Property Description Approval Form (available here) which must be reviewed by the Auditor’s Office Tax Map Department before filing the complaint with the Clerk. The fee for a Writ of Possession is now $200. The amended version of Local Rule 11 will be effective November 24, 2014. Please adjust your procedures to conform to the new version of the Local Rule and advise your clients accordingly. A complete version of the Local Rules as amended is available here.
Please take notice that Retired Judge McBride has posted the procedure he uses in revivor proceedings on this web site under his judicial preferences. A copy of this procedure is available HERE. Any counsel planning to file a revivor should review and follow this procedure. Retired Judge McBride has also posted updated versions of his civil and criminal pre-trial orders, and his list of witnesses, exhibits, and depositions.
Please take notice that the Court has updated its reported civil jury verdicts for reference by counsel and parties. The report covers trials through October of 2014. The jury verdicts report is available HERE.
Please take notice that the Court has posted on this web site a schematic diagram of major county buildings. Anyone is welcome to use this diagram to get to the correct government building, including the Clermont County Courthouse, in a timely manner. Attorneys are free to download and print this map to assist their clients. A copy of the schematic is available here.
Please take notice that failure to submit Appointed Counsel fee applications on criminal cases within 90 days of disposition of the case will result in a 35% reduction in the fee, based on Ohio Public Defender’s Office rules.
Please take notice that the Clerk of Courts has updated the Civil Case Classification form. Please use this version for all future filings. A copy of the updated 2014 form is available here.
Effective May 1, 2014, the fee for filing an appeal to the 12th District Court of Appeals has been raised to $225.00 for all cases, criminal and civil. Please plan accordingly if you are filing a Notice of Appeal in the near future.
Please take notice that the Clermont County Common Pleas Court has amended its Local Rules effective May 2, 2013. These amendments cover new provisions for petitions for Certificates of Qualification for Employment, updates to arraignment practice and the Clerk’s fee schedule, and renumbering of certain rules. The May 2, 2013 amendments are available here. The complete Local Rules are available here and on the Local Rules page of this web site. Individual Local Rules as amended have been posted on the Local Rules page.
Please take notice that the Court now has information about Certificates of Qualification for Employment (CQEs) listed in the Frequently Asked Questions section of this web site. The CQE petition process was created in a recent amendment to ORC 2953.25. The link to the FAQs is here.
Additional judge’s opinions are being posted on the Court’s web site as they become available for the benefit of the practicing bar. All posted court opinions may be accessed here.
September 19, 2011 Attorneys should take note that the Court is operating under the newly revised fee schedule for appointed counsel in criminal cases. The current rates as approved by the Board of County Commissioners is $60 per hour for in-court work and $50 per hour for out-of-court work. The full text of the Commissioners’ resolution can be found here.
July 25, 2011 The Clermont County Common Pleas Court has posted judicial preferences for practices and procedures on this web site. An attorney or party may go to the page “Judicial Preferences” and click on a judge’s name to get a PDF with that judge’s individual preferences for practice in his court. These listings of judicial preferences for practices and procedures for counsel and parties are offered for the convenience and guidance of those appearing before the individual judges in the Clermont County Common Pleas Court, General Division. Each judge reserves the right and has the discretion to modify these preferences to suit the circumstances of individual cases as the law and the facts require.
May 26, 2011 The Local Rules of the Clermont County Common Pleas Court, General Division, as amended May 24, 2011, are now posted on the Court’s web site. The major change is the adoption of Local Rule 1 regarding the assignment to judges of both criminal and civil cases. In addition to the individual Local Rules, counsel and other interested parties may download a complete set of Local Rules in PDF format.
May 10, 2011 Judge Richard Ferenc was interviewed on Clermont County Today on May 6, 2001 regarding his initial impressions on becoming a Common Pleas Court Judge, and his observations on trends in the court caseload. To see the complete interview, please click HERE.