The Summit County Court of Common Pleas is the court with general jurisdiction over matters that occur in Summit County, Ohio. The Common Pleas Court is located at 209 South High Street, Akron, Ohio 44308. For directions to the Court, please click here.
The Summit County Common Pleas Court is staffed by ten judges, who are elected to six year terms. Judicial elections for Common Pleas judges occur on even-numbered years. In addition to the ten judges, the Court also has a number of magistrates, who work under the judges in primarly civil-related matters.
As a general rule, the Common Pleas Court handles felony-level criminal offenses, ranging from drug possession and breaking and entering to rape and aggravated murder, but can also handle misdemeanors under certain circumstances. The Common Pleas Court also has jurisdiction over civil cases that exceed $15,000, as well as other civil matters where specific requests are made (i.e. injunctions, land disputes, etc.). The Common Pleas Court also serves in an appellate function when reviewing certain administrative actions, such as unemployment proceedings.
The Common Pleas Court also contains three other separate divisons: the Probate Division, the Juvenile Division and the Domestic Relations Division. Those divisions have limited jurisdiction over the types of cases they hear, but are considered to be part of the Common Pleas Court.
As with the municipal courts, the Summit County Court of Common Pleas is served by an elected Clerk of Courts. The Clerk of Courts in Summit County is responsible for maintaining the records of the Court, as well as serves other functions within county government.
If you wish to look up cases in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, you can click on the Clerk's wesbite here. The website, which also includes the dockets for the Domestic Relations Court and the Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals, contains usuful inforamtion about cases, including the motions that were filed and the dates of hearings. It also contains information about criminal cases, including what the person was charged with and convicted of.
The Clerk of Court's website does not contain information about probate or juvenile cases. The Probate Court maintains its own online database, which can be found here. The Juvenile Court does not maintain an online docket that is accessable to the general public, but can be accessed by attorneys assigned or retained on those specific cases.