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Appeals Courts

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County: Hamilton

Contact:
230 East Ninth St., 12th Floor
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Ph.: 513.946.3500
Fax: 513.946.3412
Julie Kahrs Nessler, Court Administrator

Appellate Judges:
Ginger Bock
Pierre H. Bergeron
Marilyn Zayas
Candace C. Crouse
Robert C. Winkler
Beth A. Myers

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County: Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery

Contact:
41 N. Perry, P.O. Box 972
Dayton, Ohio 45422
Ph.: 937.225.4464
Fax: 937.496.7724
Erin Scanlon, Court Administrator

Appellate Judges:
Mary E. Donovan
Chris Epley
Jeffrey M. Welbaum
Ronald C. Lewis
Michael Tucker

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County: Allen, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Logan, Marion, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam, Seneca, Shelby, Union, Van Wert, Wyandot

Contact:
204 N. Main Street
Lima, Ohio 45801
Ph.: 419.223.1861
Fax: 419.224.3828
Gregory B. Miller, Court Administrator

Appellate Judges:
Mark C. Miller
Stephen R. Shaw
William R. Zimmerman
John R. Willamowski

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County: Adams, Athens, Gallia, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, Washington

Contact:
P.O. Box 790
Circleville, Ohio 43113
Ph.: 740.420.5110
Fax: 740.420.5111
Tasha Ruth, Court Administrator

Appellate Judges:
Jason P. Smith
Peter B. Abele
Michael D. Hess
Kristy S. Wilkin

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County: Ashland, Coshocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Guernsey, Holmes, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Perry, Richland, Stark, Tuscarawas

Contact:
110 Central Plaza S. #320
Canton, Ohio 44702
Ph.: 330.451.7765
Fax: 330.451.7249
Melinda Cooper, Court Administrator

Appellate Judges:
Craig R. Baldwin
William B. Hoffman
W. Scott Gwin
Patricia A. Delaney
John W. Wise
Earle E. Wise Jr.

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County: Erie, Fulton, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams, Wood

Contact:
One Constitution Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Ph.: 419.213.4755
Fax: 419.213.4844
Jason A. Hill, Court Administrator

Appellate Judges:
Gene A. Zmuda
Christine Mayle
Mark L. Pietrykowski
Thomas J. Osowik
Myron C. Duhart

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County: Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Mahoning, Monroe, Noble

Contact:
131 West Federal Street
Youngstown, Ohio 44503
Ph.: 330.740.2180
Fax: 330.740.2182
Beth Anne Aurilio, Court Administrator

Appellate Judges:
Cheryl L. Waite
David A. D'Apolito
Carol Ann Robb
Gene Donofrio

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County: Cuyahoga

Contact:
Cuyahoga County Courthouse 1 Lakeside Avenue #202
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Ph.: 216.443.6350
Fax: 216.443.2044
Erin M. O'Toole, Court Administrator

Appellate Judges:
Emanuella D. Groves
Anita Laster Mays
Mary J. Boyle
Sean C. Gallagher
Mary Eileen Kilbane
Lisa Forbes
Kathleen Ann Keough
Eileen A. Gallagher
Frank D. Celebrezze III
Michelle J. Sheehan
Eileen T. Gallagher
Cornelius J. O'Sullivan

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County: Lorain, Medina, Summit, Wayne

Contact:
121 S. Main Street, #200
Akron, Ohio 44308
Ph.: 330.643.2250
Fax: 330.643.2091
C. Michael Walsh, Court Administrator

Appellate Judges:
Thomas A. Teodosio
Donna J. Carr
Betty S. Sutton
Jennifer Hensal
Lynne S. Callahan

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County: Franklin

Contact:
373 South High Street - 24th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Ph.: 614.525.3580
Fax: 614.525.7249
Douglas W. Eaton, Court Administrator

Appellate Judges:
William A. Klatt
Michael C. Mentel
Julia L. Dorrian
Lisa L. Sadler
Laurel Beatty Blunt
Keith McGrath
Betsy Luper Schuster
Terri Jamison

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County: Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Portage, Trumbull

Contact:
111 High Street, NE.
Warren, Ohio 44481
Ph.: 330.675.2650
Fax: 330.675.2655
Shibani Sheth-Massacci, Court Administrator

Appellate Judges:
Cynthia Westcott Rice
Mary Jane Trapp
Thomas R. Wright
Matthew J. Lynch
John J. Eklund

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County: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Madison, Preble, Warren

Contact:
1001 Reinartz Blvd.
Middletown, Ohio 45042
Ph.: 513.425.6609
Fax: 513.425.8751
Bennett A. Manning, Court Administrator

Appellate Judges:
Robin N. Piper III
Stephen W. Powell
Robert A. Hendrickson
Mike Powell
Matthew Byrne

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The courts of appeals are established by Article IV, Section 1 of the Ohio Constitution, and their jurisdiction is outlined in Article IV, Section 3. As intermediate level appellate courts, their primary function is to hear appeals from the common pleas, municipal and county courts. Each case is heard and decided by a three-judge panel.

The state is divided into twelve appellate districts by Article IV, section 3 of the Ohio Constitution and section 2501.01 of the Revised Code. Each district is served by a court of appeals that sits in each of the counties in that district. The number of judges in each district depends on a variety of factors, including the court's caseload and the size of the district. The number of judges in each district varies from four to twelve.

In addition to their appellate jurisdiction, the courts of appeals have original jurisdiction, as does the Supreme Court, to hear applications for writs of habeas corpus, mandamus, procedendo, prohibition and quo warranto. The Tenth District Court of Appeals in Franklin County also hears appeals from the Ohio Court of Claims.

Court of appeals judges are elected in even-numbered years to six-year terms on a nonpartisan ballot. Appellate judges must be attorneys with at least six years of experience in the practice of law. The Governor makes appointments to fill vacancies in courts of appeals that occur between elections.


*Superintendence Rule 5 requires each court to file with the Clerk of the Supreme Court by Feb. 1 of each year, a current copy of its local rules or a letter certifying that no changes have been made to previously submitted rules.

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