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Access to Justice Resources

  • Limited Scope Representation
    Limited scope representation allows you to hire a lawyer to perform a specific set of legal tasks such as giving you legal advice, helping you fill out court forms and other documents, or preparing you to go to court.
  • Know your Rights
    Knowing your rights during a police stop, understanding how the criminal justice system works, and learning how to voice your opinion to shape laws are important for all Ohioans. Resources on these topics and more can be found at My Ohio Rights.
  • Keys to the Courtroom
    A resource of court procedures for those representing themselves in a civil case.
  • Legal Terminology: A Citizens Guide
    Citizens guide of legal terms and definitions frequently used in court to increase the level of understanding of the trial process.
  • Ohio Courts: A Citizens Guide
    A guide to Ohio courts and the judges who preside over those courts.
  • Report Child Abuse and Neglect 855 O-H-CHILD
    The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has launched 855-O-H-CHILD (855.642.4453), an automated telephone directory that will link callers directly to a child welfare or law enforcement office in their county. Reports can be anonymous.
  • Ohio Legal Help
    Need legal information, forms or a lawyer? Ohio Legal Help provides plain language legal help information, including an interactive self-help tool, connection to the local legal community, and other resources to help people resolve their legal issues. Find your local legal aid center.
  • Legal Aid: 1-866-LAW-OHIO (866.529.6446)
    Six Legal Aid offices provide high quality legal services to Ohio citizens. Call 1-866-LAW-OHIO (866.529.6446) to contact the local office that serves your area.
  • Ohio Justice Bus
    The Ohio Justice Bus is a mobile legal aid office that travels around the state providing free legal services and access to technology to help address legal needs in rural and underserved areas of the state.
  • Why Can’t I Talk to the Judge? A Citizens Guide
    To ensure fairness and equal treatment, judges are not allowed to receive information from one side or party. This guide outlines how to make proper communication with the judge assigned to a case.
  • Representing Yourself in Court: A Citizens Guide
    Information about preparing for a case, how to conduct oneself in the courtroom, and the roles of all people in the court room is provided in this resource guide.
  • Pro Seniors
    Statewide elder law hotline (1.800.488.6070) that provides legal advice, education, advocacy, and representation to individuals 60 and older at no cost to clients.
  • Victim's Rights Information
    If you are a victim of a crime, you have rights surrounding information and hearings. A full summary of rights is found in this document.
  • Filing a Grievance Against Judges or Lawyers (6 languages, 1 form)
    The Office of Disciplinary Counsel investigates allegations of ethical misconduct made against attorneys, judges, and magistrates, as well as the unauthorized practice of law. The complaint form may be downloaded and mailed to the Office.

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