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Ohio District Courts of Appeal

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The district 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.[1]


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.

Judicial Districts

There are twelve judicial districts in Ohio.

District Counties served
First District Hamilton County
Second District Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami and Montgomery Counties
Third District Allen, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Logan, Marion, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam, Seneca, Shelby, Union, Van Wert and Wyandot Counties
Fourth Distict Adams, Athens, Gallia, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington Counties
Fifth District Ashland, Coshocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Guernsey, Holmes, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Perry, Richland, Stark and Tuscarawas Counties
Sixth District Erie, Fulton, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams, and Wood Counties
Seventh District Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Mahoning, Monroe and Noble Counties
Eighth District Cuyahoga County
Ninth District Lorain, Medina, Summit and Wayne Counties
Tenth District Franklin County
Eleventh District Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Portage and Trumbull Counties
Twelfth District Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Madison, Preble and Warren Counties

As of 2014, there are 69 court of appeals judges. 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.

District I

District II

District III

District IV

District V

District VI

District VII

District VIII

District IX

District X

District XI

District XII

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