January 15, 2010
Clerk's Office Posts on Website
Documents filed with the Franklin County Clerk of Courts on December 1 and after can be located on the Clerk’s Case Information Online docket system. A red and white icon on the docket line indicates that the filing can be viewed online.
Effective July 1, the Ohio Supreme Court adopted new rule on public access to court documents (Sup. R. 44-47), outlining what pieces of information must be redacted before records could be placed online. These include social security numbers, except for the last four digits; financial account numbers, including but not limited to debit card, charge card, and credit card numbers; employer and employee identification numbers; and a juvenile’s name in an abuse, neglect, or dependency case, except for the juvenile’s initials or a generic abbreviation such as “CV” for “child victim." Attorneys are instructed to place these pieces of information on a separate piece of paper when filing with the Court.
The Clerk’s office began scanning documents at the beginning of 2007. Filings dated from July, when the Rules of Superintendence went into effect, will be available online in the first quarter of next year, after the documents have undergone a quality assurance audit. Court documents dating back to 2003 will be released after they have been audited to ensure that social security numbers, etc., have been properly redacted.