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Small Claims Court: Small Claims Court Resources

This Resource Guide for Small Claims Court litigants is designed to direct you to a number of resources where you can get help to file and prepare your Small Claims Court case. We hope this Resource Guide is helpful!

Resources at Hamilton County Law Library

About this Guide

This guide is intended to provide basic information about the small claims court process in Hamilton County, Ohio.

Disclaimer: Hamilton County Law Library staff, as a service to its patrons, provides reference services and information, including these research guides. To protect the public interest, Ohio law requires that legal advice and services be rendered only by qualified attorneys who are subject to the guidelines of the courts. Library staff members do not interpret the law, provide legal advice, or explain court procedures. The information provided is not a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney.  None of our services shall be construed as giving legal advice.

The Hamilton County Small Claims Court

The Small Claims Court is a division of the Hamilton County Municipal Court and was designed to provide easy access to the court system to non-lawyers.  The Small Claims Court handles cases involving monetary damages not exceeding $3,000 (but increasing to $6,000 effective September 26, 2016.)   The Small Claims Court does not hear cases for slander, libel, replevin (an action for the return of specific personal property), malicious prosecution, abuse of process actions, punitive damages, or other cases where more than money is pursued.  

For more information on the Hamilton County Small Claims Court, the Hamilton County Small Claims Guide is recommended.  Among other things, it will provide you with the rules for, and costs of, filing a small claims suit; information on how to determine damages; recommendations for preparing for your case and appearing before the court; and the process for collecting a judgment.  

Relevant Rules

Ohio Rules of Appellate Procedure - See Rule 4 (Appeal as of right - when taken).

Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure - See Rules 3 (Commencement of action and venue) and 4.1 (Process: methods of service).

Substantive Rules of the Consumer Sales Practices Act

Subject Guide

Contact Us

The Law Library is open during Courthouse hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 

For directions to the library, see: http://lawlibrary.hamiltoncountyohio.gov/about/

We cannot provide research by phone or email, except for governmental officials and subscribers.  Please come into the library for research guidance and self-help.

In person: Hamilton County Courthouse, 1000 Main Street, 6th floor, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

By phone: 513.946.5300

On the web: http://lawlibrary.hamilton-co.org/

By fax: 513.946.5252

By email: reference@cms.hamilton-co.org

Contact Information for Courts

Hamilton County Municipal Court
1000 Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513.946.6464
http://www.hamilton-co.org/municipalcourt/

Clerk of Courts
Room 115 
Hamilton County Courthouse
1000 Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513.946.5700
http://www.courtclerk.org/