The Lake County Court of Common
Pleas, General Division, is located at:
47 North Park Place, Painesville, Ohio 44077.
With four judges and 41 employees, the Lake County Common Pleas
Court, General Division, has jurisdiction to hear criminal felony cases where
the penalty imposed could be community control (probation) up to life
imprisonment, or in some cases, death. The court hears civil cases with
no limit on the amount that can be awarded. In addition, it hears appeals from
the decisions of state and local administrative agencies. About 3,800 new
cases are filed each year, including 900 felony cases and 1500 foreclosure
Cases are randomly assigned in each of the categories of civil,
criminal, stalking, and foreclosure, in equal numbers, to each of the four
judges of the General Division.
The judges of the Common Pleas Court were created by the Ohio
Constitution, Article IV § 4:
There shall be a court of common pleas and such divisions thereof as may be
established by law serving each county of the state. Any judge of a court of
common pleas or a division thereof may temporarily hold court in any county. In
the interests of the fair, impartial, speedy, and sure administration of
justice, each county shall have one or more resident judges, or two or more
counties may be combined into districts having one or more judges resident in
the district and serving the common pleas courts of all counties in the
district, as may be provided by law. Judges serving a district shall sit in
each county in the district as the business of the court requires. In counties
or districts having more than one judge of the court of common pleas, the
judges shall select one of their number to act as presiding judge, to serve at
their pleasure. If the judges are unable because of equal division of the vote
to make such selection, the judge having the longest total service on the court
of common pleas shall serve as presiding judge until selection is made by vote.
The presiding judge shall have such duties and exercise such powers as are
prescribed by rule of the supreme court.
The courts of common pleas and divisions thereof shall have such original
jurisdiction over all justiciable matters and such powers of review of
proceedings of administrative officers and agencies as may be provided by law.
Unless otherwise provided by law, there shall be a probate division and such
other divisions of the courts of common pleas as may be provided by law. Judges
shall be elected specifically to such probate division and to such other
divisions. The judges of the probate division shall be empowered to employ and
control the clerks, employees, deputies, and referees of such probate division
of the common pleas courts.
the other divisions, judges on the General Division have what is called
"general jurisdiction" to hear civil and criminal cases. Under Ohio
law, Municipal courts have jurisdiction to hear civil cases with a value of up
to $15,000.00; Common Pleas civil jurisdiction has no upper limit. Criminal
jurisdiction includes all crimes defined by statute as felonies, as well as
certain other criminal offenses.
you have a question concerning any of the following matters, you should contact
the Municipal Court for the appropriate community:
Traffic or Parking Violations
Small Claims Cases