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Lorain County Court Records

Lorain County court records provide official documentation of proceedings and decisions of courts in the county. Typically, Lorain County court records, like Ohio Court records, include details about the wide range of civil and criminal cases handled by courts in the county. Some examples include filings, motions, judgments, and orders.

Are Court Records Public in Lorain County?

Under the Ohio Open Records Law, Lorain County provides members of the public with access to court records. Lorain court records are available at the office of the Clerk of Courts and the courthouses.

Record seekers should note that there are certain court records or information that are exempt from public access. Some options may include:

  • Medical information;
  • Records relating to probation and parole hearings, processes relating to the enforcement of community control sanctions and post-release control sanctions;
  • Records relating to trial preparation;
  • Investigatory records of confidential law enforcement;
  • Residential and familial information about public service workers;
  • Information relating to the recreational activities of an individual under eighteen years;
  • Records that their release is prohibited by state or federal law.

Lorain County Court Records Search

The Lorain County Clerk of Courts is the custodian of the records of the Court of Common Pleas (General and Domestic Relations Divisions). Record seekers can use the online access portal to search cases from 1988. The portal offers various search options such as by party name, attorney, or case number. It provides access to daily schedules for Judges and Magistrates, excluding Probate and Juvenile cases, quick index for alphabetical case searches, general index for detailed case information, and docket sheets for case summaries.

Record seekers can also obtain copies by submitting an in-person or mail request to the Clerk’s office. They cost $1 per page, including certificate and seal. The request should be made in writing and accompanied with payment to:

Clerk of Courts - Records Division
225 Court Street
Room 109
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: (440) 329-5511
Fax: (440) 329-5400

For probate court records, interested parties can use the online search records portal or submit an in-person or mail request at the courthouse, with the address below:

Lorain County Probate Court
Justice Center
225 Court Street, 6th Floor
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: (440) 329-5175
Phone: (440) 244-6261
Fax: (440) 328-2157

The portal can be searched by name, case type, and case number.

Lorain County Court Records Search by Name

Court records of the General and Domestic Relations Divisions of the Court of Common Pleas can be searched by name using the online access portal provided by the Lorain County Clerk of Courts. For probate court records, use the online search records portal to search by name.

Lorain County Courts

Lorain County’s court system consists of a Court of Common Pleas (with four Divisions), five Municipal Courts, and six Mayor’s Courts. The Court of Common Pleas possesses broad jurisdiction encompassing both criminal and civil cases, extending to matters not within the jurisdiction of the other courts in the county.

The Municipal Court handles misdemeanors, traffic offenses, and small claims. Mayor’s Courts preside over criminal and quasi-criminal cases in areas outside Municipal Court jurisdiction, addressing violations of municipal ordinances, certain criminal traffic violations like driving under the influence, and select parking infractions.

Below are addresses and contact information of the courts in Lorain County:

Courts of Common Pleas in Lorain County

Lorain County Court of Common Pleas - Domestic Relations and Juvenile Divisions
Lorain County Justice Center
225 Court Street
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: (440) 329-5277 (Domestic Relations)
Fax: (440) 329-5506 (Domestic Relations)
Phone: (440) 329-5187 (Juvenile)
Fax: (440) 329-5271 (Juvenile)

 

Lorain County Court of Common Pleas - General Division
Lorain County Justice Center
225 Court Street
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: (440) 329-5536 (Civil)
Fax: (440) 328-2416 (Civil)
Phone: (440) 329-5538 (Criminal)
Fax: (440) 329-5404 (Criminal)

 

Lorain County Courts of Common Pleas - Probate Division
Lorain County Justice Center
225 Court Street
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: (440) 329-5175
Fax: (440) 328-2157

Municipal Courts in Lorain County

Avon Lake Municipal Court
32855 Walker Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012
Phone: (440) 930-4103
Fax: (440) 930-4128

 

Elyria Municipal Court
601 Broad Street
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: (440) 326-1800
Fax: (440) 326-1878 (Civil)
Fax: (440) 326-1877 (Criminal/Traffic)

 

Lorain Municipal Court
200 W Erie Avenue
Lorain, OH 44052
Phone: (440) 204-2140
Fax: (440) 204-2146

 

Oberlin Municipal Court
85 S Main Street
Oberlin, OH 44074
Phone: (440) 775-1751
Fax: (440) 775-0619

 

Vermilion Municipal Court
687 Decatur Street
Vermilion, OH 44089
Phone: (440) 204-2430
Fax: (440) 204-2431

Mayor’s Courts in Lorain County

Avon Mayor’s Court
38060 Chester Road
Avon, OH 44011
Phone: (440) 937-7802
Fax: (440) 937-7824

 

Grafton Mayor’s Court
Grafton Town Hall
960 Main Street
Grafton, OH 44044
Phone: (440) 926-2401
Fax: (440) 926-9018

 

LaGrange Mayor’s Court
355 S Center Street
LaGrange, OH 44050
Phone: (440) 355-5555

 

North Ridgeville Mayor’s Court
7307 Avon Belden Road
North Ridgeville, OH 44039
Phone: (440) 353-0821
Fax: (440) 353-1521

 

Sheffield Lake Mayor’s Court
609 Harris Road
Sheffield Lake, OH 44054
Phone: (440) 949-6778

 

Sheffield Village Mayor’s Court
Municipal Complex
4340 Colorado Avenue
Sheffield Village, OH 44054
Phone: (440) 949-6324
Fax: (440) 949-6341

Lorain County Court of Common Pleas Court Records

The Lorain County Court of Common Pleas typically handles a variety of cases, including civil, criminal, and domestic relations matters. The court is divided into three divisions - Domestic Relations, General, and Probate-Juvenile. The Lorain County Clerk of Courts maintains records for the Court of Common Pleas (General and Domestic Relations Divisions), while the court records for the Probate-Juvenile are obtainable at the courthouse.

To search General and Domestic Relations Division cases, use the online access portal. The portal offers search options by party name, attorney, or case number. It also provides access to daily schedules for Judges and Magistrates, quick index for alphabetical case searches, general index for detailed case information, and docket sheets for case summaries.

Copies of records can be obtained by submitting an in-person or mail request to the Clerk’s office. The cost is $1 per page, including certificate and seal. Requests should be made in writing and sent with payment to:

Clerk of Courts - Records Division
225 Court Street
Room 109
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: (440) 329-5511
Fax: (440) 329-5400

For probate court records, individuals can use the online search records portal or make an in-person or mail request to the Lorain County Probate Court, located at:

Lorain County Probate Court
Justice Center
225 Court Street, 6th Floor
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: (440) 329-5175
Phone: (440) 244-6261
Fax: (440) 328-2157

Lorain County Criminal Records

Lorain criminal records provide comprehensive information about the criminal activities of persons within the county. This information includes Lorain County arrest records, date of conviction, probation record, and incarceration information. According to Ohio law, Lorain County criminal records are not public records. The law places a restriction on access to criminal history information and the authorization for the release of their information.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI) acts as the central repository for criminal records in the state. The BCI&I provides the Computerized Criminal History Records service that enables persons to order criminal history record checks online through a livescan or card scan. To obtain computerized criminal records, individuals are required to provide specific information about the document, along with a processing fee of $22. The information includes the authorized signature of the record owner, personal information, and fingerprints.

Additionally, applicants must be aware of the name of the record owner, their current address, and other identifying characteristics. The processing fee, payable to the ‘Treasurer of the State of Ohio,’ can be submitted via check, electronic payment, or money order. Electronic submissions can be sent to any of the BCI addresses listed below:

London BCI
1560 State Route 56 Southwest
London, OH 43140

 

Bowling Green BCI
750 North College Drive
Bowling Green, OH 43402

 

Richfield BCI
4055 Highlander Parkway
Richfield, OH 44286

 

Youngstown BCI
20 West Federal Street
Youngstown, OH 44503

The Records Division of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office provides interested persons with access to Lorain County criminal records. To obtain criminal records, visit the Records Division during regular business hours, which are Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at:

Lorain County Sheriff’s Office
9896 Murray Ridge Road
Elyria, OH 44035
(440) 329-3703
(440) 329-3709

The requester should specify the particular criminal records required and provide relevant details such as the name of the subject and any known case numbers. The records cost 5 cents per page for paper copies and $1 per disc for downloaded computer files burned onto compact discs. Payment needs to be made in advance, and for those requesting mailed documents, including a self-addressed stamped envelope along with the payment is advisable.

Upon receipt of the request and payment, the Records Division processes the request within a reasonable time frame during regular business hours. The requester will receive the requested records either in person or by mail, depending on their preference.

Lorain County Criminal Court Case Lookup

To look up criminal court case information, use the online access portal. The portal can be searched using the defendant’s name, attorney, or case number. It also provides access to a quick index for alphabetical case searches, general index for detailed case information, and docket sheets for case summaries.

Copies of criminal case information can be obtained by submitting an in-person or mail request to the Clerk of Courts office. It costs $1 per page, including certificate and seal. Requests should be made in writing and sent with payment to:

Clerk of Courts - Records Division
225 Court Street
Room 109
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: (440) 329-5511
Fax: (440) 329-5400

Get Lorain County Civil Court Records

The General Division of the Court of Common Pleas hears civil matters in the county and the Clerk of Court acts as the custodian of the civil court records. Interested persons can search civil court records by searching the online access portal. The portal can be searched by party name, attorney, and case number. The portal also provides daily schedules for Judges and Magistrates, quick index for alphabetical case searches, general index for detailed case information, and docket sheets for case summaries.

Interested persons can get copies of civil court records by making in-person or mail requests to the Clerk’s office. It costs $1 per page, including certificate and seal. The request should be made in writing and sent with payment to:

Clerk of Courts - Records Division
225 Court Street
Room 109
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: (440) 329-5511
Fax: (440) 329-5400

Lorain County Family Court Records

In Lorain County, family law cases are heard by the Domestic Relations Division of the Court of Common Pleas. This division deals with various family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, and domestic violence issues. The Clerk of Courts is the custodian of family court records in Lorain County.

The clerk provides an online access portal where individuals can search for cases handled by the Domestic Relations Division. The portal offers different search options, including party name, attorney, or case number. Additionally, it provides access to daily schedules for Judges and Magistrates, a quick index for alphabetical case searches, a general index for detailed case information, and docket sheets for case summaries.

Copies of family court records can be obtained by submitting an in-person or mail request to the Clerk of Courts - Records Division. The cost for copies is $1 per page, which includes a certificate and seal. Requests must be made in writing and sent with payment to the following address:

Clerk of Courts - Records Division
225 Court Street, Room 109
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: (440) 329-5511
Fax: (440) 329-5400

Lorain Dissolution of Marriage Records

The Clerk of Courts processes requests for Lorain dissolution of marriage records. Interested persons can submit mail and in-person requests for copies of records. Prepare a written request with the details of the names of the divorced couple, date of the divorce, and case number. It cost $2 for each certificate of divorce. The written request should be submitted with payment to:

Clerk of Courts - Records Division
225 Court Street
Room 109
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: (440) 329-5511
Fax: (440) 329-5400

Lorain County Marriage and Divorce Records

Lorain County marriage records are in the custody of the Probate Division of the Court of Common Pleas, while divorce records are kept by the Clerk of Courts.

To obtain divorce records, prepare a written request containing the names of the divorced couples, date of the divorce, and case number. Note that it costs $2 for each certificate of divorce. Submit the written request with payment to:

Clerk of Courts - Records Division
225 Court Street
Room 109
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: (440) 329-5511
Fax: (440) 329-5400

The Lorain County Probate Court maintains copies of Lorain County marriage records. Certified copies of marriage records cost $1 and acceptable payment methods are cash (for in-person requests) and checks and money orders (for mail requests). Interested persons can request Lorain County marriage certificates by completing the Certified Marriage License Request Form. The completed form should be submitted with payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope (for mail requests) in person or by mail to:

Lorain County Probate Court
Justice Center
225 Court Street, 6th Floor
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: (440) 329-5295
Phone: (440) 329-5175
Phone: (440) 244-6261
Fax: (440) 328-2157

Lorain Birth and Death Records

The Lorain County Health Department maintains birth and death records in the county. Interested persons can request Lorain County birth records from 1908 and now. Death records are issued to:

  • The decedent’s spouse, child, or grandchild.
  • The decedent’s executor, attorney, or legal agent.
  • A representative of an investigative government agency.
  • A private investigator.
  • A funeral director or agent responsible for disposition of the body acting on behalf of the decedent’s family.
  • A veteran’s service officer.
  • An accredited member of the media.

Certified copies of Lorain County birth certificates and death records are $25 each. In-person and mail requests can be submitted to obtain copies of these records.

To submit an in-person visit at the Lorain County Public Health at 9880 Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria, OH 44035, between Monday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In-person requests are paid for with cash, check, money order, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa.

For mail requests, complete the Application for Certified Copies form. Mail the completed form, with payment (check or money order) and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Vital Statistics
Lorain County Public Health
9880 Murray Ridge Rd.
Elyria, OH 44035

Lorain County Probate Court Records

Probate court records in Lorain County encompass a variety of legal matters pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, adoptions, and mental health issues. The Lorain County Probate Court handles probate matters in the county.

The Probate Court provides online access to case information through the search records portal. The portal can be searched by party name, case type, and case number. Persons interested in obtaining copies can submit in-person or mail applications at the courthouse with the contact information below:

Lorain County Probate Court
Justice Center
225 Court Street, 6th Floor
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: (440) 329-5175
Phone: (440) 244-6261
Fax: (440) 328-2157

Lorain County Property Records

Access to property records within Lorain County, Ohio, is facilitated by the Lorain County Recorder and the Lorain County Auditor.

The Lorain County Recorder provides an online search portal where users can search property records by name and parcel. This portal offers a user guide for assistance. The types of property-related information available in these records include details about property ownership, transfers, liens, mortgages, and other property-related documents.

For obtaining copies of property records from the Lorain County Recorder’s office, there are fees involved. Regular copies cost $2 per page, while certified copies incur a charge of $2 per page plus an additional $1 for certification with a seal. The office is located at:

226 Middle Avenue
Elyria, OH 44035
(440) 329-5148

The Lorain County Auditor offers an online search portal for property records. The types of information available through this portal include property values, tax assessments, ownership details, and property characteristics. The Lorain County Auditor’s office is located at:

Lorain County Auditor
Lorain County Admin Building
226 Middle Ave., 2nd Floor
Elyria, OH 44035

The office hours are from Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. They can be reached at (440) 329-5207 or auditor@lcauditor.com for inquiries.

Lorain County Court Records Online

Third-party online resources like Ohiocourtrecords.us offer a convenient way to access Lorain County court records, enabling users to search for information remotely and quickly. This accessibility can be especially helpful for those unable to visit the courthouse in person. However, the accuracy and comprehensiveness of information provided by these platforms may vary, leading to potential discrepancies or missing data. Users should be mindful of any associated costs for accessing certain records or premium features. While third-party online resources offer convenience, users should verify information obtained online with official court records for accuracy and reliability.

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