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Michael J. King

Appointed 2021



Judge King was appointed to the bench by Governor Mike DeWine in March 2021 as successor to the Honorable H. William Pollitt.

Judge King grew up in Toledo, the son of a truck driver and a waitress. He came to Columbus after high school to attend The Ohio State University. As an undergrad, Judge King both worked full time and attended Ohio State full time, graduating with a degree in History in 1997. He went on to earn his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2000 where he was a Public Service Fellow. Judge King also studied abroad, completing a summer course in comparative constitutional law at Oxford University in England in 1996.

After law school, Judge King served as law clerk to the Honorable Lisa Sadler on the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas from 2000 - 2002. He then worked as a civil trial attorney at Dinsmore & Shohl in Columbus before accepting an appointment to serve as Municipal Law Director and Prosecutor for the Village of Granville in 2012. Judge King served in Granville until his appointment to the Franklin County Municipal Court in 2021.

Judge King's wife was born and raised in Clintonville, his son serves as an Air Force pilot, and his stepdaughter is a high school sophomore. 


Attorneys should be prompt, professional, and prepared. Judge King strives to conduct proceedings in a relaxed but efficient manner and treats everyone with dignity and respect. The Court expects every person in the courtroom to do the same.


The Franklin County Municipal Court is the busiest court in the State of Ohio. Continuances will be granted as needed with the ultimate goal of helping the parties resolve cases efficiently, effectively, and fairly.

Motions & Briefs

Timely motions and briefs are welcomed as they are an opportunity to educate the Court about cases and to identify legal or factual issues.

Status Conferences

To schedule a status conference, please contact the Bailiff.


Judge King has an open door policy. He is usually at his desk early and often stays late, in order to be available as needed.


The Court acknowledges and respects that it is counsel's responsibility to try the case to the jury. The Court generally stays out of the way, unless zealous advocacy veers into personal acrimony toward a party, a witness, or opposing counsel. Disrespect toward any person will not be tolerated.

Jury Procedures

The Court will conduct preliminary voir dire. Counsel will have ample opportunity to inquire for the purpose of jury selection. Proposed jury instructions need to be submitted prior to opening statements. Jury instructions are to be submited in a Word version by email to the Bailiff.

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