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Resources to help you with your day in court.


DUE TO COVID-19 we recommend calling any service providers before going for in-person services as many organizations are operating under modified hours.


Self Help Staff are available on the 11th floor for Eviction questions only from 8 AM - 11 AM and on the 6th floor for all questions from 12 PM - 3 PM.

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Location & Hours

Self Help Resource Center

375 S. High St., 6th Fl.
Columbus, OH 43215

Mon - Fri 8 AM - 3 PM

Note: Last Visitor is accepted at 2:30 PM.
Staff are on the 11th floor for Eviction questions only from 8 AM- 11 AM and are available on the 6th floor from 12 PM - 3 PM.

How Can We Help

What We Do

The Self Help Resource Center is a free walk-in service to help individuals represent themselves in court without a lawyer. 

Staff cannot offer legal advice but can assist in finding helpful resources and provide legal information. Legal information includes court forms and the tools to help complete them as well as answers to general questions about court procedures.The Center is open to the public on a walk-in basis, no appointment necessary.

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Legal Matters

The Self-Help Resource Center provides information about civil claims in Franklin County Municipal Court. If you are unsure whether your legal issue is a Municipal Court issue, read the Center’s Municipal Court Overview.

Visit us to find out if you are eligible to get your criminal record sealed.


Municipal Court

Record Sealing Application   

Court of Common Pleas

Sealing Application for Convictions  
Sealing Application for Dismissals   

Not sure which form you need or how to file it? Visit us for free help.

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Need help or have questions about enforcing a judgment or a judgment being enforced against you?
Have questions about rent escrow, evictions, or other housing issues? We help both Landlords and Tenants. Before filing, take a look at our Eviction Prevention Resources.

Escrow Forms

Rent Escrow Application   
Rent Escrow Program   

Not sure know which form you need or how to file it? Visit for free help.

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Are you trying to sue someone (or being sued) for money damages between $6,000 and $15,000?
We assist with Small Claims lawsuits. The Franklin County Small Claims Court is a division of the Municipal Court for cases involving money damages of $6,000 or less. Forms and additional resources are available by visiting the Small Claims Division.

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