The Tenth District Court of Appeals continues to serve the people of Franklin County during this COVID-19 public health emergency.
The judges are continuing to consider and decide cases.
The judges are available to address cases requiring immediate attention.
In consideration of the Governor's declaration of public health emergency, in order to protect our staff's health and yours, we have temporarily modified our on-site and in-person operations as noted below:
Effective immediately, Franklin County Administration is STRICTLY ENFORCING the orders of the Director of the Ohio Department of Health and the Columbus City Council to REQUIRE FACIAL COVERINGS in the County Courthouse Complex. If you need to come to the Court and do not have a facial covering, please contact the Court at 614-525-3580 for information on how to obtain a facial covering before coming to the courthouse.
Many of our staff are conducting work remotely, but we are available to get back to you and address your questions.
If you require in-person assistance, please observe guidance from the CDC and consider contacting the Court by phone or email:
- if you are sick;
- have been exposed to family/acquaintances who have been sick;
- or recently have been travelling internationally.
We will be glad to assist you by telephone or email. If you have questions or require assistance, please call our office at 614-525-3580 or email Doug Eaton and Cindy Sgalla.
All oral arguments scheduled through the week of July 14, 2020 have been converted to non-oral submissions on a date certain ("submission date"). Those cases will be decided on the written briefs only, unless a party requests oral argument. Requests shall be made at least 10 days prior to the submission date. If timely requested, the oral argument will be held on the previously scheduled submission date of the case.
The Court is now resuming its practice, pursuant to Loc.R. 11, of automatically scheduling, for the week of July 14, 2020 and following, appeals for oral argument. No request or motion is necessary. Pursuant to Loc.R. 11, this does not apply when a party is both incarcerated and self-represented. Furthermore, pursuant to Loc.R. 11, any party may waive oral argument. See Journal Entry 20AP-01 (June 15, 2020), Journal Entry 20AP-01 (Apr. 16, 2020), and Journal Entry 20AP-01 (Mar. 16, 2020).
Until August 25, 2020, oral arguments will be conducted telephonically. Parties will be notified by the court with instructions on how to participate. When oral argument is scheduled, information regarding how the public and the media can listen-in will be posted on the Docket page of this website.
The Court will resume oral arguments in person on August 25, 2020, unless the Court determines that public health circumstances or guidelines require otherwise. In such event, counsel and the parties will be notified. Furthermore, once the Court resumes oral arguments in person, the Court will consider requests for accommodations or continuances as determined appropriate for COVID-19.
If you have a case that requires IMMEDIATE ATTENTION please contact 614-525-3580 or Court Administrator Doug Eaton or Cindy Sgalla for further guidance.
Otherwise, for now, YOU DO NOT NEED TO FILE YOUR NOTICE OF APPEAL OR BRIEF AT THIS TIME. All filing deadlines have been “tolled” until the date the period of emergency ends or July 30, 2020, whichever is sooner, pursuant to order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, or unless this Court determines the case requires immediate attention. Please note the tolling order does not prohibit the parties from filing notices of appeal or briefs. Please contact 614-525-3580 or Doug Eaton and Cindy Sgalla for further information. For frequently asked questions about this order, please click here.
"Tolling Order - Frequently Asked Questions" published by the Supreme Court of Ohio states: "Tolling serves to effectively freeze time from the date the tolling begins, which is March 9, 2020, until the expiration of the order." The Supreme Court further explains “[h]ow tolling applies is fact dependent, [and] tolling simply pauses the time requirements.” Please see “Tolling Order – Frequently Asked Questions” for examples of how tolling applies.
As a result of the circumstances created by the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Court is now providing mediation services in select civil cases prior to the filing of a notice of appeal. The Court will consider granting Pre-Notice-of-Appeal mediation only if requested by all parties acting together by agreement. This Pre-Notice-of-Appeal mediation service is offered in addition to the existing Post-Notice-of-Appeal mediation services offered by the Court pursuant to Loc.R. 5. Please go to the Mediation page of this website for further information and instructions.
Individuals, law firms, or other entities wishing to be added to the 10th District's email list for general notices, proposed rules changes, and other general matters may submit a request by email to Kristie Frank.
Please do all you can to keep you and your families healthy and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.