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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 emergency and time-sensitive matters.
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-court operations as follows:
If you have questions or require assistance, please call our office at 614-525-3580 or email Doug Eaton and Cindy Sgalla.
Many of our staff are conducting work remotely from home,
but we will be available to get back to you and address your questions. 
If you require in-person assistance, please observe guidance from the CDC and please 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.
All oral arguments have been converted to non-oral submissions.  Now cases will be decided on the written briefs only, unless, pursuant to motion, for good cause shown, oral argument is granted. If granted, oral arguments may be conducted remotely. Parties will be notified how to participate by entry and by court staff. When oral argument is scheduled, information regarding how the public and the media can listen-in will be posted on our website.  See Journal Entry 20AP-01
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.   Please contact 614-525-3580 or Doug Eaton and Cindy Sgalla for further information. For frequently asked questions about this order, please click here.
“Tolled” means time is effectively frozen.  The Chief Justice’s order is retroactive to March 9, 2020.  Therefore, for purposes of deadlines for filing of notices of appeals and briefs, time is frozen from March 9, 2020 to the date the emergency ends or July 30, 2020, whichever is sooner.  For example, if the deadline for the filing of a notice of appeal was set to expire on March 19, 2020 (10 days after the effective date of the order), the deadline will now expire 10 days after this tolling order is lifted. 
Please do all you can to keep you and your families healthy
and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Tenth District Court of Appeals

The Courts of Appeals of Ohio are located within twelve distinct jurisdictional districts throughout the state. Though most of these districts encompass multiple counties, the jurisdictional boundary of the Tenth District Court of Appeals encompasses only Franklin County.

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