Common Pleas Court

Welcome to the Shelby County Common Pleas Court. The Common Pleas Court is located in the Shelby County Courthouse; a historical landmark in the heart of downtown Sidney.

The courts of common pleas are original courts of general jurisdiction in Ohio's judicial system. Every county in Ohio has a common pleas court served by one or more judges.

Civil suits of a serious nature involving the following are tried in this Court:

  • Real estate
  • Property
  • Tort
  • Contract and business relationships

The Common Pleas Court also has jurisdiction over criminal cases involving serious crimes where the penalty may be imprisonment for more than 6 months. Additionally the Court of Common Pleas hears appeals from administrative agencies.

The Judge of the Shelby County Common Pleas Court is also the county domestic relations judge having jurisdiction over:

  • Divorce
  • Dissolution
  • Alimony
  • Child support
  • Annulment
  • Custody in family disputes

James F. Stevenson is the current judge of the Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

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