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
- 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:
- Child support
- Custody in family disputes
James F. Stevenson is the current judge of the Shelby County Common Pleas Court.
- How do I get to the courthouse?
- What is your address and phone number?
Shelby County Common Pleas Court
Shelby County Courthouse
P.O. Box 947
Sidney, OH 45365
- Where is the Clerk's Office located?
The Clerk's Office is located on the 3rd floor of the Shelby County Courthouse.
- What type of cases does the Court hear?
The Common Pleas Court, General Division, hears criminal, civil, and domestic (divorces, dissolutions, modifications of custody and child support regarding children born of a marriage) cases.
- Can the Court recommend an attorney or law firm?
The Court is not permitted to recommend or refer you to any particular attorney or law firm.
- Can the Court advise me on how I should proceed with my case?
Court employees are prohibited by law to give legal advice or practice law. They may be able to provide procedural information.
- Can I act as my own attorney when filing a case?
Yes. You have the right to act as your own attorney, but our office cannot give you any advice as to the law.
- Does the Court provide forms for filing of divorces and dissolutions?
The Court does not provide forms for the filing of a Complaint for Divorce or Petition for Dissolution. However, there are DR forms provided in the Clerk of Court's Office which must be filed in addition to a Complaint for Divorce or Petition for Dissolution.
- What Court handles cases involving children, that were not born of a marriage?
The Juvenile Court handles cases involving children that were not born of a marriage. Juvenile Court's telephone number is 937-498-7255.
- How do I receive a transcript?
You should contact the Court Reporter at 937-498-7235 to request a transcript.
- What is the number of Sidney Municipal Court?
- What Court handles traffic violations?
Sidney Municipal Court handles traffic violations if you are at least 18 years of age. Shelby County Juvenile Court handles traffic violations for those under 18 years of age.
- Can you tell me how to file for an expungement?
No. You should contact an attorney for assistance in filing for expungement of your record.
- Why can’t I talk to the Judge?
Great question! Learn more by viewing Why Can't I Talk to the Judge? (PDF).
- How are jurors selected?
- What are the requirements for being a juror?
- What is the difference between a petit juror and a grand juror?
- How do I know when to report?
- How long will I be reporting for jury duty?
- Is it possible that I might report for service but not sit on a jury?
- How many jurors must agree on a verdict?
- I received a jury summons from Shelby County and I no longer live in Shelby County. What do I do?
- I received a jury summons for a deceased person. What should I do?
- I've been called several times for jury duty and yet I know a lot of people who have never been called. Why?
- Do I have to respond to the jury summons?
- I have a medical and/or work problem and can't serve jury duty. What do I need to do?
- I can't serve as a juror at this time of the year. Can I serve later in the year?