Learn more about the Court of Common Pleas for Seneca County, including our mission, vision, values and judges.
The Seneca County Common Pleas Court is a trial court of general jurisdiction that was created by the Ohio Constitution and established in Article IV, Section 1. It is charged with providing prompt and fair resolution of litigation in civil, criminal, and domestic relations cases for all of Seneca County.
The Seneca County Common Pleas Court has jurisdiction over all felony criminal cases and specific types of civil cases. These civil cases arise from a broad spectrum of issues that include, but are not limited to, negligence actions, appeals of decisions of administrative agencies, contract or labor disputes, foreclosure actions, declaratory judgment actions and actions for injunctive relief.
The Seneca County Common Pleas Court has a Domestic Relations Division. This division of the Court has jurisdiction over divorce, dissolution, spousal support, child support, visitation, and custody in family disputes involving a married couple. Generally parties that are not married must proceed in the Seneca County Juvenile Court.
It is the mission of the Seneca County Common Pleas Court to serve the people of Seneca County, Ohio by accessible and efficient administration of justice for all, and to treat all persons with integrity, fairness, and respect.
As an independent branch of government, this court shall provide a fair and responsive system of justice. The Seneca County Common Pleas Court strives to protect rights and liberties, uphold and interpret the law, and resolve disputes peacefully, fairly and effectively, while seeking the highest possible understanding, trust, and confidence in the administration of justice.
Statement of Values
To accomplish our mission, the Seneca County Common Pleas Court uses four fundamental values to represent the core of what we stand for: 1. Independence 2. Integrity 3. Fairness 4. Respect for all