Court of Claims Records Requests
According to Ohio law, records in the care and custody of the Ohio Court of Claims are readily available for inspection and copying. Here's how to request public records:
- Be clear when identifying the requested records. If the request is not clear, we will contact you for clarification.
- Requests do not need to be in writing, and individual identification or the purpose of the request is not required. However, written clarification may be necessary in instances where specific records need to be identified.
- Requests for copies of transcripts and/or depositions should be directed to the court reporter--unless you can furnish satisfactory proof that you are not a party to the related action. Or, you may inspect a transcript or deposition during regular business hours at our office.
Policies and Practices for Responding to Public Records Requests
- Copies of public records are made available promptly and within a reasonable time period. However, it's important to consider the volume of records requested, the location where the records are stored, and the need to legally review any of the requested records.
- Whenever feasible, routine requests to inspect public records in the care and custody of this office will be satisfied immediately. This includes, but is not limited to, requests for access to the following
- current court files and the content of those files
- regular reports related to business practices, finances, personnel matters and policies, and reports that do not require special compilation or information systems programming
- case management data and docket information that does not require special compilation or information systems programming
- Public records requests for fewer than 20 pages of copies or for records that are readily available in electronic format and can be emailed or easily downloaded will be processed as quickly as equipment and personnel resources allow.
- For requests of greater scope, you will be notified when and where the copies, computer files or reports can be picked up. We respond to all requests for public records within three business days following receipt of the request in our office.
- We will respond to non-routine requests--either due to large volume or extensive research--by including a statement that indicates:
- an estimated number of business days needed to satisfy the request
- an estimated cost if copies are requested
- an identification of any items within the request that may be exempt from disclosure
- All public records request denials will include an explanation. If portions of a record are public and portions are exempt and need to be redacted, the non-redacted portions of the records will be released, and each redaction will be explained.
For records requests, contact the Clerk’s Office 614.387.9800