Welcome to the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas Website.

What is the Common Pleas Court?

The Ottawa Court of Common Pleas is the trial court of general jurisdiction. The Court hears and decides serious criminal cases (felonies) for which possible punishment exceeds a year in prison as well as civil disputes. The Court has exclusive jurisdiction in civil cases where in the amount of money or damages exceeds $15,000.

Civil Protection Petitions are also heard in this court.

The Ottawa County Common Pleas Court provides prompt, fair and just resolution of litigation in civil and criminal cases. This website is our way of sharing information with you about our court.

We sincerely hope this information will help you to understand what we do and how your tax dollars are working for the citizens of Ottawa County.


Domestic Relations Division

The Ottawa County Common Pleas Court also has a Domestic Relations Division. This division of the Court has jurisdiction over divorce, dissolution, alimony, child support, annulment and custody in family disputes.


Contact information

315 Madison Street, Room 301
Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
Phone: 419-734-6790
Fax: 419-734-6852


Hours of Operation

The Common Pleas Court is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on Monday-Friday. The court is closed for all observed holidays.


Phone and Office Directory



Adult Probation Phone: 419-734-6795

Fax: 419-734-2583

Clerk of Courts Legal: 419-734-6755

Title: 419-734-6752

Common Pleas Court 419-734-6790
Court Reporter N/A
Domestic Relations 419-734-6818
Juvenile Court 419-734-6840
Municipal Court 419-734-4143
Probate Court 419-734-6830
Prosecuting Attorney 419-734-6845
Sheriff Sheriff’s Department: 419-734-4404
Detention Facility: 419-734-6828
Minimum Security Jail: 419-734-6995
Switchboard 419-734-6700

Direction and Parking

The Courthouse is located at 315 Madison Street, Room 301, Port Clinton, Ohio, 43452. The building can be accessed off the parking lot on the corner of Jefferson Street and East 4th Street. There is limited parking available in the lot. There is also accessible street parking in close proximity to the courthouse.


Observed Holidays

The following holidays are observed by the Common Pleas Court:

New Year’s Day

Martin Luther King Day

President’s Day

Memorial Day

Independence Day


Labor Day

Veteran’s Day



Courthouse Security

All persons and personal items are screened before entering the courthouse. No guns, knives, pepper spray, or any other object, at the discretion of the security staff, constituting a weapon is permitted in the building. Items that are assessed to be a weapon are held at the screening area and can be returned to you when you leave the building. All items are logged by security personnel. It is your responsibility to ask for the item when you leave.