AFTER FEBRUARY 21ST 2020, ALL EFILING AND REGISTRATION SHOULD BE COMPLETED ON THE CRIMINAL/DOMESTIC EFILING LOGON! https://clerkofcourts.eriecounty.oh.gov/eservices/home.page.2

Clerk of Courts

Erie County Courthouse

The Official Record Keepers of Erie County's Common Pleas and the 6th District of Ohio's Court of Appeals.

Luvada Wilson is the Erie County Clerk of Courts.

IMPORTANT MESSAGES:
IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC AND IN LIGHT OF THE GUIDANCE PROVIDED BY THE OHIO GOVERNOR'S OFFICE, THE ERIE COUNTY CLERK OF COURTS, LUVADA S. WILSON, HAS DETERMINED TO RESUME FULL OPERATIONAL HOURS OF THE CLERK'S OFFICE.  THE CLERK'S OFFICE (WHICH INCLUDES BOTH THE LEGAL AND TITLE DEPARTMENTS) WILL BE OPENED DAILY MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8:00 AM UNTIL 4:00 PM.

THE CLERK HAS ALSO DETERMINED TO LIMIT PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH THE PUBLIC WHILE CONTINUING TO PROVIDE EFFICIENT SERVICE BY UTILIZING SEVERAL DIFFERENT MEANS.  THEREFORE, IT IS RESOLVED THAT ALL PRO-SE LITIGANTS (A PARTY WHO REPRESENTS HIMSELF) SHOULD MAIL THEIR PLEADINGS TO:

ERIE COUNTY CLERK OF COURTS
323 COLUMBUS AVENUE
SANDUSKY, OHIO 44870
 
PLEASE INCLUDE ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER A PHONE NUMBER SO THAT WE MAY ALERT YOU IF THERE ARE PROBLEMS OR INQUIRIES THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED.  IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT US AT (419) 627-7706.  

ONLY PLEADINGS RELATING TO CIVIL PROTECTION ORDERS OR EMERGENCY CUSTODY ORDERS, SHOULD BE HAND DELIVERED TO THE CLERK'S OFFICE.
 
Notice: Ex Parte Domestic Violence Protection Orders, Ex Parte Civil Stalking Protection Orders, and Ex Parte Motions for Emergency Custody shall only be permitted to be filed Monday through Friday from 10:00a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
 
WITH ONLY THE TWO AFOREMENTIONED EXCEPTIONS NOTED, PLEASE DO NOT HAND DELIVER ANY PRO SE PLEADINGS TO THE ERIE COUNTY CLERK OF COURTS OFFICE.

IT IS OUR DESIRE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH, MAINTAIN ESSENTIAL COURT FUNCTIONS AND TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY SUBJECT TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE SUPREME COURT OF OHIO AND THE STATE OF OHIO AND IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE COMMON PLEAS COURTS OF ERIE COUNTY.

Since COVID-19 continues to be a threat in our community, the following upgrades and /or policies have been implemented in Clerk Wilson's Office to better secure the safety of the general public and her staff:
  • Installed plexiglass at all public counters
  • Limited number of people permitted in the office at one time
  • Placed social distancing floor mats in the office
  • Require face masks to be worn in the office by staff and the public 
  • New technological advancements for convenient payments by our customer:  
  • Internet payments and Mobile App payments  (mobile app must be downloaded from mobile  device)
  • Mail in payments are also accepted (see the address below)we accept both checks and money  orders.  Please do not send cash through the mail.

As a part of our previous technological operations, all attorneys are able to automatically transmit pleadings to our court system by registering to e-file.  If you have not registered to e-file with us, simply click on the link (to the left) and follow the instructions. 

The Erie County Clerk of Courts office, strives to make our many functions efficient and user-friendly.  We are here to provide well-organized access to records that have been entrusted to our care.  It is our goal to continue to move forward always serving you in a courteous and timely manner.  Thank you for your support.  
Luvada S. Wilson, Erie County Clerk of Courts

Changes in our E-filing Cases

If you are registered to E-file in our Criminal, Domestic Relations or Appeals divisions you do not have to re-register to use our new Civil E-filing system.  However, if you are not currently registered in one of the aforementioned divisions you must register to operate the new Civil E-filing system prior to February 21, 2020.   

Duties

The Clerk of Courts is responsible for filing, docketing, indexing and preserving all court pleadings for civil, criminal/felony and domestic relations cases. We process appeals from all lower courts within the county.

The Clerk of Courts must also follow procedures required by law and issue writs to carry out court orders. Some of these writs include summons, subpoenas, warrants to arrest and to convey to penal institutions, and signing the death warrant in capital cases.

The Clerk of Courts must preserve all of these records for use by future generations.

Additional Duties

  • Administer Oaths
  • Keep Naturalization Records
  • Issue Automobile & Watercraft Titles
  • Limited Authority Deputy Registrar 
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