Clerk of Courts
Access to the Lorain County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas computerized case records of Civil, Criminal, Domestic Relations and 9th District Court of Appeals Cases, since 1988, is now available online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This site will benefit law firms, government agencies, the media, background searchers, credit bureaus and the like.
This access to our public records includes Court Calendars, the daily schedules for all Judges and Magistrates, except Probate and Juvenile; Quick Index, an alphabetical index to all cases by party name; General Index, an alphabetical index to all cases by party name with further detail; and Docket Sheets, a case summary with all filings in the case in chronological order, if you already know the case number.
General Information on Clerk's Office
The Clerk of Court of Common Pleas is responsible for various administrative and ministerial duties in conjunction with the Court of Common Pleas. These duties include record creation, record maintenance, record reporting and record retention of the activities of the court and the issuance of process. The Clerk is responsible for the receipt and disbursement of all money paid into the court system.
In addition to his ministerial duties and responsibilities with the court, the clerk is also charged with the duty of preparing and maintaining records of Certificate of Title for all vehicles and watercraft owned by all residents of Lorain County. These documents are your proof of ownership and should be kept in a safe place. Approximately 150,000 new titles are prepared each year. All of our Title offices can process U.S. Passport applications, no appointment necessary. For news and updates on our Auto Title and Passport offices please visit our Facebook page.
Applications are accepted at the Clerk's office in the Lorain County Justice Center 225 Court Street in Elyria.
Local Rules of the Court
- General Division Local Rules of Court (PDF)
- Domestic Relations Local Rules of Court (PDF)
- Ninth Appellate District Local Rules of Court
Notary Public Information
Due to legislative changes effective September 20, 2019 in the Ohio Notary Modernization Act, Sub. Senate Bill 263 (132nd G.A.), any Lorain County resident who wishes to become a Ohio notary public or renew her or his existing notary public commission must do so through the Ohio Secretary of State's office. Procedures and costs have changed. All notary questions or complaints should be directed to the Secretary of State. Please visit the Secretary of State's website or call 614-644-4559 for more information on testing, education, and renewal requirements, enforcement, or any other notary public matter. Thank you.