The United States District Court for the Southern
District of Ohio serves over 5 million citizens, in 48 counties of the 88
counties in Ohio. The Eastern Division sits at Columbus and the Western
Division at Cincinnati and Dayton, all with fully staffed Clerk's offices,
courtrooms and resident judicial officers. The seat of court at COLUMBUS
serves Athens, Belmont, Coschocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin,
Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Licking,
Logan, Madison, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry,
Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Union, Vinton, and Washington counties.
The seat of court at CINCINNATI serves Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont,
Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Lawrence, Scioto, and Warren counties.
The seat of court at DAYTON serves Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami,
Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby counties.
Civil and criminal cases arise from the farmlands along the Indiana border
to the Appalachian coal fields of southeastern Ohio, from the commerce
on the Ohio River, from State government in Columbus, from commercial
dealings of large and small business, and in a myriad of other ways.
In an average year, this Court may decide 400 - 500 criminal cases, often
involving multiple defendants in each case, and face 2400 - 2800 newly
filed civil cases. The bench of the Southern District of Ohio includes
eight full-time District Judges, six Senior District Judges and seven Magistrate
Judges, all of whom carry active civil and criminal dockets.