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The Federal Court System
About Federal Courts Federal Courts & What They Do
Types of Cases FAQs about Federal Judges & Judgeships
Court Role & Structure Map of Federal Circuit & District Courts
Federal Courts & the Public Comparing Federal & State Courts
The U.S. Constitution & Bill of Rights
Interactive U.S. Constitution (National Constitution Center) Bill of Rights (National Archives)


The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio is the federal trial court for the southern half of the State of Ohio.  The Court’s jurisdiction covers 48 counties within Ohio with three federal courthouses in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton.  Appeals from the District Court for the Southern District of Ohio are heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

The Appeals Process Judges of the Southern District of Ohio
History of the Southern District of Ohio District Map


Read District Court Cases & Opinions

The U.S. District Court case dockets and documents are available to the public over the internet through the Public Access to Court Electronic Records ("PACER") system, which offers case search capabilities within each court as well as across all federal courts.  A PACER login is required to access most case information. The public can also register to receive electronic notice of filing for cases of interest.

Register to View Case Information
PACER Service Center
PACER Training


For Teachers
Educational Resources Sixth Circuit Civics Education
Educational Activities Civics Education PowerPoint
Famous Federal Trials Federal Judicial History
The Federal Courts: Civics Education Inside the Federal Courts


Court Visits & Speaker Requests
The Southern District of Ohio is pleased to invite schools and other groups to visit the federal courthouse and meet with federal judges to learn more about the federal judiciary.  Schools and other groups can also request a federal judge to come speak to them.  Please use the form below to request a visit or a speaker.  To request a visit or Speaker click here.


Constitution Day
The anniversary of the Constitution's signing is observed officially on September 17th, and courts celebrate Constitution Day throughout the month with naturalization ceremonies and other educational outreach events to help schools fulfill a congressional mandate to teach about the Constitution. Click here for more information.


Law Day

Law Day is an annual celebration of the rule of law in a free society. Throughout May, the legal community reaches out in communities across the nation to stimulate appreciation and critical thinking about the founding fundamentals that are so easily taken for granted.

Since President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the first Law Day in 1958, Americans have taken the opportunity to recommit themselves to remaining a nation of laws. The observance became official in 1961, when Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1st as Law Day.

Speeches, gatherings, and programs for adults and students set the stage for a month-long exploration of enduring legal principles. Many federal courts open their doors in May to bring the next generation of jurors into courtrooms to see and participate in the process of justice for all.  Click here for more information.


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