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Methods of Judicial Selection: Ohio

Limited Jurisdiction Courts

County Court
Jurisdiction: misdemeanor cases; traffic cases; civil actions up to $15,000
Selection of Judges: election
Retention of Judges: reelection
Qualifications: county resident; licensed in state; 6 yrs practice of law
Municipal Court
Jurisdiction: misdemeanor cases; traffic cases; civil actions up to $15,000
Selection of Judges: election
Retention of Judges: reelection
Qualifications: resident of municipality; licensed in state; 6 yrs practice of law or service as judge of court of record
Court of Claims
Jurisdiction: all suits against state for personal injury, property damage, contract, and wrongful death; compensation for victims of crime
Selection of Judges: judges assigned by the supreme court; three-judge panels assembled as needed
Retention of Judges: *
Qualifications: *
Mayor's Court
Jurisdiction: misdemeanor cases; traffic cases
Selection of Judges: mayors preside or a magistrate is appointed by mayor
Retention of Judges: mayors determine
Qualifications: mayors determine
*Judge assigned by the supreme court; three-judge panel assembled as needed.