Southern District of Ohio

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United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (S.D. Ohio), is one of the two federal district courts in Ohio. The Southern District includes 48 of the state’s 88 counties. Any appeals from the S.D. Ohio court are taken to the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Southern District of Ohio handles both criminal and civil cases. Both types must be considered federal, or the amount in controversy must exceed $75,000. Unlike state courts, all judges in the Southern District of Ohio are selected by the U.S. president, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

It is extremely important to be equipped with an attorney if you have a case in the Southern District of Ohio.

Columbus Attorney for Cases in the Southern District of Ohio

Cases in the U.S. Southern District of Ohio are normally very serious. It is important that you do not get tripped up by legalities, and the prosecution. If you have a hearing date at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, it is vital that you gain legal representation.

Joslyn Law Firm attorneys show legal excellence through their dedication to defense. The attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm have years of experience in handling federal cases throughout the Ohio area. Firm founder, Brian Joslyn, is reputable among his peers. He has been ranked by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorney s as one of the 10 best criminal defense lawyers in Ohio. Partner yourself with an attorney who is respected in their field. Contact the attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm today.

Joslyn Law Firm represents clients with cases in the U.S. Southern District of Ohio throughout the greater Franklin County area and surrounding communities including Dublin, Worthington, Grove City, Lancaster, Newark, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Marysville.

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Overview for the Southern District of Ohio

Divisions in the Southern District of Ohio

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio incorporates 48 of 88 counties in the state of Ohio. The S.D. Ohio is split into two division based on geography. The Eastern Division sits at the Joseph P. Kinneary United States Courthouse in Columbus.

The Eastern Division of S.D. Ohio serves the following counties:

  • Athens County
  • Belmont County
  • Coshocton County
  • Delaware County
  • Fairfield County
  • Fayette County
  • Franklin County
  • Gallia County
  • Guernsey County
  • Harrison County
  • Hocking County
  • Jackson County
  • Jefferson County
  • Knox County
  • Licking County
  • Logan County
  • Madison County
  • Meigs County
  • Monroe County
  • Morgan County
  • Morrow County
  • Muskingum County
  • Noble County
  • Perry County
  • Pickaway County
  • Pike County
  • Ross County
  • Union County
  • Vinton County
  • Washington County

The Western Division for the S.D Ohio is located at the Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse. The S.D. Ohio is located in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio.

The following counties are served by the Western District for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

  • Adams County
  • Brown County
  • Butler County
  • Clermont County
  • Clinton County
  • Hamilton County
  • Highland County
  • Lawrence County
  • Scioto County
  • Warren County
  • Champaign County
  • Clark County
  • Darke County
  • Greene County
  • Miami County
  • Montgomery County
  • Preble County
  • Shelby County

Jurisdiction for the Southern District of Ohio

Federal court, unlike state courts, has a more limited scope to hear cases and controversies. Before the United States District Court can entertain a case, Congress must grant jurisdiction regarding the type of dispute in question.

Some cases that the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio exercises jurisdiction includes, but is not limited to:

  • Cases involving violations of the U.S Constitution or federal laws (under federal-question jurisdiction);
  • Cases in which the United States is a party;
  • Cases between citizens of different states if the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000; and
  • Bankruptcy, copyright, patent, and maritime law cases.

A federal court may hear cases concerning state laws if the state law appears to violate the U.S. Constitution. For instance, a state may outlaw firing a gun in certain areas. A neighborhood association may bring a case to Ohio courts against a defendant who fired a gun in their backyard. If the court issues an order that forbids the defendant to fire their gun, the defendant may challenge the state law as unconstitutional in federal court.

Locations & Staff for the Southern District of Ohio

Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse
Room 103
100 East Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

  • Michael R. Barrett
  • Timothy S. Black
  • Susan J. Dlott
  • Herman J. Weber
  • Sandra S. Beckwith
  • Karen L. Litkovitz
  • Stephanie K. Bowman

Joseph P. Kinneary U.S. Courthouse
Room 121
85 Marconi Boulevard
Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • Chief Judge – Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.
  • Algenon L. Marbley
  • Michael H. Watson
  • George C. Smith
  • James L. Graham
  • Norah McCann King
  • Elizabeth A. Preston Deavers
  • Kimberly A. Jolson
  • Chelsey M Vascura

Federal Building
Room 712
200 West Second Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

  • Thomas M. Rose
  • Walter Herbert Rice
  • Michael R. Merz
  • Sharon L. Ovington
  • Michael J. Newman

Additional Resources

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio – Visit the official website for the Southern District of Ohio. Use the PACER Case Locater (PCL) to search all courts for cases, file a form electronically, get access to the court’s local rules, and the locations for each of the courts.

United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio – Visit the official website for Benjamin C. Glassman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. View the news regarding the courts, the different divisions the U.S. attorney presides over, and translations in Spanish.

Find a Columbus Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio

A case in federal courts can be tricky and complex. Any person with a case at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio is highly recommended to contact an attorney.

Joslyn Law Firm is well-equipped to face prosecutors in state and federal courts. Our attorneys have a collected two decades of experience in the Ohio court system. We are dedicated to all our client’s cases. With a passion for defense and extensive experience, our attorneys are devoted to protecting your rights. Brian Joslyn, Joslyn Law Firm‘s founder, was elected as a Top Criminal Lawyer in Columbus CEO Magazine. Get a reputable attorney on your case, contact Joslyn Law Firm.

Joslyn Law Firm practices in the federal courts of Ohio, throughout the greater Columbus metropolitan area and surrounding counties including Marysville in Union County, Newark in Licking County, London in Madison County, Lancaster in Fairfield County, Delaware in Delaware County, and Circleville in Pickaway County.

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This article was last updated on July 30th, 2018.



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