The Common Pleas Court Clerk's Legal division offices are located on the first floor of the Lorain County Justice Center in Elyria, Ohio.
The Clerk's civil division office files cases between parties, foreclosures, and certificates of judgment. Besides handling all the paperwork for those cases this office also records the notary public commission for those notaries who are residents of Lorain County. Appeals cases to the Ninth District Court of Appeals are also handled in this office.
The Clerk's criminal division office handles all felony criminal cases. This includes cases that are bound over from municipal courts and original indictments from the grand jury. Dispositions of criminal cases are reported to B.C.I & I., the State of Ohio's central information storage center. Bonds may be posted in the criminal office .
The Clerk's domestic relations division handles all documents associated with divorces, no-fault divorces, annulments and civil protection (domestic violence) cases.
The Clerk’s records division has records and indexes for cases dating back to 1824. Terminals for public access to all computerized index and docket sheets are located in this area.
The Clerk's finance division tracks financial information for cases in these divisions as well as handling payments made for court costs, fines, and restitution. In addition the finance division sets up payment plans and processes credit card payments over the phone.