Clerk Of Courts


Welcome to the Muskingum County Common Pleas Clerk of Courts Office.

You may search electronic court records from this website, just as you would in my office. Please note the effective date of our indexes when researching records online, as the Court became automated on 10/17/1994.

Please feel free to visit our court offices Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. our Title Office is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., We are closed on all legal holidays. If I can be of assistance or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by phone at (740) 455-7104 or by email wlsowers@muskingumcounty.org.

Muskingum County suffered a devastating loss on January 30, 2020 when our long-time Clerk of Courts, Todd Bickle, passed away unexpectedly. Todd has served our community for 28 years and will be eternally missed.

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  • About
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  • Title Office

The Muskingum County Common Pleas Clerk of Courts Online Records System was created and is maintained by the Muskingum County Clerk of Courts and the Muskingum County Information Technology Department. The system is intended as a convenience to the citizens of Muskingum County for the purpose of obtaining public record information regarding Criminal and Civil cases filed in the General Division Common Pleas Court, Court of Appeals cases in the Fifth District Appellate Court of Ohio, and Domestic Relations cases filed in the Domestic Relations Common Pleas Court. No warranty or guarantee is provided or implied through the availability of this system. No certification or authenticity can be assumed regarding the accuracy of the information provided by this system. To obtain “certified copies” of documents contained in official court files or certification of the official docket you must appear in person at the Clerk of Courts offices, located at 401 Main Street, Zanesville, Ohio, 43701 and/or 22 North Fifth Street, Zanesville, Ohio, 43701, and request such certification of copies.

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In creating a state judicial system in the 1802 Ohio State Constitution provided for the appointment of a clerk of courts for each county. Originally, the clerk of courts was appointed by the judges of the court of common pleas for a seven-year term. Under the 1851 Constitution, the office became elective for a three-year term which was extended to four years in 1936.

The official title is Clerk of the Courts of Common Pleas, but most often the office holder is referred to as the Clerk of Courts. The clerk of courts maintains the records of the court of common pleas and various courts which have exercised appellate jurisdiction on the county level. The records of the common pleas court pertain to all civil cases in which the amount or matter in dispute exceeds the statutory jurisdiction of county or municipal courts, and all felony criminal cases. This court also maintains the records of all domestic relations matter.

Since 1921, the clerk of courts has also operated the auto title office, which determines motor vehicle ownership. Computerized certificate of titles are issued to individuals and businesses who purchase cars, trucks, boats, mobile homes, ATV’s, motorcycles, RVs, jet skis, etc.

The Muskingum County Clerk of Courts would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our website. This site was designed to provide information to the people of Muskingum and surrounding counties. The Clerk of Courts title department issues titles for motor vehicles, motorcycles, off-road bikes, ATVs, travel trailers, campers, mobile homes and watercraft boats, motors and jet skis or wave runners. Duplicates for lost or stolen titles and memorandums can also be issued through our office.

The Clerk of Courts Auto Title Department DOES NOT issue license plates, driver’s license or 30 day tags. These are issued through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles which is located at:
2328 June Parkway
South Zanesville, OH 43701

(740) 455-2767

Their hours of operations are:
Monday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Where are you located?
  • What is your telephone number?
  • What are your hours?
  • What records are available on your website?
  • How far back do the records go?
  • How do I look up a case?
  • Can I see the filings in a case?
  • Where can I get a copy of my divorce decree or other documents in a case?
  • How often do you update your records?
  • Can I file or request a document by email of fax?
  • Do your records show both pending and closed cases?
  • I owe Court Costs, do you have a payment plan?
  • How do I find out when a court hearing or trial is being held?
  • Where can I find other kind of court records, such as misdemeanor criminal, traffic, Juvenile or Probate records?
  • Where can find out information on foreclosed properties being sold at Sheriff's Sale?
  • Where can I apply for a marriage license?
  • Where can I find a copy of my will?
  • How do I apply to have my name changed?
  • Where can I get a copy of a birth or death record?
  • Where can I find information on property records?
  • Where can I find information on a Bankruptcy case?
  • Where do I apply to become a Notary?

We are located at the Muskingum County Courthouse 401 Main Street 2nd Floor Zanesville, Ohio 43701.
The Domestic Relations Division is located at 22 N 5th Street 2nd Floor Zanesville, Ohio 43701.

Civil/Criminal Division: (740) 455-7104
Domestic Relations: (740) 455-7898
Title Office: (740) 455-7103

We are open Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

The dockets (summary) of cases filed in the Civil/Criminal Division and the Domestic Relations Division of the Muskingum County Common Pleas Court are available for public viewing on our website. Also, the 5th District Court of Appeals are shown.

The main types of cases available include:

  • Civil Cases
  • Divorce and Dissolution Cases
  • Felony Criminal Cases
  • Judgment Liens

Our internet records go back to 10/17/1994.

There are two ways to look up a case.

  • You can search by a name, to see a list of any cases in which the person is a party.
  • You can enter the case number to find a particular case.

No, just the docket, which is a summary of the parties in the case, the attorneys and a brief description of the items filed in the case.

You (or your representative) can either come to the Clerk of Courts office or request a copy by mail. The cost is $0.05 per page or $1.00 per page to have the document certified. If you request a copy by mail, please include your case number (if you know it), the names of the parties, the year the divorce was filed and your return address. The average cost for the certified copy and postage is $5.00. If you include a check in that amount, we will bill you for any additional fee if the cost is more. Please make the check or money order payable to:
Muskingum County Clerk of Courts
The mailing address is: Domestic Relations, 22 N 5th Street Zanesville, Ohio 43701.

To pick up a copy of your decree, we are located at 22 N 5th Street Zanesville, Ohio 43701 (Former JCPenney Building).

We are open Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Our online records are up to the minute but does not reflect any updates or rulings that have not been entered into our system.

No, Muskingum County Common Pleas Courts do not accept or provide information by fax or email.

Yes, both pending and closed cases back to 1994 are shown.

Call the proper Court Division to make payment arrangements or for other questions related to court costs.
Civil/Criminal: (740) 455-7104
Domestic Relations: (740) 455-7898

Our office does not handle the setting of court dates. Check the Court Case docket and/or check "Events" for that information.

Juvenile and Probate Records are handled by the Juvenile and Probate Courts. They do not have internet access to their records.
Juvenile Court: (740) 453-0351
Probate Court: (740) 455-7113

Misdemeanor criminal, traffic and small claims court cases are handled by the Muskingum County Court and Zanesville Municipal Court.
Muskingum County Court: (740) 455-7138
Zanesville Municipal Court: (740) 454-3269

Probate Court handles marriage licenses. You can call for information at (740) 455-7113.

Wills are handled by the Probate Court. You can call them at (740) 455-7113.

This is handled through the Probate Court. Their telephone number is: (740) 455-7113.

Birth and death records are available through the Muskingum County Health Department. Their telephone number is: (740) 454-9741.

Property records are handled by the Muskingum County Recorder. The website is: http://www.muskingumcountyoh.gov/Offices/Recorder/

Bankruptcy cases are filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court-Southern District of Ohio-Eastern Division.
The telephone number is: (614) 469-6638.

All Notary services are handled by the Ohio Secretary of State. Learn more today by visiting their website : https://www.sos.state.oh.us/notary/information/

Wendy Sowers
Clerk of Courts
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