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I. General Tips

The foolproof way to find an Ohio case is to have a full or partial citation for the case. Example: Rutledge v. Johns, 2010-Ohio-6472, 2010 WL 5550253 (Ohio App 8th Dist. 2010). This cite includes the full title of the case, the Ohio Supreme Court web cite, a parallel citation to Westlaw, and the date of the opinion. Or you could check the citation at The Legal Information Institute's Read It Online site.

If not all of this information is available, answer as many of these four questions as you can:

1. Is the case in state court or federal court?

2. Is the case a trial court case or has an appeal been taken?

3. Do you know the name of one or both parties?

4. Do you know approximately what date the case was filed or decided?

II. Print Reporters & Fee Based Services

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