Eighth District Court of Appeals

  • Eighth District Court of Appeals

    The Eighth District Court of Appeals is one of 12 courts of appeals in Ohio. It serves only Cuyahoga County.

    The main work of the Eighth District Court of Appeals is to hear appeals of judgments and final orders entered in civil and criminal cases entered by all trial courts in Cuyahoga County. The Eighth District Court of Appeals hears appeals from the General Division, Domestic Relations Division, Probate Division and Juvenile Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Cuyahoga County, and from every municipal court in the county.

    A case seeking an extraordinary writ may be filed in the Court of Appeals as an original action.
    See description, above.

    Each case before the Court of Appeals is heard by three judges. A majority is necessary to render judgment in all cases except one. If a losing party seeks the reversal of a judgment resulting from a trial by jury based on an argument that the jury’s findings were against the weight of the evidence, all three judges of the Court of Appeals must be persuaded.

    Qualifications of Candidates for Court of Appeals Judge

    To qualify as a candidate for election to the Court of Appeals, a person must be an attorney admitted to practice in Ohio with at least six years of experience in the practice of law in Ohio.