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County Administration Building

50 Park Avenue East Mansfield Ohio 44902

Welcome to the official website for the Courts of Richland County, OH


PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS

Public Records Requests:

The Richland County Clerk of Courts is committed to ensuring your rights to promptly inspect and/or receive copies in a reasonable amount of time of the public records maintained by the Richland County Clerk of Courts.

To assist you, the Richland County Clerk of Courts has enacted Schedules of Records Retention and Disposition, a Records Management Policy and a Personnel Records Management Policy that are available for your review.

The Schedules of Records Retention and Disposition identify the records that are maintained by the Richland County Clerk of Courts for both the Legal and Auto Title Divisions.

The Records Management Policy and the Personnel Records Management Policy inform you how the Richland County Clerk of Courts will respond to your public record requests. This includes your rights to promptly inspect and/or receive copies of your public records in a reasonable amount of time. Copies may include paper or other medium as provided in the Records Management Policy. Any costs for copies are specified in the Records Management Policy.

LEGAL DIVISION RECORDS: Please direct your public record inquiries/public record requests to the Records Manager or to the Alternate Records Manager of the Richland County Clerk of Courts Legal Division, who are available at the Richland County Courthouse, 50 Park Avenue East, Mansfield, Ohio during the regular business hours of Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The telephone number is 419-774-5549 x 5.

AUTO TITLE DIVISION RECORDS: Please direct your public record inquiries/public record requests to the Records Manager or to the Alternate Records Manager of the Richland County Clerk of Courts Auto Title Division, who are available at the Auto Title office, 77 N. Mulberry Street, Mansfield, Ohio during the regular business hours of Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The telephone number is 419-774-5513.


Social Security Numbers:

It is the intent of this office to immediately respond to all public records request. However, all public offices have a duty to redact Social Security numbers from all records before releasing them to the public.

This means that prior to allowing the public to view a physical file, microfiche or a particular pleading in a case, the staff of the Clerk's office must first inspect the file for all pleadings containing Social Security numbers, redact the Social Security numbers and then provide you with the file and with copies of originals that contained social security numbers.

The case of Montgomery County Public Defender v. Sikori states that a public office may take time to redact Social Security numbers before allowing access of records to the public.

This means that your public record request may not be complied with on the date you make the request, either for copies of a file, or to look at a file or microfiche, in order to give the Clerk's office sufficient time to properly and accurately redact all Social Security numbers.


This office charges 5 cents per page for each copy made, with the first 25 pages provided to you at no cost.