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Opinion Text Search

This filter searches the full text of all posted opinions using a Google Search Appliance (“GSA”). It returns the 1,000 most relevant results as determined by the GSA. If desired results are not obtained, add words or use additional filters to narrow the search. Use common search logic. A space between words is treated as a Boolean ”AND.” Use "OR" between words to search for either word. Place quotation marks around a phrase to search for the exact phrase. The footer of this page contains a link to an advanced-search screen (click “Search”).

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Source

The Source filter can narrow a search by limiting results to opinions issued by a particular court. Use the drop down box to select an opinion from the Supreme Court of Ohio, any of the 12 district courts of appeals, the court of claims, or all sources. Note: an "all sources" search may take longer than an individual-court search. Values selected in this filter will be retained in a browser cookie and will remain selected on your next visit to this search page.

Year Decided

This filter permits searches to be narrowed to cases decided in a particular year. The "year decided” is the year the opinion was decided, which may be different from the year the case was initiated, briefed, or argued. This filter defaults to current year. To not filter results by the decided year, user may select "any year".

County

The County filter limits appellate-court search results to opinions from a particular county. This filter operates in searches of appellate-court opinions only. Ohio Supreme Court opinions do not have a county attached. This filter defaults to "all counties".

Case Number

The Case number search filters results by the case number at the deciding court. The number searched must be an exact match, including punctuation. No wildcards are permitted.

Author

This filter narrows search results by opinion author. Searching “O’Connor” will return opinions credited to “O’Connor, C.J.,” “O’Connor, J.,” or simply “O’Connor.” “Per Curiam” may be used as a search term.

Topics and Issues

This filter narrows search results based on the topics and issues. The topics and issues are generated by the deciding court. Some opinions will have this field left blank. Enter only the keywords you wish to search; all words entered are searched with a Boolean "AND".

WebCite Number

The WebCite and Citation filters are unique. If a value is entered in the WebCite or Citation field, all other search filters are ignored. If values are entered in both the WebCite and Citation fields, only the WebCite search filter is applied.

A “WebCite” number is different from a case number.

The WebCite number contains the year of the decision, a hyphen, the word “Ohio,” another hyphen, and finally a unique number containing up to four digits, e.g., 2002-Ohio-1234.

Each decision posted to this website is assigned a specific WebCite number. The number can be used to find a specific opinion on this website by entering the number into the “WebCite” text box.

Citation

The WebCite and Citation filters are unique. If a value is entered in the WebCite or Citation field, all other search filters are ignored. If values are entered in both the WebCite and Citation fields, only the WebCite search filter is applied.

“Citation” refers to the document numbering system for the Supreme Court’s print-published opinions, e.g., 140 Ohio St.3d 1. The citation searched must be an exact match, including punctuation. Only Supreme Court opinions are searchable by citation. Decisions of the courts of appeals should be searched for using their WebCite or the other search filters.