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Mailing Address: Trumbull County Clerk of Courts
Civil Division
161 High Street, N.W.
Warren, Ohio   44481
Phone: (330) 675-2557
Office Hours: Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


How to File a New Civil Complaint

$653.00 Filing Fee for Civil Foreclosures

$253.00 Filing Fee for all other Civil Complaints or an Affidavit of Indigency

Must caption complaint with the kind of civil action being taken:

  • Administrative Appeal
  • Foreclosure

    ***Note to Defendants in Foreclosure Action: Please see attached "Save the Dream" informational pages attached hereto as a "PDF" file.
    You must have ADOBE Reader to view PDF files. It can be downloaded for free by clicking on the ADOBE icon.

  • Product Liability
  • Professional Tort
  • Other Civil
  • Other Torts
  • Workers’ Compensation

Must file an original with an original signature and enough copies to serve all defendants

How to File a Judgment Lien

There are two (2) kinds of judgment liens:

(1) A judgment lien transferred from another court into Trumbull County

  • Fee to file is $25.00
  • Must obtain the certificate of judgment from Clerk of Courts Office where the judgment originated.
  • The certificate and fee is then filed with the Trumbull County Clerk of Courts Office

(2) A judgment lien from Trumbull County Common Pleas

  • Fee to file is $27.00
  • Need a precipe for a certificate of judgment with relevant judgment information
  • Precipe is then filed with the Trumbull County Clerk of Courts Office
  • A standardized form is available from the Clerk of Courts Office

How to File a Foreign Judgment

  • Fee to file is $25.00
  • Need an exemplified/authenticated copy of the judgment
  • Need an Affidavit of the names and addresses of the judgment creditor and judgment debtor
  • Need a Notice of Filing Foreign Judgment

How to Release a Judgment Lien

There are two (2) kinds of judgments that are released with the Clerk of Courts Office:

(1) State Lien

  • The filing fee is $20.00 for each full state lien
  • The filing fee is $5.00 for each partial state lien
  • Need an original release from the State of Ohio

(2) Civil Lien

  • The filing fee is $5.00
  • Must file the Release of Judgment by the creditor or the creditor’s attorney

How to Record your Notary

  • The recording fee is $5.00
  • Must bring in your Notary Form so it can be sealed and recorded

NOTE: To apply to become a notary or to renew your notary, you must go to the Trumbull County Bar Association which is located in the basement of the Law Library in the old Warren Public Library next to the Trumbull County Jail.  Their telephone number is (330) 675-2415.

Payment of Court Costs

If you have received a cost statement, payment must be made is cash or by money order.  You can either come to the Clerk of Courts Office to pay or you can mail in the payment (money order only).  Please make sure you provide the case number for proper payment of the court costs.

Victims of Crime Application

If you feel that you have been a victim of crime, you can file your complaint with either the Clerk of Courts Office or the Prosecutor’s Office.  The required form is available with the Clerk of Courts Office.  The filing fee is $7.50.

Public Terminals

Public computer terminals are available at the Trumbull County Clerk of Courts Offices located in the Trumbull County Courthouse, 160 High Street, N.W., Warren, Ohio, and in the Trumbull County Family Court Building, 220 Main Street, S.W., Warren, Ohio. 

You can use these public computer terminals to search information about a case filed in the Trumbull County Common Pleas or in the Domestic Relations Division.  You can either search by a name of a party on the case or by the case number.


There is a $5.00 fee to have an individual or a business name searched.  The information needed by the Clerk of Courts Office is a letter requesting the search which includes the name to be searched, the time period to conduct the search, and the $5.00 fee.  Searches are usually requested for a five (5) year period.

NOTE: You can come to the Clerk of Courts Office and search something yourself.  There is no fee to do this


Effective 1/1/2008, there is a $0.05 per page fee for a copy of a public record.

Signing Out Files

No files can be signed out.  If there is a need for a copy of a file, copies can be made for $0.05 per page.

Civil Cost Schedule (Effective 10/01/2013)
Complaints Fees
Civil Foreclosure $653.00
Civil - (Professional Tort, Product Liability, Other Torts, Other Civil,  Workers Compensation, Administrative Appeal, Replevin) $253.00
Counter Claim (if served) $60.00
Third Party Complaint, Answer & Cross Complaint (if served) $60.00
Cognovit (without precipe) $213.00
Cognovit (with precipe) $233.00
Amended Complaint $-0-


Certificate Of Judgment Fees
Filing (from other court) $25.00
Filing (from Trumbull County) $27.00
For Transfer $5.00
Revivor Of Judgment $25.00
Satisfaction/Release (full or partial) $5.00
Foreign Judgment $25.00
State Lien Release $20.00


Miscellaneous Fees
Executions $25.00
Debtor Exam $25.00
Writ of Possession $25.00
Garnishment (personal earnings) $25.00
Garnishment (other than personal) $25.00
Appeal of Arbitration $180.00
Civil or Criminal Search $5.00
Copies (each page) $0.05
Certification of Copy $1.00
Exemplified Copy $5.00
Notary Commission $5.00
Notary Certification $1.00
Court of Appeals $150.00
Witness Fees ($0.10 /mile) (whole days) $12.00
Witness Fees....($0.10/mile) (half days) $6.00
Motion for Expungement $50.00
Subpoena $-0-
Order of Sale $-0-
Passport Photo $10.00