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Common Pleas Court - General Division

For Probation matters call 740-223-4230
For Clerk of Court matters call 740-223-4270
For matters before the Court call 740-223-4210
Fax and Electronic filing is available and encouraged. Please call the Clerk’s office for details.
If you are summoned to appear for jury duty, both Marion County Common Pleas Court, General Division Judges have phone numbers that can be called to determine if you must appear for jury duty.
Since many cases are resolved shortly before trial, you are requested to call the jury line after 5:30PM on the evening before your scheduled appearance for jury duty. A recorded message will verify whether or not you need to appear.
Jury line phone number for Judge W. Tom Edwards (Common Pleas Court A): (740)223-4242
Jury line phone number for Judge Matthew P. Frericks (Common Pleas Court B): (740)223-4241
A Message from Judge Edwards and Judge Frericks
Judge W. Tom Edwards
Welcome to the Marion County Court of Common Pleas Website.
Ohio’s first Constitution took effect in 1802 and provided for the creation of common-pleas courts around the state.  The judges on those courts were chosen not by the voters but instead by members of Ohio’s state legislature, the General Assembly. Ohio adopted a new Constitution in both 1851 and then again in 1912.  Under those documents – the latter of which still remains in effect – common-pleas judges were elected by the people rather than being chosen by the General Assembly. The General Division of the Court of Common Pleas has original jurisdiction over all adult felony cases in Marion County as well as any civil cases in which the amount in dispute exceeds $15,000.  The General Division can also issue injunctions and other forms of equitable relief, and it has appellate jurisdiction over decisions of some state and local administrative agencies and boards.
Judges W. Tom Edwards was elected in 2018 to serve six-year terms as judge in the general division of Marion’s Common Pleas Court.
Judge Matthew P. Frericks
Judge Matthew P. Frericks was appointed by the Governor of Ohio to fill a vacancy.
It is our pleasure to serve the citizens of Marion County and to bring our judicial philosophy to our community.
If the information you are seeking is not found on this page, please contact the court at the number provided.
Judge W. Tom Edwards  and   Judge Matthew P. Frericks

Department Mission Statement
We strive to provide access to the public to this court, transparency to the operation of this court, security to those within it,  due process for all litigants, equal application of the law, accountability to those who are found to have violated the law, fairness and impartiality from the bench, all free from political influence.

Marion, OH 43302

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Judge W. Tom Edwards Office

Phone: 740-223-4211

Fax: 740-387-1321

Judge Matthew P. Frericks Office

Phone: 740-223-4221

Fax: 740-387-7131

Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

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