Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Early Court Dockets

Several Licking County court dockets survived the 1875 Courthouse fire.  A docket is a schedule of court cases, or a list or summary of the legal proceedings of a court case. Dockets normally show the names of the plaintiff and defendant, along with notations about the proceedings of the case.  Earlier Licking County dockets have less information than later ones, yet they can still be helpful for determining when a person might have been in the county, or learning what sorts of crimes or lawsuits occurred during a certain period.

Here is a page from an 1836 Licking County docket, showing the names of some defendants and the crimes that they were charged with:

Following is a list of dockets which are located in the Records & Archives facility, and which pre-date the 1875 Courthouse fire:

Common Pleas Court:  1814-1823

multiple or unknown courts, or partial dockets:  1827-40, 1844-1846, 1848-1850, 1852, 1854, 1865, 1869, 1873-1875

Ohio Supreme Court, Licking County cases: 1814-1825, 1838-1851

Sheriff:  1863-1866

There are several other pre-1875 dockets in the basement of the Licking County Domestic Relations Court building.  "A Guide to Licking County Court Records in the Records & Archives Department" is also available at http://www.lcounty.com/records/RecordsSearch/frmCourtGuideIntro.aspx.  If you would like to get information from early Licking County dockets, please call 740-670-5121, or send us a message at http://www.lcounty.com/frmFeedback.aspx.