The Court is required to mail a copy of the complaint to the defendant(s) by certified mail. If the address is incorrect or service cannot be completed, the plaintiff will be notified of this and must provide the clerk’s office with an address so the complaint can be served on the defendant(s). If service is not completed, the trial cannot go forward. You may check service on your case by calling the clerk’s office at 664-4818 or visiting our website at www.clevelandmunicipalcourt.org . If you do not have service, your case cannot go forward on the scheduled hearing date.
When you obtain a judgment, you will have to take affirmative steps to collect the judgment. The most common methods used are wage garnishments, bank account attachments and filing a judgment lien against the judgment debtor.
Once the judgment is journalized, it is important to wait until the 14 day objection period has expired before starting any collection attempts.
There was a judgment rendered against you by a court of law. The judgment creditor may take 25% of a judgment debtor’s net disposable earnings (earnings that are left after deductions required by law) for each pay period. Once filed, the order of garnishment is continuous until the debt, court costs and interest are paid in full.
The Information Services Department of the Clerk of Court’s office is located on the 2nd floor of the Justice Center. Our staff can assist you with the preparation of your claim. Bring with you the name(s) and address of the person(s) you wish to sue and any information you have regarding your claim. For example, if your claim has to do with your neighbor’s tree that fell on your fence and caused damage, bring at least two estimates for the repair of that fence. If you are suing a corporation, it is best to state the correct name of the corporation on the complaint. You can contact the Secretary of State of Ohio by telephone to obtain the name of a corporation and the name and address of its statutory agent (appointed by the corporation to accept the service of legal papers). The maximum amount of damages which can be requested in Small Claims Court is $3,000.00. Please refer to Schedule C for proper filing fees.
Prepare your Answer on an 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper. Always include the court name, the case caption (plaintiff and defendant name), the case number and your response to the lawsuit in writing. You have twenty-eight days after you receive summons and copy of Complaint to answer. The Answer is filed with the Clerk of Court on the 2nd floor. There is no fee to file an answer.
Continuance of any hearing may be accomplished by filing a Motion for Continuance at least seven (7) days prior to the scheduled court date. The seven (7) day period does not include the scheduled court date. The “motion” is filed in the Clerk of Court’s office and must be accompanied with a $5.00 filing fee. A request for continuance shall be in writing and must include the following information:
A judgment award usually includes a specific amount of money, plus any court costs paid and interest from the date of judgment. Contact your Judgment Creditor for an exact amount due.
You must contact the credit reporting agency that lists your debt to obtain the information regarding your case. Normally, a debt must be paid to the judgment creditor to be removed from your credit report. You may request that the judgment creditor satisfy your case once you have paid the full amount of the debt, court costs and any interest due.
Once a judgment entry has been journalized by the clerk, you have 14 days after that date to file your objections with the court.
You may contact the Housing Court Specialist who may assist you with those questions. The phone number is 216 664-4295. Ask to speak to a Housing Court Specialist and they will connect to the next available Specialist or you can visit the housing court website at http://www.clevelandhousingcourt.org
Yes. When doing so, please enclose a self addressed, stamped envelope so that we may send your receipt of filing and a notice of your court date(s). If your filing does not include the proper filing fee, it may be returned to you. An improper filing could result in a dismissal by the Housing Court
Come to the clerk of courts office on the 2nd floor, bring a photo identification and you will be required to fill out a form which shows your case number and the previous and new address to be changed.
Yes. At least one of the parties getting married must be a resident of the City of Cleveland or Village of Bratenahl.