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Civil Case: 216-664-4870
Criminal Case: 216-664-4790
Civil Case: 216-664-4870
Criminal Case: 216-664-4790
Your court date, time and location can be found on the bottom right hand of your traffic ticket. You can also click here for online “Case Information” and enter your ticket # or call 216-664-4790 Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm , Saturday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Main parking for the Justice Center is at the Huntington Parking Garage 1141 W.3rd St., Lakeside Ave. (directly across from the Justice Center)
Additional Parking is located on West Third between St. Clair and Lakeside Avenue and there are two parking lots located across from the Cleveland Browns Stadium on W.3rd St..
Metered parking is available within certain hours. Please pay attention to posted signs.
Cost for parking ranges from approximately $3 to $15 per day.
FROM THE SOUTH: Take I-71 North to the Ontario Street Exit. Turn left on Ontario Street and head North towards the Lake. Turn left on Lakeside Avenue. The Justice Center is on the corner of Ontario and Lakeside.
FROM THE EAST: Take I-90 West to Route 2 West and exit at West 3rd Street. Turn left onto West Third Street and proceed to Lakeside Avenue. The Justice Center is on the corner of West 3rd Street and Lakeside.
FROM THE WEST: Take Route 2 East to the Lakeside Avenue exit. The Justice Center is on the corner of Lakeside Avenue and West 3rd Street.
Bring any Documents / Photos you think might be pertinent to your case.
You must appear in person at the Clerk’s Office – Third Floor and present (2) forms of Identification and post / sign a bond.
Business Casual. For more information about Courtroom Decorum, click here. For Juror Do's and Don'ts and additional Juror information, click here.
Refer to our online Forms Library.
You speak to the Court by filing a motion. Continuances 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. All requests for continuances shall be in writing and must include the following information:
If you are filing against a business, it is suggested that you contact the Secretary of State to verify the following:
Click here for the Filing Fees of the Civil Division.
Expungement is the sealing of a criminal record so it is not publicly available. The statutes authorizing expungemnet are Ohio Revised Code section 2953.32 & 2953.52. While it is believed the following information is accurate, you should consider consulting an Ohio attorney to help you with the expungement process. If you cannot afford a lawyer, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, (216) 687-1900, may be able to help.
Only first time offenders can have a record expunged.
The expungement for a misdemeanor cannot be filed until at least one year from the defendant's final disposition. All court costs and any fines or restitution must have been paid at least 1 year before you can file. Convictions where your original felony charge was dropped to a misdemeanor, at least one full year must have passed, and the fine/costs, etc. must have been paid before an expungement is filed.
You must not have any other felony or misdemeanor conviction or any pending cases.
If you were found not guilty or the case was dismissed in court, you must wait until that finding is journalized before filing.
There are several other reasons your case may not qualify, such as a specific charge. Please seek legal advice.
If you qualify to have you record expunged, please obtain a record check from the Cleveland Police Department (third floor Police Headquarters', the cost is 5 cents per page.) and from the County Sheriff's Department (third floor Justice Center; cost is $6.00 cash/check/ money order). You would then see an attorney, public defender or go to the law library for the expungement motion.
The filing fee for Cleveland Municipal Court is $50.
Prepare your answer on a 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 Complaint to answer. The Answer is filed with the Clerk of Court on the 2nd floor. There is no filing fee to file an answer.
Once you’ve filed a case of your own, have been sued, or have been charged with a crime, you have the right to subpoena witnesses for a trial or deposition, and to use the power of the court to require them to attend and offer testimony for you. There is a different procedure for civil and criminal cases.
If you’re suing someone or have been sued, prepare your subpoena and bring it to the Bailiff of Cleveland Municipal Court at the Justice Center, 1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland. Go to the Bailiff’s Office on the tenth floor. Include a $6 check payable to the witness you wish to subpoena. The Bailiff will then arrange for service of the subpoena.
If you’re charged with a crime and wish to issue a subpoena to have a witness appear on your behalf, prepare your subpoena and bring it to the Clerk of Court of Cleveland Municipal Court at the Justice Center, 1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland. Go to Window 4 on the third floor, and include a $6 check made payable to the witness you wish to subpoena. The Clerk will then arrange for service of the subpoena.
To find if someone is in custody in the City of Cleveland Jail, contact the Cleveland Clerk of Courts Office at 216-664-4790 24 hours a day. Cuyahoga County Jail call 216-443-7000 Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
To find out if you need to report for jury duty, you must call the Jury Commission after 4 pm (216-664-3957) the day before you are scheduled to serve. It is necessary to have your jury summons in front of you when calling. You will hear a recorded message that will tell you if your services are needed according to your Pool Sequence Number.
In order to serve on a jury, you must be a registered voter in the City of Cleveland. Potential jurors are chosen at random from a list of registered voters provided by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
There are many attorneys practicing law in the Cleveland area, and you will find most of them listed in the telephone book under "Attorneys."
If you are charged with a crime for which you could be incarcerated and you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, the Cuyahoga County Public Defender will represent you in court. However, there may be a fee based upon your ability to pay and there will be a $25 application fee to use the services of the Public Defender. If you are charged with a crime that does not carry the potential of jail time upon conviction, you are not entitled to a court-appointed lawyer, but you may either represent yourself or hire a lawyer at your own expense. For more information, see here: http://publicdefender.cuyahogacounty.us/
The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service to provide assistance for any person who can afford to pay a reasonable fee for legal services that may need to be referred to an attorney. For more information, visit their website: http://www.clemetrobar.org/LRS.aspx
If you are suing someone or being sued and you meet the low income guidelines, the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland may represent you in certain types of cases. To apply or obtain more information on The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, visit their website: http://lasclev.org/
The couple must first obtain their marriage license from the Cuyahoga County Marriage License Bureau located in the Lakeside Court House, One Lakeside Avenue.
Marriage appointments are made in person at the Clerk of Courts office. The couple will present their County marriage license to the clerk when scheduling their wedding date. Marriages are performed on Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., excluding legal holidays. There is a $20.00 fee (CASH ONLY) that is to be paid at the time of scheduling the marriage. Marriages are performed for City of Cleveland/Village of Bratenahl residents only.
You will receive a confirmation of your marriage date at the time of scheduling your wedding. On your scheduled wedding day, the couple will report to the Judge’s courtroom that is indicated on your paperwork.
If you or someone you needs an interpreter, please call 216-664-3952
To estimate the cost of your waiverable ticket(s), use our How Much Is A Ticket estimator. Our Pay My Ticket page will point you to the correct site for online payments, depending upon the type of ticket you have. You can also call the Cleveland Clerk of Courts Office at 216-664-4790 Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm or stop by in person during business hours at 1200 Ontario Street – 3rd Level- Justice Center, Cleveland, Ohio
If your ticket is checked “Personal Appearance Required” (bottom right hand of ticket) your ticket is not payable (waiverable). A court appearance is required. To estimate the cost of a waiverable ticket, and find out specific offenses that are NOT waiverable, click here.
Visit Clevelandparkingtickets.com or call 216-664-4744 or in person a the Parking Violations Bureau and Photo Safety Division is located at:
Cleveland Police Headquarters
Cleveland, OH or by mail at Parking Tickets:
City of Cleveland
Parking Violations Bureau
Cleveland, OH 44199-0939
Photo Infractions: City of Cleveland, Parking Violations Bureau
Photo Safety Division
Cleveland, OH 44199-0910
Please place the violation number(s) on the check or money order. If you have received a notice concerning the violation through the mail, please send the attached payment coupon along with your payment. This will ensure that your payment is processed quickly and accurately.
If you're unsure what type of ticket you have, click here for our Pay My Ticket page.
Please allow five business days from the date of issuance of ticket.
Cash, Credit Card (MasterCard, Visa and Discover), personal check and money order.
Click here to go to ePay or mail a check/money order to Cleveland Traffic Violations Bureau, P.O. 99639, Cleveland, Ohio 44199-0639.
In person: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at 1200 Ontario Street – 3rd Level Justice Center, Cleveland, Ohio.
You may request a Transcript using our online Transcript Request Form. You can also make your request by calling the Court Reporters Department at 216-664-4725, or in person on the 10th Floor of the Justice Center.