12th Floor - Court Tower
1200 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44113

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Lynn McLaughlin-Murray, Chief Magistrate
Ph: (216) 664-4942
Fax: (216) 664-4949
Magistrates are non-elected judicial officers appointed by judges to handle certain civil and criminal cases. They conduct proceedings just as a judge would, but certain decisions of the magistrate are not final or effective until they are reviewed and adopted by a judge. Magistrates also assist the judges with legal research, writing opinions and drafting entries, as needed.

The magistrates of the Cleveland Municipal Court handle several different types of dockets. These include:

  • Small claims, including mediation
  • Traffic arraignment
  • Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV)  suspension appeals and limited driving privileges
  • Pre- and post- judgment motions
  • Default judgment evidentiary hearings
  • Bond forfeiture
  • Garnishment
  • Parking Violations Bureau Appeals
  • Judges’ civil and criminal dockets, when assigned 
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