The clerk of court shall direct the day-to-day operation of the clerk’s office pursuant to the provisions of the Ohio Revised Code. The maintenance of the records of this court shall be the primary responsibility of the clerk of court and his/her management staff, department heads, and unit supervisors. The clerk of court shall establish, maintain, store and reproduce, wherever practicable, all of the official records of this Court.
The clerk shall, therefore, generally exercise authority over the policy, management, administration and function of that office. However, the court, by majority vote, may rescind, modify or void any action taken by the clerk in order to advance the interest of judicial efficiency and justice of the Cleveland Municipal Court as an institution.
The administrative judge shall have full responsibility and control over the administration, docket and calendar of this court and shall develop accounting and auditing systems for the purpose of case management within the court and the office of the clerk of court. These systems shall be so designed as to ensure the accuracy and completeness of all reports required by the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio.
The administrative judge may issue orders directed to the clerk on minor administrative matters seeking merely incidental administrative details concerning matters that relate to case control and case disposition without a majority vote of the judges
The provisions of this local rule are adopted under Crim. R. 12(B).
Pleadings and other papers may be filed with the Clerk of Court by facsimile transmission to 216-664-4299 subject to the following conditions:
These rules apply to criminal and traffic proceedings in the Cleveland Municipal Court.
These rules do not apply to civil, small claims, BMV appeals or expungement proceedings. In these proceedings no facsimile transmission of documents will be accepted.
The following documents will not be accepted for fax filing: Appeals, Motions to Seal the Record, Administrative License Appeals, 12-Point Suspension Appeals or any pleading or document requiring a filing fee.
A document filed by fax shall be accepted and treated as the effective original by this court for all purposes. The person making a fax filing need not file any source document with the Clerk of Court but must, however, maintain in his or her records and have available for production on request by the court the source document filed by fax, with original signatures as otherwise required under the applicable rules, together with the source copy of the facsimile cover sheet used for the subject filing.
The source document filed by fax shall be maintained by the person making the filing until the case is closed and all opportunities for post-judgment relief are exhausted.
The Clerk of Court may accept the filing of criminal complaints by electronic transmittal.
This court may serve subpoenas by facsimile to the Cleveland Police Districts and may transmit bonds by facsimile to defendants in the custody of the Cleveland Police Department. The executed bonds may be returned to the Clerk of Court by facsimile. The original facsimile bond signed by the defendant shall be returned by the Cleveland Police District to the Clerk of Court at the end of the business day on which the bond was assigned.