In the Neighborhood

Cleveland Clerk of Courts Earle B. Turner brings his staff back in neighborhoods
to help those with traffic issues.

At our visits “In the Neighborhood”, we can now schedule people for court appearances in 9 Suburban Courts without fear of being put in jail. We have agreements with East Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, South Euclid, Bedford, Shaker Hts., Garfield Hts., Berea, Rocky River and Woodmere to send people to court sessions where they can get in payment plans. 

In the Neighborhood 2016 Schedule

The WORD Church
18909 S Miles Rd. 44128
 Saturday, April 30th   
 9 a.m.
Mega Church
3170 Scranton Rd. 44109
 Thursday, May 5th
 1 p.m.
Prince Hall Masonic Lodge
14402 Kinsman Rd. 44120   
 Thursday, May 19th  1 p.m.
La Sagrada Familia
7719 Detroit Ave. 44102
 Thursday, June 2nd
 1 p.m.
Union Miles Development Corp.
9250 Miles Park Ave. 44105
 Thursday, June 16th  1 p.m.
Mt. Gillion Baptist Church
7025 Cedar Ave. 44103
 Thursday, June 30th  1 p.m. 
Merrick House
1050 Starkweather Ave. 44113
 Thursday, July 28th  1 p.m.
2nd Calvary Baptist Church
12017 Emery Ave. 44135
 Thursday, August 11th
 4 p.m.
Harvard Community Services Ctr.
18240 Harvard Ave. 44128
 Thursday, August 25th  4 p.m.
Greater Friendship Baptist Church
12305 Arlington Ave. 44108
 Thursday, September 8th
 1 p.m.
Lee Memorial A.M.E. Church
861 E. 105th St. 44108
 Saturday, September 24th  9 a.m.

What is “In the Neighborhood”

“In the Neighborhood” is a Community Outreach program of Cleveland Clerk of Courts Earle B. Turner,  in response to what he has heard for years on the streets: It’s really hard for many people in Cleveland to get downtown to take care of their legal matters. Either the logistical problems of taking off time from work, the cost of parking downtown, or the fear of getting arrested keeps many people from settling old traffic, parking tickets or photo enforcement tickets. Also, many people can feel overwhelmed by back fines, and decide to just lay low and try to stay out sight from police.  Old fines can block them from jobs, and keep them from participating fully in our Community.  

 “In the Neighborhood” brings the Clerk’s staff right where people live, and offers them a chance to address their issues.
We do not arrest anyone.
The staff can put people into a payment plan or assign them a new Court date.  Most “In the Neighborhood” visits have been in churches or recreation centers, but we have also set up in parking lots, vacant lots, and sidewalks around the city.
With current technology, we can set up laptop computers anywhere, and connect our staff to our court system.

We also can tell people about programs at the Clerk’s office that can improve their quality of life, like Trusteeship, which prevents garnishment; or Rent Deposit, which allows tenants to legally withhold rent from negligent landlords.

What we need from the facilities that host us are:
     -A room that can seat approximately 100 people, with chairs for them.
     -3 six-foot rectangle tables for our staff.
     - At least 2 A/C electrical outlets.
     -Wi-Fi password, if Wi-Fi is available. If not, we have our own Wi-Fi units. 

For questions or more information, contact:

Obie Shelton
Public Information Officer
Cleveland Municipal Clerk of Courts office
(216) 664-6106
sheltono@clevelandmunicipalcourt.org

 

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