Ohio Mayor's Court

Mayor's Courts are small, localized court systems throughout the various Ohio counties. Mayor's Courts are not the typical courts of record and they are not directly regulated by the Ohio Supreme Court in the way that the municipal courts are. Since the Ohio Supreme Court is the head of the judicial branch of government in the State of Ohio, however, it has set forth the standards that must be met for a mayor's court to operate.

The Ohio Revised Code § 1905.03 is the Statute that requires mayor's courts to register with the Ohio Supreme Court as a condition of operation.

While there are many advantages to Mayor's Court, such as having local authorities review your case rather than a remote magistrate, there are many limitations to mayor court jurisdiction.

Attorney for Mayor Courts in Cincinnati, OH

The attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm are experienced litigators who are experienced in multiple types of courtrooms throughout Cincinnati, OH, and Mayor's Courts are no exception. Our lawyers have defended clients in multiple Mayors' Courts throughout Cincinnati, including Harrison Mayor's Court, Amberley Village Mayor's Court, and Cheviot Mayor's Court in Hamilton County, Ohio.

Call (513) 399-6289 for more information about how one of our attorneys can help you.

Mayor's Courts Throughout Ohio

We practice criminal defense in all of the following Mayor's Court in Ohio including:

  • Hamilton County Mayor's Courts
  • Montgomery County Mayor's Courts
    • Moraine
    • Phillipsburg
    • West Carrollton
  • Butler County Mayor's Courts
  • Warrant County Mayor's Courts
    • Carlisle
    • Harveysburg
    • Maineville
    • Morrow
    • South Lebanon
    • Springboro
    • Waynesville
  • Preble County Mayor's Court
    • Camden
    • Gratis
    • West Elkton
  • Brown County Mayor's Court
    • Georgetown
    • Ripley
  • Clermont County Mayor's Court
    • Amelia
    • Bethel
    • Felicity
    • Loveland
    • Millford
    • New Richmond
    • Owensville
    • Williamsburg
  • Miami County Mayor's Courts
    • Bradford
    • Fletcher
  • Greene County Mayor's Courts
    • Yellow Springs


Mayor's Court Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Mayor's Court and Municipal Court?

Municipal court is what is considered a "court of record" where individuals can have their case tried before a jury. Those cases have a court reporter and may be used as the basis for an appeal to higher courts. Mayor's court proceedings may not be used in municipal court.

Do I have a right to an attorney?

Only when the charge can result in jail-time does an individual have a right to have an attorney that must be provided to an indigent person. An individual may always obtain a privately retained criminal defense attorney to represent them in mayor's court. If he or she needs time to obtain a criminal defense attorney, the judge in Mayor's Court will usually grant a continuance, providing the alleged offender with an opportunity to retain counsel.

Can I have a jury trial in Mayor's Court?

There are no jury trials in Mayor's court. You can, however, request a jury trial and your case will be removed to the appropriate Municipal Court in that jurisdiction in Ohio.

Can I Appeal a Mayor's Court Decision?

You may have your case retried in municipal court if you do not like the Mayor's Court decision. The municipal court will, however, retry the case as if it is the first time the case has come before a court. It will not use any mayor's court evidence, opinion, or testimonies.

Common Mayor's Court Offenses

  • Sales to underage persons: prohibitions and misrepresentations
  • Reckless driving
  • Open Container
  • Street Racing
  • OVI
  • Criminal mischief
  • Right-of-way at intersections
  • Operation of vehicle at stop and yield signs
  • Cultivation of Marijuana
  • Drug Possession
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

Find an Attorney for Mayor's Court in Hamilton County, OH

If you or someone you know is facing an OVI charge, or a misdemeanor violation in Hamilton County, OH, contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm.  We regularly practice in Mayor's courts, fighting for the rights of those accused of crimes in Cincinnati.

Call (513) 399-6289 now to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you in an Ohio Mayor's Court.

Our attorneys are accessible and available, ready to meet your need. Our clients can call, text, or email. We are dedicated to providing the best possible defense.

This article was last updated on Thursday, November 16, 2017.