Lorain Municipal Court
Lorain Municipal Court Limits In-Person Court Hearings
Due to the recent surge in Covid-19 infections, the Lorain Municipal Court is eliminating most in-person court hearings, effective Monday, November 23, 2020.
All pending criminal and traffic cases will be rescheduled, and the Court will send a notice to each defendant advising of the new court date and the manner in which the case will be heard. If a person fails to receive such notice, he or she should call the Clerk of Courts at 440-240-2140 or check the status of their case online at www.public.lorainmunicourt.org
If anyone wishes to bond an individual out of jail they can call (440) 204-2840 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm to schedule an appointment or for after-hours bonding through any bondsperson that has previously registered with the Clerk of Court’s Office.
Individuals with Civil cases or those intending to file a Civil case can inquire with the Clerk of Courts at (440) 204-2926.
The Clerk of Courts will also be installing a dropbox outside of the main entrance of City Hall for payment of fines during normal business hours. The Clerk of Courts office has added three new call in “payment hotlines” to accommodate those wishing to pay by phone. (440) 204-2836, (440) 204-2847, or (440) 204-2841.
Effective Monday, November 30, 2020, the Court will begin implementing a process whereby arraignments for new cases will be conducted virtually. The Court’s plan is to have all arraignments heard virtually by December 7, 2020. Anyone with questions about this new process can call, or Judge Elwell’s office at 440-204-2150 Judge Mihok’s office at 440-204-2159.
Eviction hearings will continue to be held in person on their currently scheduled dates. Masking, social distancing and hygiene rules will be strictly enforced.
The Judges and Clerk of Courts want to emphasize that these procedures are subject to change as circumstances change and will keep the general public advised of same.
The court has jurisdiction on the violation of any ordinance of the city of Lorain or of any misdemeanor committed in Lorain. The court has jurisdiction to hold preliminary hearings in felony cases committed in Lorain and to discharge, recognize or commit the accused. The court’s territorial jurisdiction covers the city of Sheffield Lake and Sheffield Township as well as that of the city of Lorain.
The court also has jurisdiction in civil cases where the amount to be recovered does not exceed Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000). Civil actions such as those for the recovery of property, those based on contract, interpleader, replevin, forcible entry and detainer, to satisfy judgments, for the sale of personal property, and for the foreclosure and marshalling of liens are all within the purview of the court.
Ordinances & Regulations
The court has jurisdiction in all actions for injunction to prevent or terminate violations of the ordinances and regulations of the city of Lorain enacted or promulgated under the police power of the city of Lorain, pursuant to Section 3 of Article XVIII, Ohio Constitution, over which the Common Pleas Court has or may have jurisdiction, and in such case, the court may proceed to render such judgments and make such findings and orders in the same manner and to the same extent as in like cases in the Court of Common Pleas.
Sale of Real Property
It also has jurisdiction in all actions and proceedings for the sale of real property under a lien of judgment of the municipal court, in all actions for the recovery of real property situated within its territory, and in all actions for the foreclosure of a mortgage or real property given to secure the payment of money. The statute authorizes the transfer of judgments from one court of record to another and any proceedings for collection may be had on such judgments the same as if it had been issued by the transferor court.