Lorain Municipal Court


Eviction Proceedings

     Although the moratorium on evictions has expired under Federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (C.A.R.E.S.) Act, for any:

     1.)  federally subsidized rental unit, or

     2.)  property secured by a federally backed mortgage or first or subordinate lien,

a landlord must provide a tenant with a written minimum thirty (30) day notice to vacate in addition to the separate three (3) day notice required by Ohio law for evictions based on non-payment of rent.

     Any claim for forcible entry and detainer (eviction) based on non-payment of rent the landlord is required to show proof that:

     1.)  the rental premises is not federally subsidized or secured by a federally backed                      mortgage or first or subordinate lien.


     2.)  Both the thirty (30) day and the three (3) day notices to vacate were served on the                 tenant(s) prior to filing the complaint for eviction.

For all eviction cases, the court may convert the hearing to a pretrial conference to resolve the case or extend the hearing date to achieve appropriate social distancing, quarantine issues, or in the interest of justice based on the issues raised by the parties.

The Lorain Municipal Court is a court of record, having jurisdiction in law and equity, whenever an action or proceeding is properly brought before it, to determine, preserve and enforce all rights concerned and to hear and determine all legal and equitable remedies necessary or proper for complete determination of the rights of the parties.


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.

Civil Cases

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.