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Mayor's Court

Mayor: Ray DeGraw
Magistrate: Matthew P. Cincione
Prosecutor: David F. Beck
Clerk: Linda Wheeler

Mayor's Court convenes on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month starting at 1 PM. 

Mayor's Court is located in City Hall, 1016 Grandview Avenue, Grandview Heights OH 43212


Court Personnel

The Mayor serves as the decision-making authority of Mayor's Court.  At the Mayor's request, a Magistrate may be appointed to hear cases in the Mayor's stead.

The Prosecutor brings charges on behalf of the City.  He or she may make recommendations for fines, penalties or sentencing.  If a case is not disposed of during arraignment, the Prosecutor will bring the case to trial on behalf of the City.

The Clerk of Courts facilitates the administrative process, court scheduling, and collects fines and penalties.

If you have any questions concerning you pending court date, contact the clerk.
Phone: (614) 481-6205 
Email : Linda Wheeler
Fax: (614) 481-6224


Payments

If your ticket does not require a court appearance, you may pay your ticket by the court date listed on the ticket. Payment may be made by check, money order, cash or credit card at the Police Dispatchers window (1016 Grandview Ave) 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM any day of the week. If you are mailing in your payment, please include the following:

  1. Your ticket, signed on the back at the bottom.
  2. Make your check or money order payable to "the City of Grandview Heights". DO NOT MAIL CASH.
  3. If it was not shown to the officer and is not marked on your ticket, please enclose a copy of your proof of insurance.
  4. Please mail to: Grandview Heights Mayors Court, 1016 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43212

Failure to timely pay a ticket that is not being contested may result in a bench warrant for failing to appear.


Your Rights In Court
Your presence in Mayor's Court may be your first experience in any court. This information is designed to help you understand court proceedings and to inform you of your rights and duties. We want every person to leave this Court feeling that he or she has been treated fairly. Mayor's  Court is the judicial branch of City Government. Traffic violations and violations of City Ordinances are heard in this Court, and upon conviction , may result in the imposition of monetary penalties, fines, and in some circumstances,  a possible jail term.   Trials are conducted under the Ohio Code of Criminal Procedure and Ohio Rules of Evidence. 

Appearance In Court
When you appear in Court you will be required to obey the following rules:
       
  1. No weapons may be brought into the building. 
  2. Appropriate clothing and shoes will be worn.
  3. The wearing of hats or caps is not allowed for men.
  4. Food and drinks are not allowed in the Courtroom.
  5. While the Court is in session, talking is not allowed, except with authorized Court personnel.
  6. Cell phones are to be on silent mode or turned off.


Right To An Attorney
In all cases in Mayor's Court, you may have an attorney represent you if you choose.   When you are charged with an offense that may result in jail time as part of your sentence, you will need to decide whether you want to continue with or without an attorney. If you desire an attorney, and if the Court determines you do not have the means to hire one, the court will transfer your case to Franklin County Municipal Court.
 
Before Court  begins, you must decide upon and enter a plea to the charge against you, and you may consult with your attorney to do so. If you signed a citation in front of an officer, you did not plead guilty, but only signed a promise to appear in Court on your appearance date. There are three possible pleas to a complaint: Guilty, No Contest, and Not Guilty


Questions
Please see the frequently asked questions here.