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Unclaimed Funds

Posted on: Mar 30/2021 Posted to: news

Click here for a complete list of unclaimed funds from the Garfield Heights Municipal Court

Virtual Expungement Clinic for Cuyahoga County Residents!

Posted on: Mar 10/2021 Posted to: COVID

Community News:  If you need assistance to have your record sealed and you have a case here or in another court in Cuyahoga County, the Black Women’s Political Action Committee in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center and the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office are hosting a Virtual Expungment Clinic event 3/22 through 3/26.  To sign-up click the link here - OR- email info@bwpac.org and a link to their online sign-up page will be emailed to you.  You must complete the form by March 14, 2021. Once received, your form will be reviewed for eligibility and you will be contacted at the information provided for next steps. Eligible residents will be scheduled for an appointment with a legal professional during the expungement clinic week of March 22, 2021 through March 26, 2021.

Eviction Moratorium Update

Posted on: Jan 20/2021 Posted to: news

Eviction Moratorium Update

Garfield Heights Municipal Court is on-line 24/7 for all filings and, barring an internet emergency, will continue to operate in that manner throughout the Pandemic and beyond. Landlords may file evictions without interruption unless a higher court or executive order forbids the Clerk from accepting filings (which has never happened).

If a CDC Declaration is filed by a tenant in a pending matter, the Court will enter an order staying proceedings until the termination date of any moratorium currently in place. If the landlord contests the basis for the CDC Declaration, the landlord may file a request for hearing thereon. All hearings are being conducted via Zoom for the duration of the Pandemic.

If the landlord receives a CDC Declaration before a Complaint is filed, the landlord may file the Complaint with the CDC Declaration. The Court will stay the proceedings but as soon as the moratorium is terminated, the case will be reset for hearing in the order of filing. The landlord may also challenge the CDC Declaration at the time of filing.

The current moratorium is in effect until January 31, 2021 but we anticipate that it will be extended with unknown conditions. We will be implementing an on-line dispute resolution system after we know the conditions of any future moratoriums to aid the parties during any stay that may be imposed.

When any moratorium is terminated, the Court will reschedule all cases for hearing in the order of that they were filed. Hearings will be every Friday morning until any backlog is cleared. If necessary, the Court will add more hearing days to address the backlog.

Ohio Drivers License Law

Posted on: Jan 19/2021 Posted to: Publications

Ohio Drivers License Law This PDF chart lists the penalty provisions for common offenses such as driving under suspension, driving without a license, and wrongful entrustment. There is also a summary of when driving privileges may be granted and the requirements for the same.

Ohio Impaired Driving Law

Posted on: Jan 19/2021 Posted to: Publications

Ohio Impaired Driving Law This PDF details the penalties for the offenses of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, underage operating under the influence, and physical control. It also describes the length of administrative license suspensions imposed upon arrest and the process for appealing such suspensions.

COVID-19 and the Garfield Heights Municipal Court (09/03/2020)

Posted on: Mar 21/2016 Posted to: COVID

Amended Administrative Order September 3, 2020

Courthouse Closing: Effective March 20, 2020 at 4:00 pm and until further Order of the Court, no persons shall be admitted into the courthouse which constitutes the second floor of 5555 Tumey Road, Garfield Heights, Ohio, except court employees or other persons designated by the Clerk of Court or Presiding Judge. All courthouse entrances shall remain locked at all times

Click here to read the entire amended order.

2019 Annual Report

Posted on: Mar 21/2016 Posted to: Publications

The 2019 Garfield Heights Municpal Court's Annual Report.  Click here to view