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COVID-19 Proceedures

DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, THE DAYTON MUNICIPAL COURT PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING UPDATE:

The Court takes public health and safety seriously and has implemented aggressive policies to prevent the risk of infection from COVID-19. The Court is following the guidance provided by the Ohio Department of Health and Dayton/Montgomery County Public Health. While many citizens have been vaccinated, there may be persons participating in trials and hearings that have not received the vaccine. At this time, face coverings and social distancing will be required in the Courtrooms. If you do not have a face covering when you enter the Courthouse, one will be supplied to you. If you receive a notice to appear, please do not come to the Courthouse if you are ill or quarantined. Instead, please call the Court at one of the contact numbers listed on this page.

Effective October 1, 2021, the Court has resumed most of its normal court operations:

  1. Civil, Criminal, and Traffic cases are being scheduled on the Judges’ dockets and heard in their individual courtrooms. Individuals receiving a notice to appear must appear in Court unless they have arranged for a virtual appearance. A virtual appearance is at the discretion of the Judge. Failure to make arrangements before the court date can result in a warrant.
  2. Video Arraignments are being held for persons in custody at the Jail.
  3. Misdemeanor traffic and criminal initial arraignments are being held in Courtrooms 1B. Individuals issued citations or summons to appear on traffic or criminal offenses must appear on the arraignment date listed. Persons who receive traffic citations may file a Written Plea of Not Guilty form in lieu of appearing in Court. To obtain the plea form for a traffic offense, click here, and follow the directions to complete and submit the form to the Court. It is the defendant’s responsibility to ensure that the written plea form has been received by the Court before their traffic arraignment date. Failure to timely submit the form or appear in Court can result in a warrant for the defendant’s arrest.
  4. Eviction cases are being heard in Courtroom 1A. Persons, who receive a notice to appear, should appear in Court on the date listed. Writs of Restitution (eviction move-outs) shall be executed in a safe manner in accordance with the law and Public Health directives. Everyone present inside the premises at the move-out is required to wear a mask.
  5. Hearings for Temporary Protection Orders and Garnishments are being scheduled and heard in the courtrooms.
  6. Small claims cases, photo enforcement hearings, and other civil matters are being scheduled and heard in Courtroom 1A.
  7. Jury Trials. A jury trial, scheduled to take place, may be continued due to COVID-19. Each Judge shall make this determination on a case-by-case basis. A copy of the Judge’s Order continuing the jury trial will be sent to counsel and included in the case file. Persons with questions about jury duty should call (937) 333-4307.
  8. Dayton Municipal Court Probation and Pre-Trial appointments shall be conducted in person, by phone, or through video communication technology. Defendants may call (937) 333-4375 for instructions regarding their requirement to report.
  9. All in-person Dayton Municipal Court programs and classes are being held on their scheduled dates or via video communications technology. If Defendants have questions, they may call (937) 333-4375 for probation programs and classes and (937) 333-4456 for Traffic Safety Program classes.

NOTICE FOR THOSE WITH HEARINGS:
A face covering must be worn inside the Courthouse and in each Courtroom.

ACCESS TO A COURTROOM:
Attorneys, Prosecutors, Public Defenders, Plaintiffs, Defendants, Subpoenaed Witnesses, Victims, Victim Advocates, Interpreters, and Persons Assisting the handicapped/disabled shall always have access to the Courtrooms. The Judges have the discretion to allow other persons access to their individual Courtrooms.

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE COURTHOUSE IF YOU ARE ILL OR QUARANTINED. PLEASE CALL THE COURT AT ONE OF THE CONTACT NUMBERS PROVIDED AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.

Court Building

Hours

8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, for the acceptance of case filings and payments.

Visit clerkofcourt.daytonohio.gov to make payments and get information on Jury, Criminal, Traffic, and Civil court cases and tickets.


Dayton Municipal Court
   P.O. Box 10700
   301 West Third Street
   Dayton, OH 45402


Jurisdiction and Organization

The Dayton Municipal Court is a limited jurisdiction court of record whose judicial function is to apply the law to specific controversies brought before it and to resolve disputes between people and other legal entities. The court operates under the rule of law to assure that the protections of law are available to all people.

The Dayton Municipal Court was created in 1913 by the Ohio State Legislature and began its judicial operation in 1914. The court has boundaries of the City of Dayton. The court has subject matter jurisdiction over a violation of any ordinance of the City of Dayton; any state of Ohio statutory misdemeanor or traffic violation committed in Dayton; and jurisdiction to preside over preliminary hearings for felony cases that occur in the City of Dayton. Jurisdiction also includes civil cases when the amount in dispute is $15,000 or less and for small claims cases when the amount in dispute is $6,000 or less.

Five full-time judges serve on the Dayton Municipal Court. Each judge is elected on a nonpartisan ballot to serve a six-year term of office. Judges must be attorneys, required to have practiced law for a minimum of six years and be residents of the City of Dayton. All judges are sworn to administer justice in every case and to ensure that the cases before them are conducted in an impartial and equitable manner. Annually, the judges elect a Presiding Judge and an Administrative Judge. These judges meet regularly with the Court Administrator to review the operations and policies of the court.

Two full-time magistrates are appointed by the court to hear certain civil cases, small claims cases, eviction procedures and initial appearances for defendants summoned in for arraignment. They also preside over minor traffic and criminal cases.

The administrative, professional, technical and clerical functions of the court are provided by 55 court employees. Support positions include a court administrator, magistrates, legal assistant, court technology manager and IT technical support coordinator, probation officers, assignment coordinators, bailiffs, marshal, secretaries , paralegals, and electronic home detention officers.


Contact

Court Administrator
Ann Marie Murray
 (937) 333-4338    
(937) 333-4494

Bailiff's Office
 (937) 333-4325

Magistrates' Office
 (937) 333-4456    
(937) 333-2849

Supervision Services
 (937) 333-4375


Presiding Judge
Carl S. Henderson
 (937) 333-4350    
(937) 333-5077

Administrative Judge
Deirdre E. Logan
 (937) 333-4369    
(937) 333-4496

Judge
Daniel G. Gehres
 (937) 333-4366    
(937) 333-5114

Judge
Christopher D. Roberts
 (937) 333-4342    
(937) 333-5085

Judge
Mia Wortham Spells
 (937) 333-4345    
(937) 333-5083


Clerk of Court
Mark E. Owens
 (937) 333-4300

Central Payments
 (937) 333-4302    
(937) 333-4468

Civil Division
 (937) 333-4471    
(937) 333-4468

Criminal Division
 (937) 333-4315    
(937) 333-4490

Jury Information
 (937) 333-4307    
(937) 333-4468

Traffic Division
 (937) 333-4310    
(937) 333-7558

Warrant Enforcement
 (937) 333-4339


Court Administrator
Ann Marie Murray

Bailiff's Office

Magistrates' Office

Supervision Services


Presiding Judge
Carl S. Henderson

Administrative Judge
Deirdre E. Logan

Judge
Daniel G. Gehres

Judge
Christopher D. Roberts

Judge
Mia Wortham Spells


Clerk of Court
Mark E. Owens

Central Payments

Civil Division

Criminal Division

Jury Information

Traffic Division

Warrant Enforcement


(937) 333-4494


(937) 333-2849




(937) 333-5077


(937) 333-4496


(937) 333-5114


(937) 333-5085


(937) 333-5083




(937) 333-4468

(937) 333-4468

(937) 333-4490

(937) 333-4468

(937) 333-7558