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COVID-19 Proceedures

Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Dayton Municipal Court provides the following update:

Pursuant to the Court’s Administrative Order of April 3, 2020, the Court deems certain cases necessary to proceed.

The Court will hold limited in-person appearances and hearings beginning June 1, 2020 on the following:

  1. Video Arraignments will continue to be held for persons in custody at the Jail.
  2. Misdemeanor traffic and criminal initial arraignments are being held in Courtrooms 1A and 1B.
    Individuals issued traffic citations or who received summons by mail must appear on the arraignment date listed.
    Continuance: To request a Continuance, submit the Motion and Entry for Continuance form for Traffic cases to (937) 333-7558 and for Criminal cases to (937) 333-4490. If the Motion is granted, you will receive a new court date.
  3. Civil cases, including evictions, small claims, and photo enforcement hearings will be scheduled and held in Courtroom 1A.
  4. Civil, Criminal, and Traffic cases, scheduled on the individual Judge’s dockets, will be heard in the assigned courtrooms. Please contact the Judge’s Bailiff for specific instructions regarding in-person appearances.
  5. Jury trials will be scheduled beginning in August, 2020 to be heard in the assigned Judges’ courtrooms. Please contact the Bailiff for the assigned Judge for specific instructions regarding Jury Trials.
  6. The Supervision Department Officers (Probation and Pre-Trial) are conducting in-person and/or telephone appointments. Please call (937) 333-4375 for instructions regarding your specific requirement to report to your Supervision Officer.

NOTICE FOR THOSE WITH SCHEDULED HEARINGS IN THE DAYTON MUNICIPAL COURT:
A face covering is required to enter the Dayton Municipal Court Building and while inside a Courtroom.

ACCESS TO THE DAYTON MUNICIPAL COURT IS LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING PERSONS:
Attorneys, Prosecutors, Public Defenders, Plaintiffs, Defendants, Subpoenaed Witnesses, Victims, Victim Advocates, Interpreters, and Persons Providing Assistance to any of those individuals who are handicapped/disabled.

DO NOT COME TO THE COURTHOUSE IF YOU ARE ILL OR QUARANTINED. PLEASE CALL THE COURT. SEE CONTACT INFORMATION BELOW.

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) 333-4338

 (937) 333-4325

 (937) 333-4456

 (937) 333-4375



 (937) 333-4350


 (937) 333-4369


 (937) 333-4366


 (937) 333-4342


 (937) 333-4345



 (937) 333-4300

 (937) 333-4302

 (937) 333-4471

 (937) 333-4315

 (937) 333-4307

 (937) 333-4310

 (937) 333-4339


(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