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COVID-19 Proceedures

The Dayton Municipal Court provides the following update due to the COVID-19 Pandemic:

The Public Health Board-Dayton & Montgomery County has issued a Stay-At-Home Advisory for Dayton and Montgomery County residents for the period of November 19, 2020, through December 17, 2020.

Pursuant to the Court’s Administrative Order of November 19, 2020, the Court Orders the following changes in court operations for the period of November 23, 2020 through December 18, 2020, unless another date is specifically indicated:

  1. Dockets shall be reduced and consolidated, and a designated Rotation Judge shall preside over all new and pending matters.
  2. Video Arraignments shall continue to be held for persons in custody at the Jail.
  3. All criminal, traffic, and civil cases, including evictions, scheduled for the Dayton Municipal Court, except for those matters requiring immediate attention and deemed necessary to proceed by the Assigned Judge or Rotation Judge, shall be Continued and all speedy trial time, statutes of limitation, and time requirements tolled.
  4. Whenever possible, parties or defendants ordered to appear in court shall appear by phone or through video communication technology. However, the Judges may require in-person appearance if they deem it necessary.
  5. Writs of Restitution, in process before November 23, 2020, will be processed with an execution date after December 17, 2020. These Writs shall be executed in a manner safe for Court employees and the public, in accordance with Public Health directives.
  6. All Jury Trials for criminal, traffic, and civil cases, including evictions, scheduled for the Dayton Municipal Court, shall be Continued, and all speedy trial time statutes of limitation and time requirements tolled until a future date after January 14, 2021.
  7. Dayton Municipal Court Probation and Pre-Trial appointments shall be conducted by phone or through video communication technology. Defendants may call (937) 333-4375 for instructions regarding their requirement to report.
  8. All in-person Dayton Municipal Court programs and classes shall be rescheduled for a date after December 18, 2020, or held, whenever possible, via video communications technology.

NOTICE FOR THOSE WITH HEARINGS:
A face covering must be worn at all times inside of the Dayton Municipal Court Building.

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 Assisting the handicapped/disabled.

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

To see the Court’s November 19, 2020 Administrative Order, click here.

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