Criminal and Traffic Division


The court handles all traffic and criminal misdemeanors committed within its jurisdiction. The court also holds initial and preliminary hearings for felony cases where an alleged crime has been committed.

Misdemeanor traffic and criminal initial appearance hearings are held on Mondays, except holidays, at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in Norwalk, Ohio and at 1:30 p.m. in Willard, Ohio.

If the Norwalk Municipal Court is closed, the Norwalk Police Department, located at 37 N. Linwood Avenue, Norwalk, Ohio is open 24-hours a day and will accept payment for waivers, bonds, etc.

Failure to Appear

Failure to appear in Court as required will result in the following actions:

  • Warrant for arrest for failure to appear and contempt of court, which is a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine, jail or both. You will be required to post bond.
  • The Court will notify the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles of your failure to appear. The BMV will withhold the issuance or renewal of your driver's license and registration, and suspend your driving privilege until the case is formally closed.