IT IS HEREBY ordered that the following be and the same are adopted as the rules for the docketing of causes and regulations of practice and procedure of this Court in civil, criminal, and traffic causes until otherwise ordered. These rules and order shall be recorded by the court in the Volume of the journal reserved for that purpose. The Rules of Court as presented herein are hereby in effect until otherwise ordered.
The Municipal Court shall be open for the transaction of business at 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday of each week, and such other hours as the Judge shall specify.
The Court shall make a copy of any pleading, or deposition for any person requesting same or shall permit such person to copy such record. However, original papers shall not be removed from the file except with the consent of the court and a written receipt given thereof.
The assignment, cancellation or release of judgment shall be in writing and filed as other papers in the case.
Officers or employees of the Court shall not prepare or help to prepare any pleading, affidavit, entry or order in any civil, criminal, or traffic matter (except as provided in Small Claims).
Nothing contained in any of these rules (civil, criminal, or traffic) shall permit the practice of law by one not duly licensed as an attorney at law in the State of Ohio (particularly in Small Claims Division).
All requests for views of the scene by either party shall be in writing and filed with the court fourteen (14) days prior to trial with notice to the adverse party with a list of details to be pointed out to the jury by the Bailiff. The requesting party shall deposit, in advance, fifty dollars ($50.00) with the Clerk of Court, which will be applied to transportation costs.
Service and filing of pleadings and other papers subsequent to the original complaint shall be in accordance with the Ohio Civil Rules of Procedure.
Shall be governed by the rules established by the Common Pleas Court, but in no event shall more than one extension be granted.
When filed in the Municipal Court shall be docketed as a separate case and treated the same as though issued by this Court per Section 2329.02 R.C.
Whenever a precipe for execution is filed with the Clerk on a judgment of the Municipal Court, there shall also be filed therewith an information sheet wherein the party issuing the execution shall provide such additional information he may have in order to facilitate such execution. Such information shall be on the form provided by the Clerk for this purpose.
A copy of the notice of the sale of personal property shall be mailed by the Bailiff or Deputy Clerk to the parties and to attorneys of record in the case. However, failure to mail such notice shall not invalidate the sale.
When a case in this Court is dismissed for want of prosecution, for failure to comply with an order of the court, or by plaintiff without prejudice before judgment, all of the proceedings by the plaintiff in the same case or in any subsequent suit upon the same cause of action shall be stayed until the costs in the former action are paid, unless otherwise ordered by the court.
In all matters, which are settled prior to trial, it shall be the responsibility of the attorney to notify all witnesses subpoenaed by him. Failure to do will result in witness fees being taxed to such attorney.
Effective June 1, 2018, Norwalk Municipal Court Filing Fees
|22.1||Complaint in Forcible Detention
$6.00 for each additional Defendant
$6.00 for each additional Defendant
|22.3||Personal or Residence Service, Additional Fee Required||$10.00|
|22.4||Execution of Property||$100.00|
|22.5||Proceedings In Aid (Non-Wage)
(Plus $1.00 Fee Made Out To Garnishee)
|22.6||Garnishment Personal Earnings||$85.00|
|22.8||Writ of Restitution
(You Supply Own Movers)
|22.10||Certificate of Judgments||$5.00|
|22.11||Certificate of Judgment For Transfer To Our Court||$101.00|
|22.13||Precipe For Subpoenas Must Be Accompanied By Fees For One Day's Attendance Plus Mileage
Each Witness - $12.00 Plus Mileage
|22.14||Jury Fees Deposit||360.00|
|22.15||The Clerk Shall Refuse To File And Act On Any Matter Requiring A Deposit Of Costs Unless And Until The Deposit Has Been Made. Each Execution, Proceedings In Aid, Garnishment, Or Like Proceeding Shall Require A Deposit Of Costs According To The Above Schedule.|
|22.16||Small Claims Filing Fee (One Defendant)
(Each Additional Defendant Is $6.00)
|22.17||Small Claims Debtor's Exam||$7.50|
|22.18||Court of Appeals
($150.00 Court of Appeals & $25.00 Court)
No attorney, officer or attaché of the Court, nor any member of his or her immediate family on his or her behalf shall furnish bail or surety, or be received such bail or surety in any civil or criminal matter.
Jurors shall be chosen as generally provided for in the Revised Code.
All recommendations for withdrawal or dismissal of a case and the reason therefore shall be made in open court.
Effective June 1, 2018, The New Waiver & Bond Schedule For The Norwalk Municipal Court Is As Follows:
|Speed - 1st Offense||$3.00/Mile Over Limit||$85.00|
|Speed - Subsequent Offense In One Year||$4.00/Mile Over Limit||$85.00|
|Reckless Operation (Willful)||$150.00||$85.00||$235.00|
|Driver Seat Belt Violations||$30.00||$56.00||$86.00|
|Passenger Seat Belt Violations||$20.00||$56.00||$76.00|
|FTY To Public Safety Vehicle||$100.00||$85.00||185.00|
|Other Traffic Moving Minor Misdemeanors||$30.00||$85.00||$115.00|
|Parking On Roadway||$30.00||$46.00||$76.00|
|ON ALL MULTIPLE OFFENSES, THE WAIVER ON THE ASSOCIATED OFFENSE||$fine||$46.00|
|Disorderly Conduct MM||$100.00||$75.00|
|All Other Criminal Misdemeanors||$30.00||$75.00||$105.00|
|No Other Misdemeanors, Traffic Or Criminal Offense Shall be Disposed Of Or Processed By The Violation Bureau|
|1st Degree Misdemeanor||Full Bond||$5,000.00 Or 10%|
|2nd Degree Misdemeanor||Full Bond||$4,000.00 Or 10%|
|3rd Degree Misdemeanor||Full Bond||$3,000.00 Or 10%|
|4th Degree Misdemeanor||Full Bond||$2,000.00 Or 10%|
|Possession of Marijuana||Full Bond||$2,200.00 Or 10%|
|Minor Misdemeanor||Full Bond||$2,000.00 Or 10%|
|Parking in Handicap Zone||Full Bond||$5,00.00 - NO 10%
Waiver Amount, Whichever is Higher
Effective June 5, 1996, the court issued the following: Rule of Court as it applies to R.C. 4511.19, etc.
The Court will not continue the initial appearance date on charges involving driving under the influence, unless a medical excuse is filed with the Court.
Further, the Court will require a personal appearance, by either the defendant or his counsel, to address the five-day license suspension hearing.
The Norwalk Municipal Court is charged with dispensing Justice, resolving disputes, and protecting the Constitutional rights of those who appear before the court.
Accordingly, appropriate levels of security should exist in the court to protect the integrity of the court procedures, protect the rights of individuals before it, sustain the decorum and dignity of the Court, and assure that Court facilities are secure for all those who visit and work there.
Therefore, pursuant to the Rules of Superintendence for Municipal Courts the Court establishes as follows:
This Court, in conjunction with the Huron County Common Pleas Court, General Division, and in the Huron County Common Pleas Court, Probate and Juvenile Division, has appointed a local advisory committee consisting of representatives of each of the groups;
Judges, Law Enforcement Officials responsible for court security, County Commissioners, City of Norwalk Safety Service Director, Court Office Holders with offices located in the Courthouse, Huron County Bar Association and Members of the Public.
The Court shall implement a local security policy and procedure plan by July 1, 1996, which shall address the Ohio Court Security Standards adopted by the Supreme Court of Ohio on October 17, 1994.
The local court security advisory committee shall adopt a security operations manual, which shall establish written directives for the purpose of ensuring security within the court while maintaining accessibility to the community.
IN ADDITION TO THE LOCAL RULES OF COURT ESTABLISHED HEREIN, THIS COURT ADOPTS ALL RULES AND PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THE OHIO REVISED CODE AND THE RULES OF SUPERINTENDENCE AS PROSCRIBED BY THE SUPREME COURT OF OHIO.
The Court hereby adopts Rule 32 of the Local Rule of Practice. Rule 32 states:
The Court Administrator shall submit in electronic format via the Ohio Supreme Court website reports as required by Supreme Court Sup. R. 37.01 through 37.03. The reports shall be prescribed by the Supreme Court and submitted no later than the fifteenth day after the close of the reporting period. Only the Judge, Court Administrator and the Clerk of Court shall have access to the Supreme Court website login credentials. The Judge, Court Administrator and the Clerk of Court shall take the necessary steps to ensure and maintain the security of the Supreme Court website login credentials.
Rule 32 shall be recorded by the Clerk of Court and a copy thereof shall be filed by the Clerk with the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Ohio. The Clerk of Court shall cause a copy of Rule 32 to be posted on the Court's web page: http://www.norwalkmunicourt.com/rules.php
The Clerk of Court shall provide copies of the Local Rules of Practice including Rule 32 to any person upon the payment of a fee representing the actual cost of making the copies.
The Court hereby adopts Rule 33 of the Local Rule of Practice effective December 1, 2017. Rule 33 states:
The presiding judge shall make the final decision on termination of a participant after review of all documentation, and hearing unless waived by the participant.