The first appearance in Court is called an Arraignment Hearing in which the Defendant is provided an opportunity to plead guilty, no contest, or not guilty before a Judge or Magistrate.
Based on the plea, the Judge or Magistrate may decide a sentence that day or assign the case to a Judge for a future hearing date. According to Local Rule 8.01, defendants with multiple cases are assigned to the same Judge for continuity. The citation, applicable proof of insurance, and/or documentation of any classes that have been taken should be presented at the arraignment. If found guilty, the Defendant should be prepared to pay the fines and costs or ask for additional time to pay.
Location / Hours
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri *Doors open at 8:30 AM
Location: 375 S. High St. Columbus, OH 43215
If I plead not guilty, how soon will my case be set for trial?
If you are charged with a minor misdemeanor and you do not waive your right to a speedy trial, the trial will be set in ten (10) days.
If you are charged with a minor misdemeanor and you waive your right to a speedy trial, the trial will be set out two (2) weeks or longer.
What happens after the arraignment?
If the case is a misdemeanor of the 4th degree (M4)
or higher, you can request a jury trial and a pretrial hearing will be scheduled in front of a judge.
If the case is a minor misdemeanor
, you can only request a court trial (trial in front of a judge and not a jury) and your case will be set for trial.