Municipal courts were created by the General Assembly in Chapter 1901 of the Ohio Revised Code. The territorial jurisdiction is established by statute. The Miami County Municipal Court has jurisdiction over Miami County.
Subject Matter Jurisdiction
Municipal courts have jurisdiction over misdemeanors and have authority to conduct preliminary hearings in felony cases. Municipal courts may also handle civil cases in which the amount in controversy does not exceed $15,000 and small claims up to $3,000. Municipal court judges also may perform marriages.
Municipal Court Judges
A Municipal Judge must be an attorney with at least six years experience in the full time practice of law. The Governor will appoint a judge to fill any vacancy which occurs between scheduled elections.