The Village of

RUTLANDOHIO

Tyler M. Eblin, Mayor

MAYOR'S COURT

Rose Mary Eskew, Clerk of Court

Welcome

Welcome to the Village of Rutland Mayor's Court, a local court created by Chapter 1905 of the Ohio Revised Code to hear, adjudicate and determine punishment for criminal and traffic violations classified as a misdemeanor occurring in the Village of Rutland.


Presiding Officer

The Honorable Tyler M. Eblin, Mayor

Mayor Tyler M. Eblin is the current presiding officer of the Village of Rutland Mayor's Court. Mayor Eblin is certified by the Ohio Supreme Court to prosecute criminal, traffic and parking violations which are classified as a minor misdemeanor or misdemeanor of the first, second, third or fourth degree, as well as cases involving a charge of operating a motor vehicle while impaired.

Contact Information

Rose Mary Eskew, Clerk of Court
Rutland Civic Center-Village Hall337 Main Street, Post Office Box 297Rutland, Ohio 45775Telephone: (740) 742 2121Fax: (740) 742 0303πŸ“§ Send an e-Mail
Robert W. Bright, Village Solicitor
Rutland Civic Center337 Main Street, Post Office Box 297Rutland, Ohio 45775Telephone: (740) 742 2121Fax: (740) 742 0303πŸ“§ Send an e-Mail

Continuances

A defendant may file a motion and entry for a continuance of his or her case to a future date if the defendant needs additional time to obtain legal counsel, file for discoveries and prepare their defense. Additionally, if a defendant will be unable to appear in Court as summoned, he or she must file a motion and entry for a continuance. This form must be filed on or before the date of Court from which a continuance is requested. Continuances may be filed in person with the Clerk of Court at the Mayor's Office.

Court Process and Jurisdiction

The Village of Rutland Mayor's Court has jurisdiction in all cases involving violations of the municipal ordinances of the Village of Rutland occurring within the Village corporation limits. The Mayor's Court is conducted and operated pursuant to the Rules of the Mayor's Court, adopted and issued by the Mayor. The Mayor's Court is also subject to the Mayor's Court Education and Procedure Rules, Rules of Criminal Procedure, and Ohio Traffic Rules. The following explanation of court processes has been provided to better assist those who may appear before or conduct business with the Mayor's Court and ensure a basic understanding of the procedures of the Mayor's Court.

Complaint and Summons

A complaint is a document which specifies the details of a violation committed; and a summons is an order to appear before the Mayor, or a writ containing such order. The complaint and summons for criminal violations include the complaint by individual, minor misdemeanor citation, misdemeanor citation and a summons to appear in lieu of an arrest. The complaint and summons for traffic violations include the Ohio Uniform Traffic Ticket.

Violations Requiring a Mandatory Appearance

Pursuant to May. Ct. R. 41, if you have been charged with any criminal offense, you must appear before the Mayor during Mayor's Court. A criminal offense includes an offense unrelated to traffic and can be classified as a minor misdemeanor or a misdemeanor of the first, second, third or fourth degree.

Pursuant to May. Ct. R. 41, if you have been charged with any of the following traffic offenses, you must appear before the Mayor during Mayor's Court:

Violations Waiverable through the Violations Bureau

Violations not requiring a mandatory appearance before the Mayor's Court may be disposed of through the Village of Rutland Mayor's Court Violations Bureau. This means that a defendant may pay a fine in lieu of appearing in Mayor's Court. Defendants who pay a fine through the Violations Bureau are waiving their right to a trial and declaring an admission of guilt to the charge or charges.

Note: If a defendant desires to enter into a payment plan to satisfy the full payment of his or her fine, he or she must appear in Mayor's Court.

Arraignment

Those who appear in Mayor's Court due to the commission of a mandatory appearance violation or in desire to contest a charge or enter into a payment plan will first attend an arraignment hearing, wherein each will be informed of the charge or charges levied against them, will be informed of their rights, given an opportunity to continue their case to obtain a lawyer or opt for a jury trial, and will be asked to enter into a plea of guilty, not guilty or no contest.

Note: Before arraignment, the Mayor will read aloud to all defendants a summary of their rights.

Legal Counsel

All defendants have the right to obtain legal counsel. If a defendant has not secured legal counsel prior to Court, the defendant may continue his or her case to obtain legal counsel. The Mayor's Court does not appoint legal counsel to defendants. If a defendant requests legal counsel and cannot afford legal counsel, the case will be transferred to the Meigs County Court.

Bench Trial

In the Village of Rutland Mayor's Court, a bench trial is a trial by the Mayor, rather than a trial by jury. Bench trials will only be held in the Mayor's Court in the presence of the Prosecutor; otherwise, all cases requiring a bench trial will be transferred to the Meigs County Court or Court of Common Pleas.

The following procedures will take place if a bench trial is scheduled:

During the bench trial, the following procedures will take place:

Jury Trial

The Village of Rutland Mayor's Court does not conduct jury trials. Instead, when a defendant demands a jury trial, the case will be transferred to the Meigs County Court, where a jury trial can be held. Defendants are not eligible to demand a jury trial in minor misdemeanor offenses; however, in any offense that is a misdemeanor of the first, second, third or fourth degree.

Punishment

Upon a finding of guilt, the Mayor will impose sentencing as one's punishment. Punishment can include community service, a fine or incarceration. Punishment will be imposed as follows:

Forms

Appeal Forms

Arraignment Forms

Bond Forms

Community Service Forms

Disposition Forms

Warrant Forms

Witness Forms

All other administrative forms are accessible via the Baldwin Mayor's Court Management System (MCMS).

Payments and Payment Plans

The Village of Rutland Mayor's Court is committed to assisting all defendants in the satisfactory payment of their fines. Should a defendant be found guilty of a criminal or traffic violation for which the penalty is a fine, the defendant may request to enter into a payment plan to satisfy the payment of their fine in full over a period of 90 days.

Procedure of Payment Plan

Pursuant to Mayor Ct. R. 32, defendants may enter into a payment plan to satisfy the full payment of a fine imposed by the Mayor’s Court as follows:

Defendants should note that payment plans cannot be entered into by telephone or other methods of communication other than in person. Defendants who have received a misdemeanor citation or traffic ticket not requiring mandatory appearance, but desire to enter into a payment plan to satisfy the payment of their fine must appear before the Mayor's Court, wherein a payment plan will be negotiated.

Those who fail to comply with the payment plan will either have issued against them a warrant for their arrest or a warrant/registration block.

Methods of Payment

By Mail: Defendants may deliver a payment of their fine by United States mail to Village of Rutland Mayor's Court, 337 Main Street, Rutland, Ohio 45775.

In Person: Defendants may remit a payment of their fine in person at the Clerk of Court's Office located inside the Rutland Civic Center addressed at 337 Main Street, Rutland, Ohio 45775

Online: Defendants may remit a payment of their fine online at GovPayNow.com and entering the postal code 45775 in the Pay Location Code (PLC) field and thereafter completing the required fields. This service can also be accessed by clicking "Online Bill Pay" under "My Rutland" at the heading of this webpage.

Rights and Pleas

All defendants have rights which are prescribed by law; and all defendants will enter into a plea during their arraignment hearing. This page provides a list of those rights and a description of the three plea options that each defendant has when appearing before the Mayor's Court.

Rights

All defendants have the following rights in Mayor's Court, all of which will be read during their arraignment hearing:

Pleas

Each defendant will have the opportunity to enter into one of the following pleas during their arraignment hearing:

Schedules of Bonds, Fees and Fines

The Village of Rutland Mayor's Court assesses fees and imposes fines based on the Schedule of Bonds, Fees and Fines. Although the schedule exists, the Mayor's Court may exercise discretion in dismissing court costs, in whole or in part, as well as reducing the fine amount for convicted cases. To access a comprehensive list of ordinances and the fines for a violation of such ordinances, click the links provided below, or refer to the Common Fines and Fees list provided.

How do I locate my fine?

Violations Bureau

All traffic violations, except those listed below, may be disposed of through the Village of Rutland Mayor's Court Violations Bureau. Through the Violations Bureau, defendants may submit full payment of their fine, indicating an admission of guilt to the charge and a waiver of a right to trial. No criminal violations are permitted to be disposed of through the Violations Bureau. Defendants may contact the Mayor or Clerk of Court by telephone at (740) 742 2121 to inquire about their fine amounts.

Note: If a defendant desires to enter into a payment plan to satisfy the full payment of his or her fine, he or she must appear in Mayor's Court.

Nonwaiverable Traffic Violations

Pursuant to May. Ct. R. 41, if you have been charged with any of the following traffic offenses, you must appear before the Mayor during Mayor's Court:

Meet your Village Mayor's Court Clerk and Village Solicitor

Rose Mary Eskew, Village Mayor's Court Clerk

Rose Mary Eskew is the Village Mayor's Court Clerk. In this capacity, Eskew serves as clerk to the Mayor in all Mayor's Court administration matters. The Village Mayor's Court Clerk receives and processes cases; inputs court summonses; receives and processes court defendants; schedules hearings; processes payments of court fees and fines, among other tasks.

The Village Mayor's Court Clerk can be contacted by telephone at (740) 742 2121 or by email at court.villageofrutland@gmail.com.

Robert W. Bright, Village Solicitor

Robert W. Bright is the Village Solicitor and is responsible for prosecuting cases on behalf of the Village before the Mayor. The Village Solicitor represents the Village during all bench trials and administers adding or dismissing charges or plea arrangements.

The Village Solicitor can be contacted by telephone at (740) 742 2121.