The purpose of Mayor's Court is to resolve violations of Pataskala Ordinances that occur within the city of Pataskala.
If you have any questions related to the City of Pataskala Mayor's Court, please call:
Tonia McFerin, Mayor's Court Clerk
621 West Broad Street
All traffic and misdemeanor cases (except juvenile,domestic violence and repeat OVI offenses) can be heard in Mayor's Court. Mayor's Court is designed to be a community court which is better suited to accommodate the local citizens. Since they are smaller than Municipal Courts, people spend less time in court and have a less stressful environment.
Pataskala Mayor's Court is held every Thursday beginning at 1:00 p.m. for Miscellaneous Hearings (you've already been to court and have entered the Time Payment Program), 2:00 p.m. for the regular Arraignment court session and Trials begin at 3:00 p.m. Promptness and appropriate dress is required. For additional information about the Mayor's Court "Do's and Dont's" please click here.
Citations for traffic violations can be either paid online, by mail or paid in person to the Clerk of Court prior to or on the day of court appearance. The Clerk of Court is located in Suite 2B at 621 West Broad Street, Pataskala, Ohio 43062.
Failure to appear for court on the appropriate date can result in a warrant for your arrest being issued, a block on all vehicle registrations, and a possible driver's license forfeiture sent to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
If you are unable to attend a scheduled court date, you must appear in person at the Clerk's Office and request a continuance, at least 24 hours prior to the court date. Continuances are not given over the phone. If the request is for good cause and you've had no prior continuances, the Clerk will re-schedule the case one time only for a one week continuance without penalty. Failure to appear for any scheduled hearing will result in a warrant being issued for failure to appear and this will require that bond be posted to get back into court. You can call the court at (740) 927-3361 to find out your bond amount.
Mayor's Court is held before a Magistrate, who is an attorney. The Magistrate determines the verdict and also the penalty for any guilty verdict.
Mayor's Court does not have trials by jury. Any person wishing to have their case heard by a jury will have the case transferred to Licking County Municipal Court (minor misdemeanor cases are not entitled to a jury trial).
A person can have their case determined by a judge in the Licking County Municipal Court at any time. Also, if a person is found guilty of an offense they can appeal their case to the Licking County Municipal Court for a re-trial.
To pay your fines please click here
Maximum Penalties for Offenses:
Minor Misdemeanor: $150.00 fine
Misdemeanor 4th Degree: $250.00 fine and/or 30 days in jail
Misdemeanor 3rd Degree: $500.00 fine and/or 60 days in jail
Misdemeanor 2nd Degree: $750.00 fine and/or 90 days in jail
Misdemeanor 1st Degree: $1,000.00 fine and/or 180 days in jail
Unclassified Misdemeanor: $1,000 fine/ up to 500 hours of community service