|Small Claims Magistrate||330-375-2285|
|Case Auditor's Office||330-375-2059|
|Service Bailiff's Office||330-375-2592|
The Court Administrator's Office handles many day-to-day administrative tasks and assists the judges in planning, developing, and implementing new or improved administrative procedures. Other functions performed by this office are budget preparation, personnel administration, data processing and public relations.
The judges are assisted by magistrates who hear traffic arraignments, traffic trials, small claim suits, landlord-tenant cases, garnishments, replevin, revivor and mandatory orders. The magistrates are attorneys appointed by the judges to gather the evidence and report their findings in written form. The use of magistrates gives special and immediate attention to these types of cases.
Traffic Court is presided over by a full-time magistrate who is appointed by the judges. The role of Traffic Court is to hear traffic arraignments, minor misdemeanor traffic trials and driver's license appeal hearings.
The staff of the Probation Office conducts pre-sentence investigations to assist the judges in the determination of appropriate sentences. The probation officers also supervise offenders who remain in the community under the jurisdiction of the court. This department administers alternative sentencing programs to supplement traditional penalties. Voluntary community service, for example, can serve as an alternative to incarceration and/or payment of fines in appropriate cases. Restitution to victims of crimes also is accomplished through the Probation Department.
The Case Auditor's Office performs several important administrative support functions. This office is responsible for the Supreme Court of Ohio Report and for supervising the random assignments of cases by lot to an individual judge when a criminal defendant enters a plea of not guilty or when a civil plaintiff or defendant files an answer or motion in a civil action. The office prepares and distributes case scheduling notices and daily calendars and, by special request, will schedule marriage ceremonies before the judges of the court. The office also serves as a central information point where case status information can easily be obtained.
The Service Bailiffs' Office is responsible for personally serving court papers on persons involved in civil actions, including eviction writs, garnishments, attachments, and judgment executions. This office helps parties enforce judgments that have been lawfully decided by the court.
The Law Library provides legal reference material for judges, magistrates, attorneys and litigants. The Library has reference material in book form and on CD-ROM as well as access to specialized legal databases on the Internet. Opinions from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ohio Supreme Court and the 9th District Court of Appeals become available in the Library as soon as they are handed down, ensuring that decisions from the court are based on current law.
The Data Processing Department provides computer services and support for the municipal court. Information on criminal, traffic and civil cases, as well as parking violations is available twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week. Computer equipment management, programming services, report generation, statistical analysis and computer training are among many of the services provided by the department. Information from the Akron Municipal Court Information System not only supports the everyday workings of the court, but is also used by the Akron Police Department, the Law Department, Oriana House and the Health Department.