The Mayor's Court Clerk of Courts Office can help you with the following information:

  • Understanding how the court works
  • Help you reschedule court dates
  • Help direct you to other agencies that can provide further assistance, if needed (ex. Bureau of Motor Vehicles)
  • Directions to the court
  • Information about your case
  • Answer questions about monies owed to the court
  • Record Sealing

The Mayor's Court Clerk of Courts Office Cannot:

  • Give you legal advice
  • Fill out forms for you
  • Tell you what you should say or write
  • Tell you how you should plead your case
  • Tell you how the Magistrate may rule in your particular case

What forms of payment are accepted?

The Monroe Mayor's Court accepts the following as forms of payment:  Cash, Money Order, Personal or Company Check, Visa, and Master Card.  Credit card payments are accepted over the telephone at no additional charge.  We will send you a receipt either by e-mail, mail or fax.  Please DO NOT mail cash. 

What is a "Payout”?

A payout is a minor misdemeanor that carries a fine that can be paid without making a court appearance.  The fine is paid to the Violations Bureau of the court.  If you choose to make a court appearance, the payout amount no longer applies.  The Magistrate will determine the fine amount and court costs will be added to that amount. 

I am not able to appear in Court on the date I have been scheduled, what can I do?

You may obtain a continuance by signing a Time Waiver and your case will be continued until the next court date.  Continuances are not given on the day of court.  Please contact Rebecca Rosenbalm, Clerk, at 513-539-6201 for a continuance or further information.

My citation is a payout, but I won't have the money to pay by the court date, what can I do?

You may obtain a continuance by signing a Time Waiver and your case will be continued until the next court date.  Continuances are not given on the day of court.  Please contact Rebecca Rosenbalm, Clerk, at 513-539-6201 for a continuance or further information.

When I appear in Court, I may not have enough money to pay the fine and court costs in full, what can I do?

You may get time to pay your fines and court costs.  We do ask that you pay something on the day of court.  If you do not have any amount to pay on the fine on the day of court, your total due will increase by a fee of $10.00.  We will place you on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly plan that you set up with the Clerk.  Failure to adhere to the Payment Agreement or Failure to Pay can result in a warrant for your arrest and/or the suspension or your driving privileges and a block against your registration privileges.

 I missed my Court date, what can I do?

If you have missed one court date and do not have a signed court granted continuance on file, a $10.00 penalty will be added to the cost of your fines and costs, and a notice of a new court date will be mailed to the address on file with the court.  If you have missed two court dates, a warrant will be issued for your arrest and a $50.00 penalty will be added to the fines and costs.  If you have a bench warrant it is possible that a block against your registration privileges has taken place, or a suspension against your driving privileges.  Please contact Rebecca Rosenbalm, Clerk, at 513-539-6201 for more information on a specific case.   

Will I get points on my license?

Most moving violations carry 2 points, other violations such as Reckless Operation or Driving Under Suspension can carry 4 or 6 points.  These points are reported to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

I did not have my proof of insurance with me at the time of the citation, what can I do?

If you did not have your proof of insurance with you on the date of the citation, proof must be shown to the Clerk of Courts either when paying the citation or appearing in Court.  Your insurance must be in effect at the time of your citation and must be for the vehicle in question.  You may mail a copy of your insurance card with your citation and payment or you may fax your proof of insurance to 513-360-2218, ATTN: Rebecca Rosenbalm, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. it to the court.

I did not have valid insurance in effect at the time of the citation, what happens now?

The court must report that there was no insurance in effect at the time of the citation to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).  The BMV will place a suspension against your driver's license for a period of 90 days to 2 years depending on prior offenses for driving without insurance.  Please visit the BMV website at www.bmv.ohio.gov for further information or contact Rebecca Rosenbalm, Clerk at 513-539-6201.

What degrees of offenses can the Monroe Mayor's Court hear?

  • Minor Misdemeanor (MM)- No jail time- maximum fine of $150 + costs
  • Fourth degree Misdemeanor (M4) - Jail time of up to 30 days - maximum fine of $250 + costs
  • Third degree Misdemeanor (M3) - Jail time of up to 60 days - maximum fine of $500 + costs
  • Second degree Misdemeanor (M2) - Jail time of up to 90 days - maximum fine of $750 + costs
  • First degree Misdemeanor (M1) - Jail time of up to 180 days - maximum fine of $1000 + costs