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MAYOR’S COURT CLOSED DUE TO THE ONGOING ISSUE WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS.
IF YOUR CASE WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 19, OR MARCH 26, AND THEN RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 23, OR APRIL 30, IT HAS BEEN AGAIN RESCHEDULED FOR EITHER JUNE 19, OR JUNE 26.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR CASE OR THE STATUS OF YOUR CASE, PLEASE CONTACT JESS CUMBO (ACTING DEPUTY CLERK) AT 740-927-2021 AND LEAVE AND MESSAGE WITH YOUR PHONE NUMBER. YOU WILL RECEIVE A CALL BACK WITH YOUR NEW COURT DATE.
Traffic Violations & Misdemeanor Cases
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. Promptness and appropriate dress are required. Citations for traffic violations may be paid online, by mail or paid in person to the Clerk of Court prior to, or on the day of the court appearance.
Potential Court Penalties
Failure to appear for court on the appropriate date may 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 scheduled 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 one week without penalty. Failure to appear for any scheduled hearing may 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.
The City of Pataskala’s Mayor’s Court Magistrate
Mayor’s Court is held before a Magistrate, who is an attorney. Pataskala’s Mayors Court Magistrate is Charles (Kip) Kelsey. Magistrate Kelsey has been serving the Pataskala’s Mayor’s Court since March 2007. He has practiced law since 1975 following his graduation from Denison University and the Syracuse College of Law. Magistrate Kelsey previously served as a prosecutor for Franklin County and was a defense attorney in private practice. Magistrate Kelsey’s previous professional experience makes him well suited to preside over the Pataskala Mayor’s Court in a fair and impartial manner.
Mayor’s Court does not hold Jury Trials. 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.
Additional Mayor’s Court Information
Directions & Hours of Operation
City of Pataskala’s Municipal Building located at:
621 West Broad Street
Pataskala, Ohio 43062
Monday – Friday 8 A.M. – 4 P.M. (Expect Holidays). Thursday: Office is closed after 12:30 P.M. Court begins at 1:00 P.M.
If you have any questions related to the City of Pataskala Mayor’s Court, please contact:
Mayor’s Court Clerk
621 West Broad Street
Pataskala, Ohio 43062
The Prosecutor for the City of Pataskala is Andy Yosowitz.
Prosecutor for the City of Pataskala
Issac, Wiles, Burkholder & Teetor
2 Miranova Place, Suite 700
Columbus, Ohio 43215