Bellevue Municipal Court
3000 Seneca Industrial Parkway
Bellevue OH 44811
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Closed Weekends and Holidays
The Bellevue Municipal Court is located in the city of Bellevue, right next to the Bellevue Police Department, at 3000 Seneca Industrial Parkway, Bellevue, Ohio, 44811.
The Bellevue Municipal Court has geographic jurisdiction of cases occurring or arising in the city of Bellevue and Lyme & Sherman Townships in Huron County and York Township in Sandusky County and we also have a small portion of Erie County. The Bellevue Municipal Court has subject matter jurisdiction over misdemeanor cases; traffic cases; limited proceedings in felony cases; civil cases where the amount in controversy does not exceed $15,000.00; and small claims cases where the amount in controversy does not exceed $3,000.00. Civil marriages can also be performed by Judge Thomas L. Aigler.
Misdemeanor cases are criminal cases where the penalty does not exceed one year in jail and/or a fine in excess of $1,000.00 with some limited exceptions. Examples of misdemeanor cases are domestic violence, assault, petty theft, criminal damaging, menacing, and stalking.
Felony cases, such as murder, robbery, grand theft, etc. may be heard at the preliminary hearing level in the Bellevue Municipal Court. If the prosecutor chooses to file felony charges with the Court rather than filing the case directly with the Huron, Sandusky, or Erie County Grand Jury, the defendant appears before the Bellevue Municipal Court to have bail set and to demand or waive a preliminary hearing. The purpose of the preliminary hearing is to determine whether probable cause exists to charge the defendant with the felony offense. If the defendant waives his right to a preliminary hearing or if probable cause is found at the hearing, the felony case is transferred to the Huron County, Sandusky County, or Erie County Common Pleas Courts for further proceedings.
Traffic cases from the City of Bellevue, Huron, Sandusky, and Erie County Sheriff’s Offices, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol in the geographic jurisdiction of the Bellevue Municipal Court are heard by the Court. In some cases, a person who receives a traffic ticket may plead guilty and pay the fine without coming to Court. This is called “waiving” the ticket. Persons who wish to plead not guilty or no contest with an explanation must appear in Court before the Judge.
Civil cases are limited to $15,000.00. If the amount of money being sought by either party exceeds $15,000.00, the case may be dismissed or transferred to the Huron, Sandusky, or Erie County Common Pleas Courts.
Small Claims are civil claims for money damages only and may not exceed $3,000.00. The Small Claims Court is designed to be a quick and inexpensive way of resolving civil claims, often without hiring an attorney, although any party may be represented by an attorney if they like.