Criminal Justice Links
The State Court System
- Ohio Supreme Court -- The court of last resort in Ohio. Most of its cases are appeals from the 12 district courts of appeals. The Supreme Court also has appellate jurisdiction in cases involving questions arising under the Ohio or United States Constitutions. The Supreme Court hears all cases in which the death penalty has been imposed.
- 8th District Ohio Court of Appeals -- Reviews cases from Common Pleas and Municipal Courts in Cuyahoga County.
- Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Courts – The General Division hears all felony criminal cases as well as civil cases where damages might exceed $15,000.
- Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court -- Has jurisdiction over many juvenile-related matters, including delinquency, unruly and traffic charges, dependency, abuse and neglect allegations, and certain custody, visitation and child support matters.
Municipal courts hear traffic and misdemeanor cases and civil cases for damages less than $15,000. There are 13 municipal courts in Cuyahoga County:
- Cleveland (also serves Bratenahl)
- Bedford (also serves Bedford Heights, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Chagrin Falls Township, Glenwillow, Highland Hills, Moreland Hills, North Randall, Oakwood, Orange, Solon, Warrensville Heights and Woodmere)
- Berea (also serves Brook Park, Middleburg Heights, Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township and Strongsville)
- Cleveland Heights
- East Cleveland
- Garfield Heights (also serves Brecksville, Cuyahoga Heights, Independence, Maple Heights, Newburgh Heights, Valley View and Walton Hills)
- Lyndhurst (also serves Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village and Richmond Heights)
- Parma (also serves Broadview Heights, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Linndale, North Royalton, Parma Heights and Seven Hills)
- Rocky River (also serves Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted and Westlake) http://rrcourt.net/ Shaker Heights (also serves Beachwood, Hunting Valley, Pepper Pike and University Heights)
- Shaker Heights (also serves Beachwood, Hunting Valley, Pepper Pike, and University Heights)
- South Euclid
Local Law Enforcement Agencies
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