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  1. Can I change my Court date?
  1. Is there a warrant out for my arrest?
  1. When am I scheduled for court?
  1. When is a prisoner going to Court
  1. What is the disposition of a case?
  1. Do we have service on a civil case?
  1. What is the filing fee?
  1. How much is my traffic citation?
  1. My jail date is coming up can I have an extension?
  1. Can I speak to the Judge?
  1. Does the Judge perform marriages?
  1. What kind of payments do you accept?
  1. How can I contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles?
  1. What is the phone number for the Finday License Bureau
  1. What is the phone number for the Findlay County Public Defenders Office?
  1. I was served a subpoena, what should I do?
  1. What is the balance on my back fines?
  1. What is the phone number for the Hancock County Court of Common Pleas
  1. How can I obtain driving privileges?
  1. I didnít have insurance at the time of my citation is it too late for me to purchase it?
  1. I have a default hearing scheduled. Do I have to appear?
  1. Do I have to obtain an attorney?
  1. Can I file by own eviction?
  1. I posted the bond for someone can I have it back?
  1. I won my small claims. Why canít the Court make the Defendant pay?

Can I change my Court date?

If you are scheduled for traffic court, we grant a one (1) or two (2) week continuance in writing only. If you need more than one (1) or two (2) week, you are to come to the office or fax in a req. for the judge.

If you are scheduled for a Pre-trial or trial, the court rule is that the request must be in writing and at least three (3) days in advance. The continuance requested is then given to the Judge and he will grant it or deny the motion.

Civil - all continuances must be put in writing and approved by the Judge prior to the hearing date. The continuance request is then given to the Judge and he will grant it or deny the motion.

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Is there a warrant out for my arrest?

If you call and ask us we will tell you whether there is one or not. We will not recall it until you appear either voluntarily or arrested by the arresting agency.

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When am I scheduled for Court?

We will give you this information over the phone, but you can also look it up on our web site. If you call the office, we need your name, SSN, or Case No.

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When is a prisoner going to Court?

Prisoners are usually seen on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. and on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. We try our best to give an approximate time, however, due to updates and unpredicatable schedule conflicts the court reserves the right to change these times without notice.

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What is the disposition of a case?

Since it is public information, we will give you the information over the phone. You can also look it up on the web site and we do have a public terminal. However we do not do background checks over the phone.

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Do we have service on a civil case?

If an attorneyís office calls with a case number, we will give you the information. You can look this up on our Web site also.

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What is the filing fee?

All fees are posted on the Web, but we will also give you this information over the phone.

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How much is my traffic citation?

This information is also posted on the Web. If you can not find the information about your citation, contact the Municipal Court at (419)424-7141.

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My jail date is coming up can I have an extension?

You must put your request in writing explaining why. It will be submitted to the judge.

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Can I speak to the Judge?

Everyone wants to speak to the Judge. He cannot speak to you about any case that is pending in the Court. If you would like the Judge to know something, that information must be put in writing. Our staff will process the paperwork and give it to the Judge to review. You may also come to the court and fill out a blank motion for the Judge to review and render a decision on.

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Does the Judge perform marriages?

Yes, our Judges will perform a marriage. You must call ahead and make an appointment. Please make sure that you obtain a marriage license which can be obtained at the Hancock County Probate Court. If you come without any witnesses someone from the office will witness the ceremony. Weddings are scheduled on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays as our schedule allows.

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What kind of payments do you accept?

We prefer cash, but we do accept money orders, bank checks, personal checks from a local bank, and credit cards (Visa and MasterCard). We only accept credit cards at the clerkís window.

If you pay for a citation, pay on a fine or post bond at the police department, they accept cash, money orders, bank checks, and personal checks from a local bank.

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How can I contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles?

The phone numbers and address are:

Toledo Area

4400 Heatherdowns Blvd.

Toledo, Oh 43614

Columbus (Main Office)

1583 Alum Creek Drive

Columbus, Oh 43209

614-752-7600

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What is the phone number for the Findlay License Bureau?

The license bureaus number is (419) 425-3313. There address is County Road 140, Findlay, Ohio 45840

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What is the phone number for the Hancock County Public Defenders office?

Their phone number is (419) 424-7276.

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I was served with a subpoena, what should I do?

If the bailiff served you with a subpoena, and you have questions about it, please contact the Law Director, (419) 424-7139. That is the office that said they needed you for a particular case. We only do the paper work and we do not have any information about the case.

Civil Subpoena - you may contact the attorney's office who issued the subpoena for more details.

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What is the balance on my back fines?

We will give you this information; we just need your name and SSN. The balance we give you will be total of all fines and court costs owing.

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What is the phone number for the Hancock County Court of Common Pleas?

Their number is (419) 424-7037.

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How can I obtain driving privileges?

To obtain driving privileges, we need some information from you. Also the Judge cannot always grant driving privileges. If you are eligible, make sure you have proof of insurance, employment, school, doctorís appointments or any other necessity that you would need to drive to. Please put all of this information in writing.

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I didnít have insurance at the time of my citation is it too late for me to purchase it?

It would be too late if you already received a citation. You will get your license suspended for 90 days on your first offense. You do need to purchase it. In Ohio all drivers are supposed to be insured. When you renew your license the license bureau has you sign a document saying you have insurance.

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I have a default hearing scheduled. Do I have to appear?

All cases scheduled for a hearing require appearance by all parties. We do suggest you contact the attorney and try to make arrangements if you owe the money. Once the Judge signs a judgment the plaintiff will try and collect the money, by garnishing your wages, attaching your bank account or putting a lien on your property. If you deny you owe the amount or the claim altogether put this in writing within 28 days of receiving your civil summons and send us the original, a copy to the attorney and keep a copy for yourself. This case will then be set for Pre-trial.

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Do I have to obtain an attorney?

You are constitutionally guaranteed the right to represent yourself in court. You cannot represent another person or business entity unless you are an attorney. If you choose to represent yourself you will be expected to present yourself and your case within the Rules established by the Court and the law. The Clerkís office cannot give you legal advice, and the Judges and Magistrates cannot give you legal advice. If you have any questions, you should contact an attorney.

In a criminal/traffic case you may request the Hancock County Public Defenders Office to represent you (only in certain cases). We have indigency forms here at the office. You must fill it out answering all questions, on the total income of the household. The Judge will then look it over to see whether or not you qualify for a public defender. Please do this on your arraignment date.

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Can I file my own eviction?

Yes, if you know the proper procedures. The deputy clerks cannot give you any legal advice.

There are no forms available from the Clerkís Office for this procedure.

This type of complaint is filed by a landlord (or their attorney) against tenants who have failed to keep their rent current. It may also be filed due to a violation of the lease.

†Eviction complaints usually have two causes of action Ė the first cause is for the restitution (return) of the premises, and the second cause is for the past due rent and any damages that may have been made to the premises. An individual has twenty-eight (28) days to answer the second cause of action in the same manner as in a civil complaint.

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I posted the bond for someone can I have it back?

All 10% bonds are in the defendantís name. You are told that at the time it is posted. When the case is over, the bond will be returned less 10% and the check will be in the defendantís name. The judge does order some bonds to be applied to the fine.

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I won my small claims. Why canít the Court make the Defendant pay?

The Court cannot make the defendant pay you. The role of the Court is to determine whether or not you are entitled to the money for which you sued. If the defendant does not pay the judgment, the court will give you the information about your options on how to collect your money. There are additional fees for each type of collection. The extra costs do get added to your judgment.

You may also obtain the collection information from this website in the Civil Department section.

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