Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Chillicothe Municipal Court is implementing the following procedures:
1) The Court's hours of operation are changed to 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. These times and days are subject to change and will be updated on our website.
2) Any person who is not required to appear in this Court will be prohibited from attending court proceedings until further notice. If you are required to appear in Court or are called as a juror, and are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, have a fever, are coughing or sneezing, please contact the Court or your attorney before appearing. The Court will make reasonable accommodations and reschedule appearances and hearings as needed.
3) Persons needing to make cash payments will be directed to use the drive up window. You must remain in your vehicle to use the window; no one is permitted to walk into the drive up window area. Payments that can be made by check or money order should be sent via regular U.S. mail, or dropped off at the drive up window. Payments that can be made by credit card or bank debit should be made utilizing the Online Payment service described below.
4) The Court reserves the right to deny entrance to any persons who are exhibiting any symptoms of illness or to require persons to wear a mask or to take other precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus or other infectious diseases.
Suggested Filing & Payment Methods:
Online Payments: Some persons who have received a criminal or traffic ticket can pay or make payments online. For more information on this option, click on the “Make a Payment” button listed below or contact the Clerk’s office during regular business hours at 740-773-3515.
Facsimile Filings: Attorneys or parties who are not represented by an attorney are encouraged to file pleadings, motions, praecipes, and other documents by facsimile at 740-774-1101. There are some exceptions which are found Local Rule I.12, and include a) documents that require a pre-paid filing fee; b) criminal or traffic complaints; and c) any document in excess of 20 pages.
Drive Up Window: The Court will activate its drive up window during the hours of 9:00 am and 3:30 pm. Persons using the drive up window must be in or on a motorized vehicle for their safety. This window may be used for the following purposes: a) payments of fines or costs, including criminal and traffic cases where a person can waive his or her appearance or a person has established a payment plan; b) filing of all documents in civil cases; and c) retrieval of documents that would otherwise be held for pick up by attorneys (typically placed in the attorney notice boxes). The Clerk may exercise discretion in accepting other documents or payments that are not listed herein. In addition, the Clerk may exercise discretion in the return of file-stamped copies and can return them at the time of filing, by regular U.S. mail, or by pick up by the party the following business day.
U.S. Mail or Private Carrier: The Court accepts filings of all documents by regular U.S. mail or by private carrier in accordance with its normal practices.
Lobby Filings: Persons are encouraged to use any of the above methods to file documents or pay fines or fees with the Court. However, the Court understands that many matters are time sensitive. With respect to filing new cases, persons are encouraged to delay filing that case if time is not of the essence. If a person must appear at the Court to file a document, the Clerk’s office will be open to accept filings during the hours identified above. (Again, the Court reserves the right to deny entrance or require precautionary measures of persons who may exhibit symptoms of the coronavirus or other infectious diseases.)
There WILL NOT be a jury trial in Chillicothe Municipal Court on TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020. All jurors with a report date of TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020, do not need to report to court and are released from this term of service.
The Court is located at 95 East Main Street at the intersection of Main and Mulberry Streets. Please see our Map and Directions Page for more information.
There is limited parking in the Court parking lot. Please enter the lot from Mulberry Street. On-street parking is also available on Main Street and Mulberry Street adjacent to the Court.
If you have questions, please refer to the Juror FAQ.