Traffic Court is staffed by a full-time magistrate, bailiff, traffic safety officer and traffic clerk. The magistrate in Traffic Court hears traffic arraignments, minor misdemeanor traffic trials and driving privilege hearings.
COVID-19 Traffic Court Policies - Effective June 2020
Due to the COVID pandemic, our operating hours and procedures have changed. Traffic Court will be in morning session Monday-Friday at 9 a.m. on the mezzanine level of the building. If your citation has the time of 1 pm, you should attend court at 9 am on your scheduled date. Until further notice, the 1 pm traffic court session is for trials, only.
Please arrive timely for the 9 am session, as upon entry, you will be subjected to a health screening. The court will limit the number of persons allowed in the building for Traffic Court to maintain proper social distancing. Face coverings are required.
Only mandatory appearances or persons with cases that appear on the daily traffic docket will be permitted in the building for court. The Traffic Court is offering video conferencing for eligible appearances. If you would like more information, please file a Motion to Request a video conference and complete the Traffic Court Contact Information Update Form which is available on our website and forward these documents to the Court.
Waivers may be paid in full on line or you may contact the clerk’s office at 330-375-2572 to establish a payment plan.
Walk-ins are suspended. If you have any traffic court issue that you would like addressed, but you do not have a scheduled court date, please file a Motion and the court will respond. If you are interested in a video conference, please state that in your Motion. There is a blank motion available on the court’s website.
All Motions can be faxed to the Clerk’s Office at 330-375-2024 or you may mail the Motion to the Clerk’s Office at 217 S. High Street, Akron, OH 44308. Please include your current contact information.
Traffic Court Trials will be heard in person. Please report to the Traffic Court, Room 806 on your trial date.
Parking hearings will be heard via zoom hearing. Notice will mailed and emailed with instructions.
Driving privileges will be handled by mail.
Questions regarding the status of your driver’s license may be directed to the Ohio BMV at 1-844-644-6268.
This is the most up to date information but changes may occur without advance notice. Please check the court’s website or facebook page for the most up to date information.
New Traffic Court Policies - Effective April 2019
- Traffic Court does not allow continuances to be granted over the phone. If a party desires a continuance, they must file a motion.
- Traffic Court’s cutoff time for check-in is 9:15 a.m. for the morning session and 1:15 p.m. for the afternoon session.
What to Do If You Received a Traffic Ticket
Persons who receive a traffic ticket may plead guilty and pay the citation without a court appearance unless a court appearance is marked by the officer on the ticket. If you are permitted to pay without an appearance, you can see the fine amount, including costs, here. Visit the Traffic Waiver Costs portion of our website if you wish to view costs.
Tickets may be paid online with a Visa or MasterCard, by mail or in person at the Traffic Violations Bureau located in the Lobby (1st Floor) of the Harold K. Stubbs Justice Center. Persons who wish to plead not guilty to the charge(s) or plead guilty or no contest and explain the circumstances, should appear in Court on the date of appearance as indicated on the citation. You also need to appear in Court if you wish to have a payment plan or to perform community service in lieu of paying a fine. Failure to appear may result in a forfeiture of your driver’s license. Please dress appropriately or you may be ordered to return at a later date in more appropriate clothes.
Court is in session at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. When coming to Court, you will go to Courtroom 806 on the 8th Floor and check the list of cases scheduled for that day to verify that your name is on the list. If it is, have a seat and wait. If it is not, go to the Clerk’s Office, Traffic Division, Room 742 on the 7th Floor to request your file be sent up to the Court and then go back up to the Courtroom and have a seat.
Changes must be requested and then granted on a case by case basis. If you wish to make any changes to the terms of your sentence, including changes to probation or house arrest, or changes in your payment arrangements, you must appear before the Magistrate to request these changes. Please note that if you wish to change your payment arrangements from community service to a payment plan, you must make a payment that day.
If you are notified that you received a camera ticket, any questions and/or payments should be addressed to:
American Traffic Solutions
PO Box 742503
Cincinnati, Ohio 45274-2503
Or call 866.790.4111.