Blue Ash Mayor's Court
Modifications to Mayor's Court operations during the COVID-19 pandemic:
On April 18, Magistrate O'Shea issued a General Order of the court that suspends hearings and trials until at least April 22, 2020. Cases involving hearings or trials scheduled for March 25 have been continued until April 22, and cases scheduled for April 8 have been continued to May 13. Defendants with cases scheduled for these two affected dates will be notified by U.S. mail.
In-person payments or communication with court personnel have been suspended until otherwise ordered. To reach the clerk, please call (513) 745-8554 or e-mail email@example.com. Payments may still be made at www.ohioticketpayments.com/blueash or by U.S. mail.
Lastly, the Court encourages the public to follow all applicable public health guidelines as we work through this situation together.
The Blue Ash Mayor’s Court is presided over by Magistrate John O’Shea. Court is generally held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 2:00 PM, but there are exceptions. Click here for the court calendar.
At the bottom of your ticket, you will see the court to which you have been cited. The ticket will show the court’s name, the court’s address, and the date and time you must appear before the court. For questions regarding appearances in Blue Ash Mayor’s Court, please call (513) 745-8554. For questions regarding appearances in Hamilton County Municipal Court, please call (513) 946-5656. Hamilton County Juvenile Court may be reached at (513) 946-9414.
You have the right to be represented by an attorney in all proceedings in Mayor’s Court; however, you are not required to have an attorney in order to appear in Mayor’s Court. If you wish to exercise your right to an attorney but have not had an opportunity to contact one before appearing in court, you may obtain a reasonable continuance of your case in order for you to contact an attorney. If you wish to exercise your right to an attorney but cannot afford one, you may be entitled to have an attorney appointed to represent you, free of charge, if you meet certain eligibility requirements.
How can I pay my citation without appearing in Mayor’s Court?
If you were cited for a minor misdemeanor, you can pay both the fine and costs without having to come to court. You may pay your citation one of three ways:
- Online: www.ohioticketpayments.com/blueash. Your citation will be available online after 5:00 PM on the following business day. A convenience fee will be applied.
- Sign the waiver on the back of the citation and mail it with a check or money order to the Blue Ash Mayor's Court.
- In person with cash, check, money order, Visa or MasterCard at the Blue Ash Mayor's Court, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
If you do not pay the citation then you must appear in court. Failing to appear or pay the citation will result in the issuance of a warrant for your arrest, a forfeiture (cancellation) of your driver's license regardless of state of issue, and your vehicle registration being blocked from renewal.
What about proof of insurance?
If you did not have your proof of insurance with you at the time of the citation and were required by law to show proof of insurance, that proof of insurance must be shown either when you pay the citation or appear in Court. This proof of insurance must be effective as of the date of the citation. You should not pay online. Instead, you should mail proof of insurance with your payment or show proof of insurance to the clerk at the window if paying in-person.
What happens when I appear in Mayor’s Court?
As a defendant, you are entitled to be informed of the nature of the charge. If you do not understand the charge, please say so when your case is called. After being informed of the charge, you will be asked to plead either guilty, no contest or not guilty. Refer to the Mayor’s Court Operations pamphlet link below for definitions of the available pleas.
What should I do if I can’t be in court on my assigned court date?
You may obtain one continuance for a later court date. To obtain the continuance, visit the Mayor’s Court office at 4343 Cooper Road and sign a time waiver. You must seek a continuance by 4:00 PM on the day before you are scheduled to appear in court. You may also obtain a continuance by email or fax. Call 513-745-8554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What should I do if I don’t have the payout amount?
If you are unable to pay the citation in full before the court date then you must appear in court. When you appear, inform the Magistrate that you cannot pay the full amount of the fine. The Magistrate then has discretion to grant one continuance to allow you time to pay out the ticket. If the Magistrate grants you a continuance, the ticket must be paid in full before the date of your next appearance. If you do not pay in full before your next appearance, you must come to court on that date. You can pay the fine and court costs in full or you may pay a $50 minimum payment to begin a stay-to-pay payment plan. If you begin a payment plan, you will be required to either come to court once a month to make a $50 minimum monthly payment or make your payment before your scheduled court date. You can make your payment or pay the balance in full in person at the Mayor’s Court or Police window 24/7, online at www.ohioticketpayments.com/blueash, or by mail.
What happens if I miss court?
If you miss a court appearance,a warrant for your arrest will be issued. This warrant can be cancelled by either paying the citation in full or going to any police department in Hamilton County and being recited, which means you will receive a new court date.
If you fail to appear in court on the recite date, a warrant for your arrested will be issued. This warrant can be cancelled by either paying the citation in full, posting a bond, or going to jail until a special hearing can be scheduled with the court.
When you miss court, a driver’s license forfeiture and vehicle registration block will be sent to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles 30 days after your missed court date. The driver’s license forfeiture and vehicle registration block will not be released until all court-ordered fines, costs, and restitutions are paid in full.
What are the maximum possible penalties for misdemeanor charges?
Minor misdemeanor (MM) – maximum fine $150 plus costs
Fourth degree misdemeanor (M4) – maximum fine $250, plus costs, and/or up to 30 days in jail
Third degree misdemeanor (M3) – maximum fine $500, plus costs, and/or up to 60 days in jail
Second degree misdemeanor (M2) – maximum fine $750, plus costs, and/or up to 90 days in jail
First degree misdemeanor (M1) – maximum fine $1000, plus costs, and/or up to 180 days in jail
Where can I read the full text of the ordinance for which I was cited?
Violations of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Blue Ash are handled by Blue Ash Mayor's Court.
The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) governs Mayor's Court operations; however, violations of the ORC are handled by Hamilton County Municipal Court.
How can I find out how many points I have on my license?
The court does not assign points. The court reports convictions for traffic violations to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). The BMV then assigns points to the conviction pursuant to §4510.036 of the Ohio Revised Code. Most moving violations carry 2 points; however, some carry more.
You can obtain a copy of your driving record from the BMV by visiting www.bmv.ohio.gov. You can also find information about any license suspensions you may have or any money that you may owe to the BMV for reinstatement or other fees.
You may contact the BMV at (844) 644-6268.
What if I want to transfer my case to Hamilton County Municipal Court and/or have a trial by jury?
If you are charged with an offense that carries the possibility of jail time, you have the right to a jury trial and the right to an attorney.
If you wish to exercise your right to a jury trial, you must make a written demand for a jury trial not less than ten days before the trial date or on or before the third date following receipt of notice of the trial date, whichever is later. If you make a written demand for a jury trial in the time period outlined above, your case will be transferred to the Hamilton County Municipal Court in downtown Cincinnati and will be heard by a trial judge of that court. Please see the Mayor’s Court clerk to obtain the transfer form needed to transfer your case from Mayor’s Court to Hamilton County Municipal Court.
If you wish to exercise your right to an attorney but have not had an opportunity to contact one before appearing in court, you may obtain a reasonable continuance of your case in order for you to contact an attorney. If you wish to exercise your right to an attorney but cannot afford one, you may be entitled to have an attorney appointed to represent you, free of charge, if you meet certain eligibility requirements.
What if I want to appeal the decision of the magistrate?
You have the right to appeal this court’s decision to the Hamilton County Municipal Court. If you wish to appeal this court’s decision, you may obtain an appeal form from the court clerk. After you complete this form and return it to the clerk, your case will then be appealed to the Hamilton County Municipal Court and heard by a trial judge of that court. Under §1905.23 of the Ohio Revised Code, the appeal form must be returned to the court clerk within 10 calendar days of the judgment. If you are appealing this court’s decision, you should not pay any court-ordered fines, costs or restitution unless ordered by a judge or magistrate of the Hamilton County Municipal Court.
Blue Ash Mayor’s Court
4343 Cooper Road
Blue Ash, Ohio 45242
John O'Shea, Magistrate
Ashley Newell, Court Clerk
Office hours: M-F 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Mayor’s Court office window closes at 1:00 PM on court days
Closed on holidays and weekends