First Appearance

All traffic and misdemeanor criminal cases are arraigned on the third floor of the Justice Center, 1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

The traffic arraignment dockets are presided over by magistrates.  If you have a traffic case, your case will either be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 3-B or at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 3-B or 3-C, depending on the first initial of your last name.  One of the most important aspects of arraignment is to know your constitutional rights before entering a plea.

If you have been charged with driving under suspension or no driver’s license, you may be eligible to participate in the Traffic Intervention Program (TIP). We have employees in the court who have been trained to assist people in obtaining a valid license if their license has been suspended, forfeited, or if they never had a license.

The misdemeanor arraignments and felony preliminary hearings are presided over by judges. If you have a misdemeanor case, your arraignment will be held in Courtroom 3-C at 8:30 a.m.  If you have a felony preliminary hearing, your case will be heard in Courtroom 3-D at 8:30 a.m.

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