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Cleveland Municipal Court Offers City Tax Dispute Resolution Online

Dec 29, 2017
Contact:  Ed Ferenc, Public Information Officer                                  
Cleveland Municipal Court
216 664 6787 / 216 789 2597

(Cleveland) – Until today, anyone who was part of a city tax dispute in the City of Cleveland had to come to court to resolve their matter. That option will remain. However, starting today, people can now participate in city tax legal proceedings from their personal computer, tablet, or mobile phone. People can now address their city tax matters 24-7, from anywhere.

This online city tax option is part of Administrative and Presiding Judge Ronald B. Adrine’s larger vision of a paperless, accessible court for Cleveland. Other projects have included the implementation of the Arnold Foundation’s  Public Safety Assessment (PSA) tool and coordinating a Pre-Trial Services Department at the Court.

This system, Matterhorn by Court Innovations, allows people to communicate with other parties in the proceeding, including court staff and mediators, from anywhere on any device. When the parties reach an agreement, they can sign the agreement digitally online and then the system files their agreement with the court.

Cleveland Municipal Court is the second court in the nation to use Matterhorn by Court Innovations for city tax disputes, and Ohio has both of these leading courts. The Franklin County Municipal Court was the first court to use the platform. Matterhorn expands public access to the court and results in efficiencies for court staff that save the public and court staff time and money.

According to Judge Adrine, “We’re excited to extend our courthouse online with this option. The Matterhorn platform has been simple to start, and we’re excited to see the results and the reception.”

MJ Cartwright, CEO of Court Innovations, agrees, “With this launch, the Cleveland Municipal Court extends their reach online and streamlines court process. We love working with forward-thinking courts such as Cleveland to expand access to justice in their communities.”

Click here to visit the court’s online dispute resolution site 

Court Innovations is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Its product Matterhorn allows courts to handle many high-volume infractions completely online, saving citizens and courts time and money. Matterhorn is in over 30 courts in Michigan, Ohio, Arkansas, and Texas and has helped courts and citizens resolve over 25,000 tickets and disputes online. For more information, visit

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