Welcome to the Elyria Municipal Court website. The Elyria Municipal Court was established in 1955 by the Ohio State Legislature. At the time, the Elyria Municipal Court was a single judge court until the 1970’s when the court expanded to two judges.


The Elyria Municipal Court district serves the cities of Elyria and North Ridgeville, the villages of Grafton and Lagrange; and the townships of Carlisle, Columbia, Eaton, Elyria, Grafton, and Lagrange. According to the 2000 Federal Census, the Elyria Municipal Court District serves over 118,000 citizens.

Present Day

Today,  the Elyria Municipal Court has two elected judges and one elected municipal court clerk. The court tries all misdemeanors, ordinance violations and traffic cases occurring within any of the above listed jurisdictions, civil cases (where $15,000 or less is in controversy), and small claim complaints (where $3000 or less is in controversy). Felony cases are heard for determination of probable cause prior to being bound over to the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.

The Elyria Municipal Court handles over 20,000 new cases yearly, making it one of the busiest local municipal courts in Ohio almost 125,000 persons visit the court house building annually.

The hours of operation for the court are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding federal holidays. Please see our calendar for the current schedule. Also, watch the video "Know your Rights" before you come to court.

Thank you for visiting the Elyria Municipal Court website. If you cannot find something on our website or if you have a suggestion how we can better serve you, please feel free to contact the Elyria Municipal Court Clerk, Eric J. Rothgery’s office at 440.326.1800