Municipal Court

Mansfield Municipal Court has jurisdiction over all of Richland County, with the exception of Shelby, Shiloh, Plymouth (Richland County), and six Northern Townships. The Court handles traffic, misdemeanor criminal, and civil cases. Judge Jerry Ault is currently the Presiding and Administrative Judge and was sworn into office on January 1, 2000. Judge Frank Ardis, Jr. was sworn to the bench on January 25, 2010. The Administrative and Presiding Judgeships alternate yearly.

Judge Ardis has brought innovative ideas to the Court, such as mediation utilized by him and Judge Ault. Judges Ault and Ardis conduct Specialized Dockets in drug and alcohol cases, domestic violence cases, mental health cases, and veterans cases. Judge Ault initiated the mental health docket, domestic violence docket, and the Veterans Court.

Magistrate John McCollister and Magistrate Lore Whitney were appointed as Court Magistrates by Judges Ault and Ardis. The Magistrates handle traffic, civil cases, evictions, and small claims cases. The Magistrates also conduct criminal and traffic arraignments.

The Judges and Magistrates work closely together in an effort to ensure fair and even-handed justice. Judge Ardis and Judge Ault, as well as Magistrate McCollister and Magistrate Whitney, encourage the public to come view Court sessions.

Public Access – Court Records

Public Access – Court Schedule

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