Mayor’s courts caseloads in Ohio fall to new low

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The number of traffic and misdemeanor cases being heard in mayor’s courts around Ohio is at a new low.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/14ue6to ) reports that the overall caseload fell last year to its lowest point since the state began tracking the number of cases in 2004.

Mayor’s courts dealt with close to 288,000 cases last year. That marks a 3 percent drop from the year before.

Officials with the Ohio Supreme Court wouldn’t speculate on the reasons behind the decline statewide.

The busiest courts are in the Cincinnati suburb of Reading and in Willoughby Hills outside of Cleveland.

Most of the mayor’s courts in Ohio are in communities with less than 5,000 residents. A new state law requires a population of at least 201 to operate a mayor’s court.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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