The Stow Municipal Court, located at 4400 Courthouse Drive in Stow, serves approximately
185,000 people in Cuyahoga Falls, Stow, Hudson, Twinsburg, Twinsburg
Township, Tallmadge, Macedonia, Munroe Falls, Northfield Village, Northfield
Center Township, Silver Lake, Reminderville, Peninsula, Boston Heights,
Boston Township and Sagamore Hills. The court district’s population makes
this municipal court the seventh largest in the state… and growing. We are
larger than the Dayton, Youngstown and Mansfield Courts, for example.
Two Judges elected to six-year terms serve the Court. Judge Lisa Coates and
Judge Kim Hoover are the current judges. Magistrates serve as employees
of the Judges to handle matters assigned to them to efficiently handle the
more than 30,000 cases before the Court annually. Currently one of these positions
is filled by Magistrate John Clark.
The Court handles misdemeanor cases (felonies are “bound over” to the Summit
County Grand Jury) and civil cases where $15,000 or less is in controversy.
A Small Claims Court is also part of the Municipal Court’s function for
quickly resolving matters involving claims of $3,000 or less.
The Judges oversee the other departments of the Court. The Community Control
Office supervises probationers, the Bailiff’s Station helps implement the
Judges’ orders, and the Case Management Office tracks and schedules all
cases that come before the Court. The Administrative Office supervises the
people and operations of the Court.
The Clerk of Courts Office is run by a separately elected official, Diana Colavecchio who is the keeper of the Court’s records and handles all monies that
are paid in by the users of the Court (millions of dollars annually). The
Clerk’s offices are across to the right of the main doors as you exit the security check point on the first floor.
The Judges are responsible for all aspects of the Court including the
supervision of the employees and the adjudication of cases. Only the Judges
can sentence defendants on the more serious criminal charges and only they
can preside over jury trials. Unlike the other court employees, the Judges
receive a paycheck each month from the State and the County in addition to
their “local” pay. All other employees of the Court work for and at the
direction of the Judges. Each year one Judge is designated as “Presiding”
which comes with extra administrative duties. Generally the Judges rotate
Judge Hoover has served the court since 1995, Judge Coates since 2003.
The Judges’ courtrooms, designated as the East and West Courts, are
located on the Second Floor of the courthouse.
Judges’ Courtroom Bailiffs
The Courtroom Bailiffs work directly with their Judge both in the courtroom
and in their private offices, called “chambers”.
The Bailiff fills out some of the sentencing paperwork for the Judge, and
also delivers the files to the appropriate department. The Bailiff has the
most immediate contact with the lawyers, police, defendants, and litigants
and ensures the smooth operation of the Judge’s schedule known as the
The Courtroom Bailiffs are the Judges closest assistants and work with the
Court Secretary to make the Judges’ days efficient and pleasant. One of the
Bailiffs handles scheduling for the staff as well as other management
problems (Traci Cirullo) and another (Brian Smeenk) has a law degree,
necessary to review routine legal pleadings for the Judges.
II. Court Magistrates
There are three Magistrates’ offices and hearing rooms located on the Second
Level of the building. The one full-time Magistrate is John Clark.
The Magistrates are lawyers who are hired by the Judges to conduct traffic
arraignments and hear pre-trials in serious traffic matters (such as Drunk
Driving). They hear trials in traffic cases, handle administrative hearings
and even more serious matters assigned by the Judges.
The Magistrates handle most of the civil cases and conduct eviction,
garnishment, and other miscellaneous hearings. They are the Judges’ “right
hands” and were selected for their excellent legal skills.
III. Court Administration
The Court Administrator’s office is located within the Bailiff's Office on the first floor of the building.
Various people among the court’s personnel are responsible for extra duties
in seeing that the Court runs efficiently.
Special Project Director, Rick Klinger, oversees construction/remodeling as
well as other duties assigned by the Judges, for example overseeing
community service projects.
III. Community Control
The Community Control Offices are located on the first floor of the
building. There are currently two full-time officers: Amy Anderson and Tony
Frank. The Community Control Department is supervised by Kathy Keim.
Community Control Officers are what was formerly known as Probation
Officers. They work with defendants who have been sentenced by the Judges
and Magistrates. The Officers monitor the clients to make sure they are
adhering to their court orders (AA, Anger Management counseling, Parenting
Officers also conduct pre-sentence investigations (PSI’s) for the Judges and
Magistrates to gather more information on the defendants and/or any victims.
The Judges/Magistrates rely heavily on their opinions.
Victims’ rights are guarded by the Community Control Officers as they seek
to minimize the impact of crime on their lives.
Community Control Officers are chosen for their understanding of human
nature, their judgment, and their work ethic. Ms. Anderson is a former
Victim’s Advocate with a degree in Family and Child Development. Mr. Frank
is a former Chief of Police with a degree in Criminal Justice.
The Community Control Staffers are part of this office also.
The Community Control Staffers work closely with the Officers. Their daily
duties include: processing new cases, answering the telephone and monitoring
officers’ appointments, filing, handling mail, and maintaining computer
They process and make recommendations on expungement cases that go before
Other duties include: processing new Community Control cases, scheduling
clients’ appointments, sending delinquency letters, doing record checks for
Pre-sentence investigations, and the monthly monitoring and follow-up on
compliance by probationers with the court’s order.
These people must work quickly and develop a working relationship with all
the local law enforcement agencies to exchange information.
V. Bailiff Station
The Bailiff Station is located on the Main Level of the building in front of the elevators. The Bailiff Station serves as an information
desk for users of the court.
The Bailiff Station monitors most of the “alternative sentences” ordered by
the Judges and Magistrates, generally programs designed to keep offenders
out of the County Jail. They also determine eligibility for extensions on
time to pay fines and costs, as well as documenting limited driving
privileges for people who have had restrictions placed on their full
privileges. If defendants fail to pay fines/costs as ordered, the bailiffs
request warrants for their arrest.
Bailiffs serve in the Magistrates’ courtrooms to assist with the flow of
cases, preparing sentencing paperwork and duties as assigned, like the
Generally one person is the “outside” bailiff who serves subpoenas,
evictions, garnishments, and other court paperwork to people around the
County. Much of their time is spent “outside” the courthouse driving to
wherever these people might be found.
Another area of responsibility for the Station is overseeing the SLIP
program (Suspended License Intervention Program) which takes place every
Tuesday and Thursday afternoon in traffic court, in an effort to aid people
in regaining a valid operator’s license and avoiding convictions for driving
under suspension. These people have become experts in working with the
Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
VI. Case Management Office
The Case Management Office is located on the first floor of the building within
the Bailiff Station. It currently employs three full-time workers.
The main responsibility of Case Management is the scheduling of hearings for
the courtrooms (two Judges and three Magistrates). They assign court dates for
defendants taking into account the availability of attorneys, police,
witnesses, or others needed to resolve the case.
A computer program randomly assigns which Judge will hear each case and the
Judges assign certain types of matters to the Magistrates. These people are
experts with the Court’s computer system and work under mandates of the Ohio
Supreme Court to make sure cases are completed quickly and efficiently. The
work requires great attention to detail, computer skills, and the ability to
deal with people who can, at times, be difficult.
VII. Court Secretary
The Court Secretary is located at the Second Floor Information Desk on the second floor of the building in front of the main elevators. There is one full-time secretary.
The secretary’s primary responsibilities include answering the telephone and
typing for the Judges and Magistrates. The job is difficult to describe
because one must be able to perform many functions simultaneously. Not only
does the secretary greet and direct attorneys to the location of their
hearings, she tracks the whereabouts of the court’s personnel, serves as the
communications center, and finds ways to make the jobs of the Judges and
other users of the Court more pleasant. Our secretary is known for her
pleasing personality that calms others during their times of stress.
VIII. Security Desk
The Security Desk is at the entrance to the courthouse in the rear of the
Stow Municipal Building. There are five part-time employees who
are retired police officers with at least 20 years experience who protect
The primary concern of the security desk is the safety of all in the
building. They screen each person entering the courthouse using a
magnetometer and their police experience to ensure that no weapons pass by
them. They will confiscate any other banned items such as illegal drugs and
stay in contact with the other police officers in the building to maintain
They are the first and last people you will see during your visit to the
(330) 564-4200 · Fax (330) 564-4193
4400 Courthouse Drive
Stow, Ohio 44224
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