Initial Appearance in Municipal Court
This is the first time the defendant goes before a judge. Bond will be set. For cases originating in the city of Cleveland, this takes place in the 3rd floor of the Justice Center.
Waive Preliminary Hearing?
Defendants who choose to waive the Preliminary Hearing are bound over to Grand Jury.
Preliminary Hearing in Municipal Court
The judge decides if there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. Bond will be continued or set. Failure to appear at the Preliminary Hearing will result in a warrant being issued.
a case is bound over, jurisdiction shifts from the municipal court to
the Court of Common Pleas which is at the County level.
- If the defendant is in jail, bond investigation takes place at this point.
Decides if there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed.
The formal accusation that lists the charges and describes the offense.
Copies are available at the County Clerk of Courts Office on the 2nd
floor of the Justice Center.
If the defendant is NOT in jail, bond investigation takes place at this point.
plea is taken, an attorney is appointed, and a judge is assigned to the
case. Bond will be continued or set. Failure to appear at the
arraignment will result in a warrant being issued.
A plea bargain may take place, avoiding a trial.
image below depicts the course of events a defendant would follow in the
event that one is accused of committing a crime. More information
pertaining to various steps is located on the right with matching