Mayor's Court

Office Hours:
8am – 3pm
8am – 3pm
8am – 3pm
Court is in Session
8am – 3pm

Court Personnel:
Judy Berry, Mayor

Clerk of Courts:
Karen Goaziou
435 Catawba Avenue
P.O. Box 503
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-2443
Fax: 419-285-2533

Village Assistant Prosecutor:
Nathan Manning, Esq
Manning & Manning Attorneys At Law, LLC
7064 Avon Belden Rd.
North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039
Fax: 440-353-0216

Presiding Court Magistrate:
William Pietrykowski

The Village of Put-in-Bay Mayor’s Court hears most criminal and traffic misdemeanor offenses that occur in the jurisdiction of the Village of Put-in-Bay, with the exception of offenses committed by juveniles, second offense driving under the influence and second offense driving under DUI suspension or FRA (Financial Responsibility) suspension. In addition, civil claims and domestic violence charges are matters excluded from the Mayor’s Court jurisdiction.

Pursuant to ORC 1905.05 (A) A mayor of a municipal corporation that has a mayor’s court may appoint a person as mayor’s court magistrate to hear and determine prosecutions and criminal causes in the mayor’s court that are within the jurisdiction of the mayor’s court, as set forth in section 1905.01 of the Revised Code. No person shall be appointed as a mayor’s court magistrate unless the person has been admitted to the practice of law in this state and, for a total of at least three years preceding the person’s appointment or the commencement of the person’s service as magistrate, has been engaged in the practice of law in this state or served as a judge of a court of record in any jurisdiction in the United States, or both.

Your Options

Your Options and Rights in Mayor’s Court

The court date on your ticket, assigned by the officer, is your arraignment. The purpose of an arraignment is to answer to the charge(s) against you and have you enter a plea to that charge. This is not your trial. The officer who issued the citation will not be present at your arraignment

As a defendant, when you appear in Put-in-Bay Mayor’s Court, you should know your basic rights:

  • To know the nature of the charge(s) that has been filed against you.
  • To know the identity of the person making the charge against you.
  • To see and read the complaint filed against you.
  • To have legal counsel represent you.
  • To have one continuance to obtain counsel or for some other valid reason.
  • To have a Jury Trial or Court Trial in the Ottawa County Municipal Court.

Appeal after a Trial

You have a right to appeal the ruling of this Court. That appeal must be filed within 10 days of the trial as provided by Section 1905.23 Ohio Revised Code. Court personnel can assist you with this process. Listed below you will find the Maximum Penalties for Misdemeanors:
Misdemeanor Classification Maximum Jail Term Maximum Fine
First degree  (M1) 6 months $1,000.00
Second degree  (M2) 90 days $750.00
Third degree  (M3) 60 days $500.00
Fourth degree  (M4) 30 days $250.00
Minor  (MM) No jail term $150.00
In the event that you are convicted of a Traffic Offense, a record of that conviction will be sent to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and will become a part of your driving record.

Plea Descriptions

In court, you will be required to enter one of the following pleas provided by the laws of the State of Ohio.

Not Guilty – The plea of Not Guilty indicates that you are contesting the facts as alleged in the complaint or ticket. If you plead Not Guilty on or before the court date assigned to you by the officer, your case will not be heard that day, but will be rescheduled for trial. The presiding magistrate hears all trials. Mayor’s courts cannot conduct jury trials. At your trial, the officer who issued the citation or complaint will be subpoenaed into court to testify. You may also bring witnesses to testify on your behalf.

Guilty – The plea of Guilty is a complete admission of guilt.

No Contest – The plea of No Contest is not an admission of guilt, but is an admission of the truth of the facts alleged in the complaint or ticket and such admission cannot be used against you in any subsequent civil or criminal proceedings.

Continuance Request

If you would to file a continuance request, please click here to download the Continuance Request Form. Complete form and fax to 419-285-2243. You must call the Clerk at 419-285-2443 to verify the acceptance of your continuance.


Your Citation Payment Options

If your violation does not require a personal court appearance, and you do not wish to contest it in court, you are required to pay the waiver/fine by the court date listed on your citation. Payment can be made with cash, money order or cashier’s check. Visa and MasterCard are accepted either by phone, in person, or through the Court’s online docket.


  1. Make your cashier’s check or money order (no cash or personal checks) payable to The Village of Put-in-Bay Mayor’s Court.
  2. Include a copy of your citation and your payment
  3. Mail to:
    Put-in-Bay Mayor’s Court,
    435 Catawba Avenue,
    P.O. Box 503,
    Put-in-Bay, OH 43456

***Please be sure to keep a copy of payment for your records.

In Person

Payments are accepted at the Clerk of Court’s Office, 435 Catawba Avenue, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cash, credit card, cashier’s check and money order are accepted.

Online Payments

CLICK HERE. Enter last name and follow the instructions.

Court Dates

Village of Put-in-Bay Mayor’s Court 2024 Schedule

January 18 10:00 a.m.
February  15 10:00 a.m.
March 14 10:00 a.m.
April 18 10:00 a.m.
May 16 10:00 a.m.
May23 9:00 a.m.
May 30 9:00 a.m
June 6 9:00 a.m.
June 13 9:00 a.m.
June 20 9:00 a.m.
June 27 9:00 a.m.
July 11 9:00 a.m.
July 18 9:00 a.m.
July 25 9:00 a.m.
August 1 9:00 a.m.
August 8 9:00 a.m.
August 15 9:00 a.m.
August 29 9:00 a.m.
September 5 9:00 a.m.
September 12 9:00 a.m.
September 19 9:00 a.m.
September 26 9:00 a.m.
October 3 9:00 a.m.
October 10 9:00 a.m.
October 17 10:00 a.m.
October 24 10:00 a.m.
October 31 10:00 a.m.
November7 10:00 a.m.
December 12 10:00 a.m.
NOTE: Trials will be held following regularly scheduled Court dates. Additional sessions will be held as required. Early and late season court dates may not be held if circumstances do not require.

Parking Tickets

Ways to Pay a Parking Ticket

  1. CLICK HERE to make an online payment.
  2. Mail check or money order in the full amount to Put-in-Bay Parking Violations Bureau, PO Box 503, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456. Please be sure to make check payable to Put-in-Bay Parking Violations Bureau and include ticket number.
  3. In person with cash, check or credit card. Payment can be made at 435 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456

You may also deny/appeal this ticket within TEN (10) calendar days after its issuance. You may do this by completing a Request for Hearing Form. You may either fax this form to 419 285-2243 or return it to 435 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456.
Things to know before you appeal your parking citation.

  • The Request for Hearing form must be received by the Put-in-Bay Parking Violations Bureau within TEN (10) days of the issuance of the citation.
  • A copy of the original parking citation must be attached to the Request for Hearing Form.
  • Incomplete information or failure to submit the Request for Hearing Form and documentation within the TEN (10) day time period will automatically void the opportunity to appeal.
  • Retain a copy of the documents you submit. Original documents will not be returned.


  • Lack of knowledge of the Village Codified Ordinances.
  • Tardiness returning to vehicle.
  • Inability to find a valid parking space