Coronavirus Health Alert
The Court has adopted a Temporary Administrative Order in response to COVID-19.
Effective Thursday, March 26, 2020, Bedford Municipal Court’s temporary hours of operation shall be from 8:30am until 3:00pm Monday through Friday.
Effective immediately, there will be no cases scheduled at Bedford Municipal Court from Friday, March 20, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020. All cases, except those specifically identified below, previously scheduled during this period will be rescheduled and you will receive notice of the new court date. Finally, until further notice, unless ordered by the Court, there will be no Forcible Entry and Detainer move-outs executed.
The exceptions are any case involving a suspect or defendant who is in jail, any scheduled preliminary hearing, any felony initial appearance, any initial appearance OVI/DUI, and any scheduled hearing on a motion for criminal protective order. In addition, civil garnishment hearings and requests for limited driving privileges will go forward on Friday mornings only during this time.
Until further notice the Court will remain open. However please note only attorneys, litigants, victims, necessary witnesses, and defendants will be admitted into the court.
Bedford Municipal Court is being proactive in consideration of the current situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19). Bedford Municipal Court has closely watched the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and would like to share how we are taking action to help reduce the spread to our community and staff. With that said the Bedford Municipal Court is providing an online form to anyone wishing to submit a Not Guilty plea on a Traffic or Criminal case or Motion for Continuance on a Civil, Traffic or Criminal case via fax in lieu of filing at Bedford Municipal Court. Bedford Municipal Court encourages the remote filing of these forms because of the current health concerns. Click the link below to fill out and fax to Bedford Municipal Court at (440) 232-2510 or email to FormsRequest@bedfordmuni.org.
The Court accepts online payments through its website at www.bedfordmuni.org. The Court encourages individuals to make online payments when possible. Individuals who do not want to contest a waiverable citation can conclude their case by paying their fine online. No court appearance is necessary. Individuals who a recurrently on payment plans may make online payments, and are also encouraged to do so.
The Court also has a drop box inside the front entrance of Bedford City Hall. Payments via check, cash or money order can be dropped off, in a sealed envelope, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Court will continue to accept filings at the clerk’s office, however, it also accepts filings by facsimile and by mail. The Court’s fax number is (440) 232-2510. During this emergency, the Court will also accept filings, in a sealed envelope, through its drop box inside the front entrance to Bedford City Hall. Filings are not complete unless accompanied by payment of costs, if required. If filing by fax, contact the Clerk’s office to coordinate payment of costs necessary to complete the filing, if any. The Court’s phone number is (440) 232-3420
Located in the City of Bedford, the Bedford Municipal Court was established in 1958. The Court handles cases from 14 different, diverse municipalities. Elected by the Court’s constituency, Judge Brian Melling and Judge Michelle Paris effectuates the prompt and impartial administration of justice for criminal and civil cases arising within the Court’s jurisdiction.
While navigating within our website, you will find information regarding small claims procedures, including information regarding collection of a judgment. You will also find information regarding jury service, eviction proceedings and having your wedding ceremony performed by one of the judges.