Coronavirus Health Alert
UPON ENTERING THE COURTHOUSE, THE PUBLIC MUST WEAR A MASK OR FACE COVERING. SOCIAL DISTANCING IS REQUIRED.
The Court has revised the Temporary Administrative Order in response to COVID-19 effective May 11, 2020.
Until further notice, Bedford Municipal Court’s temporary hours of operation shall remain from 8:30am until 3:00pm Monday through Friday.
Effective May 11, 2020, Bedford Municipal Court will be hearing traffic and criminal arraignments. Defendants may file requests for continuance or enter a Plea of Not Guilty (see Bedford Municipal Court forms below for instructions). Waiverable tickets may still be paid online.
Also, Traffic and Criminal Pre-trials will be heard. Until further notice, Defendants need not appear but must be available by phone and need to communicate with their attorney.
Civil Pre-trials and oral hearings will resume on May 11, 2020. The Court will conduct these by telephone as much as possible. Pro Se Parties (parties without an attorney) should make sure the Court has a current address and phone number in order to contact them if needed.
Eviction hearings will resume on May 15, 2020, however ruling on writs may be held in abeyance, and issued by further order of the Court, pursuant to CoVid-19 Emergency Rulings.
Effective May 18, 2020, Small Claims hearings will resume.
Criminal and Civil Jury and Bench Trials are being scheduled after July 30, 2020.
Weddings will not be performed through June 1, 2020; however this may be extended by further order of the Court.
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.