Paulding County

Municipal Court

Suzanne Shuman Rister, Judge
Seal of Ohio


201 East Caroline St. Suite 2
Paulding, Ohio 45879

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Monday - Friday
Lobby: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Phones: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Closed Weekends and Legal Holidays


Phone: (419) 399-5370
Fax: (419) 399-3421

Mission Statement

The mission of the Paulding County Municipal Court is to provide prompt courteous service in an efficient professional manner; promote justice; fairly and impartially safeguard the rights of all who come before the Court; educate the public and provide guidance in rehabilitating the offender.

Court Jurisdiction

The territorial jurisdiction of the Paulding County Municipal Court includes all of Paulding County. The Court consists of the criminal division, traffic division and the civil division. The criminal division handles misdemeanor criminal cases. The civil division handles complaints up to $15,000, small claims up to $6,000 and eviction cases.

Payment Center

Online payments for waiver tickets are available or pay your ticket at the Court during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm) Personal checks are not accepted

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Privacy Policy

This web site is the property of the Clerk of Court's Office for the Paulding County Municipal Court.

This web site performs normal levels of auditing to maintain the site and allow the public access to records and information regarding the operations of the Court and Clerk's Office. This information is not used for any purposes except to assist in troubleshooting problems occurring with the site and to determine the identity of individuals involved in unauthorized alterations, updates or interruptions of service involving this site. Both the laws or the United States and the State of Ohio prohibit this unauthorized defacement, updating, replacement, alteration or denial of access to any page or pages within this site.

The privacy of individuals accessing this site for legitimate purposes will not be compromised by commercial exploitation. However, as with the web site of any public/government agency, all aspects of its operation are subject to scrutiny under various public laws. No specific record is made regarding records accessed via the public access function of this web site.

Return Policy

Payments made through this web site, unless deemed to be submitted in error, are final. No option exists in the web site to change your mind and cancel a payment of fines and costs that you have authorized through the payment process. A payment constitutes a plea of guilty to the charge or charges. If a payment is determined to have been made in error, the full amount of the payment will be returned to the customer.

The only process by which you may change a payment and plea is through formal court process as authorized in the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure. This requires a Motion properly filed with the Court, and you may need the assistance of legal counsel to properly file and pursue such a Motion to comply with the requirements of those Rules.