Traffic Court is staffed by a full-time magistrate, bailiff, traffic safety officer and traffic clerk. The magistrate in Traffic Court hears traffic arraignments, minor misdemeanor traffic trials and driving privilege hearings.
New Traffic Court Policies - Effective April 2019
- Traffic Court does not allow continuances to be granted over the phone. If a party desires a continuance, they must file a motion.
- Traffic Court walk-in hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. only. NO walk-ins on Fridays.
- Traffic Court’s cutoff time for check-in is 9:15 a.m. for the morning session and 1:15 p.m. for the afternoon session.
- Driving privileges hearings are scheduled as follows: On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
What to Do If You Received a Traffic Ticket
Persons who receive a traffic ticket may plead guilty and pay the citation without a court appearance unless a court appearance is marked by the officer on the ticket. If you are permitted to pay without an appearance, you can see the fine amount, including costs, here. Visit the Traffic Waiver Costs portion of our website if you wish to view costs.
Tickets may be paid online with a Visa or MasterCard, by mail or in person at the Traffic Violations Bureau located in the Lobby (1st Floor) of the Harold K. Stubbs Justice Center. Persons who wish to plead not guilty to the charge(s) or plead guilty or no contest and explain the circumstances, should appear in Court on the date of appearance as indicated on the citation. You also need to appear in Court if you wish to have a payment plan or to perform community service in lieu of paying a fine. Failure to appear may result in a forfeiture of your driver’s license. Please dress appropriately or you may be ordered to return at a later date in more appropriate clothes.
Court is in session at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. When coming to Court, you will go to Courtroom 806 on the 8th Floor and check the list of cases scheduled for that day to verify that your name is on the list. If it is, have a seat and wait. If it is not, go to the Clerk’s Office, Traffic Division, Room 742 on the 7th Floor to request your file be sent up to the Court and then go back up to the Courtroom and have a seat.
Changes must be requested and then granted on a case by case basis. If you wish to make any changes to the terms of your sentence, including changes to probation or house arrest, or changes in your payment arrangements, you must appear before the Magistrate to request these changes. Please note that if you wish to change your payment arrangements from community service to a payment plan, you must make a payment that day.
Traffic Safety Officer
The Court’s Traffic Safety Office helps drivers to maintain or obtain a valid driver’s license and practice safe vehicle operation. For more information about this program, click here.
If you are notified that you received a camera ticket, any questions and/or payments should be addressed to:
American Traffic Solutions
PO Box 742503
Cincinnati, Ohio 45274-2503
Or call 866.790.4111.