2018 Mayor's Court Initial Training

Ohio law requires that each mayor of a municipal corporation who is authorized to conduct a mayor's court pursuant to Chapter 1905 of the Ohio Revised Code and who wishes to exercise the jurisdiction and authority granted pursuant to Chapter 1905, O.R.C. receive Supreme Court approved training.

The Ohio Municipal League has been certified by the Ohio Supreme Court to conduct the required classroom instruction. Each person who successfully completes an accredited education program will receive a certificate attesting to the satisfactory completion of the study course. The Ohio Municipal League maintains a record of all the individuals who attended the League's accredited education programs, however, it is the responsibility of each individual to know what courses they need to take each year.

General & OVI Cases

A newly elected or newly appointed mayor who wishes to conduct a mayor's court and prosecute first offense OVI cases, and all other non-alcohol and drug related traffic offenses that may come before mayor's court shall obtain, within sixty days of first assuming office, six hours of classroom training in order to hear cases other than alcohol and drug related traffic offenses (GENERAL) and a separate six hours of classroom instruction related to alcohol and drug related traffic offenses (OVI).

Completion of the two 6-hour training requirements authorizes the mayor to hear cases through the 31st day of December of the year immediately following the year in which the education was completed.

Following Initial Training

Following the six hour initial training requirements, the mayor shall receive each year, three hours of continuing education for OVI cases, and an additional three hours of continuing education in order to prosecute all other cases that may come before mayor's court. A mayor who decides not to hear first offense OVI cases is only required to take the initial six-hour classroom instruction for all of the non-OVI cases (GENERAL) which may come before the court. The annual three-hour non-OVI continuing education is also required each year after the initial training has been completed.

A magistrate (a licensed attorney who has practiced for the past 3 years in Ohio) must have this initial training before hearing court (per the Ohio Supreme Court) and must take the three-hour refresher course each year after.


This year the Ohio Municipal League will be conduct one 6-hour general initial course and one 6-hour OVI initial course. The sessions are held as follows:
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 (General)
  • Friday, January 19, 2018 (OVI)
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Course hours are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Everyone attending training must submit a registration form and payment.

Location of Training

Both will be hosted at:
Columbus Bar Association
175 S 3rd Street
11th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

The following are 2 of the nearest hotels (walking distance) if you need to make reservations:

  1. Holiday Inn
    175 E Town Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Phone: 888-890-0242
  2. Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square
    75 E State Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Phone: 614-365-4500