The Wayne County Court of Common Pleas is the court with general jurisdiction over matters that occur in Wayne County, Ohio. The Common Pleas Court is located at 107 West Liberty Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691. For directions to the Court, please click here.
The Wayne County Common Pleas Court is staffed by two judges, Judge Mark Wiest and Judge Corey Spitler, who are elected to six year terms. Judicial elections for Common Pleas judges occur on even-numbered years. In addition to the ten judges, the Court also has a number of magistrates, who work under the judges in primarly civil-related matters.
As a general rule, the Common Pleas Court handles felony-level criminal offenses, ranging from drug possession and breaking and entering to rape and aggravated murder, but can also handle misdemeanors under specific circumstances. The Common Pleas Court also has jurisdiction over civil cases that exceed $15,000, as well as other civil matters where specific requests are made (i.e. injunctions, land disputes, etc.). The Common Pleas Court also serves in an appellate function when reviewing certain administrative actions, such as unemployment proceedings.
Unlike many other counties, the Common Pleas General Division also hears domestic relations cases, including divorce and civil protection order cases.
The Common Pleas Court also contains another division, the Probate and Juvenile Court. Those divisions have limited jurisdiction over the types of cases they hear, but are considered to be part of the Common Pleas Court.
As with the municipal courts, the Wayne County Court of Common Pleas is served by an elected Clerk of Courts. The Clerk of Courts in Wayne County is responsible for maintaining the records of the Court, as well as serves other functions within county government.
If you wish to look up cases in the Wayne County Court of Common Pleas, you can click on the Wayne County Clerk of Courts website. The website, which also includes the dockets for the Wayne County Municipal Court and the Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals, contains usuful inforamtion about cases, including the motions that were filed and the dates of hearings. It also contains information about criminal cases, including what the person was charged with and convicted of.