Bedford Municipal Court

If you or someone you know has been arrested, we know you can’t afford to wait. Our criminal defense firm is here to help you act quickly to protect your rights and your future. At Patituce & Associates, we never settle for less than excellence, for our clients or our team. That’s why our Cuyahoga County criminal defense attorneys are either former prosecutors or have significant experience in the criminal defense field before working with us.

No reputable attorney will guarantee results; however, they should tell you in a few, direct words how they will protect your rights. Our criminal defense lawyers put you, the client, first. We don’t work for the government; we work for you.

Experienced Bedford Municipal Court Attorneys

If you are in need of a criminal defense lawyer, it is important to find someone who is familiar with the local laws and court system in Bedford Ohio. At Patituce & Associates, LLC, our attorneys have experience representing clients in the Bedford Municipal Court and have established positive relationships with the judges and prosecutors in the court. Our previous experience in this particular court allows us to effectively prepare our clients and their cases for their hearings.

About Bedford Municipal Court

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.

Civil Division

The civil division is responsible for handling general civil cases seeking money judgments. The civil division is broken down into two branches; the general civil division which handles cases seeking monetary damages of $15,000.00 or less; and the small claims division which handles cases seeking money judgments of $6,000.00 or less.

The general civil division is also responsible for forcible entry and detainer cases (commonly known as evictions). New civil cases, including any subsequent pleadings, motions or post-judgment executions (such as wage garnishments or bank attachments) are filed with the civil division.

The civil division also handles applications for Trusteeship and Rent Escrow deposits.


The Bedford Municipal Court has a Probation Department which oversees all persons placed on probation as the result of criminal charges. The goal of probation is to monitor compliance with the sentence imposed by the Judge thereby reducing the likelihood of further criminal activity. The Bedford Municipal Court Probation Department is run under the direction of Acting Chief Probation Officer Ryan Frejofsky.

Traffic Division

Generally traffic citations involving a required court appearance (known as non-waiverable offenses) will be handled by the deputy clerk responsible for the charging municipality. Most traffic citations are heard by a Traffic Magistrate on one session during each week, although many municipalities stagger their appearance time during that session.

Criminal Division

The criminal division handles all criminal cases, distribution of court and appointed attorneys. Each municipality is handled by a specific deputy clerk within the criminal division of the Clerk’s office. Motions and pleadings filed in criminal cases, pre-trial conferences, motion hearings and trials will be processed by the deputy clerk responsible for the charging municipality. The same deputy clerk will process requests for continuances and re-scheduled hearing dates.

Address & Information

Physical Address

165 Center Rd
Bedford, OH 44146




M-F 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM


How Patituce & Associates, LLC Can Help

At Patituce & Associates, we offer all prospective clients a free, confidential phone consultation, giving them the chance to discuss the details of their arrest and the charges they potentially face. Whether it’s the middle of the night or on the weekend, we understand that an arrest can occur at any time.

That is why we can be reached 24/7. Although we will do our best to return your phone call within 12 hours of receiving your message, you can expect us to return your call within 24 hours at the latest. Contact us today at 440-471-7784 for your free consultation.