City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Court Appearance

Your Appearance in Court
When you appear in the City of Upper Arlington Mayor's Court, you should know your basic rights as a defendant in court:
  • To know the nature of the charge(s) that has been filed against you.
  • To know the identity of the person making the charge against you.
  • To see and read the complaint filed against you.
  • To have legal counsel represent you.
  • To have one continuance to obtain counsel or for some other valid reason.
  • To have a Jury Trial or Court Trial in the Franklin County Municipal Court where provided by law, if a written demand is made.

Your Arraignment
The purpose of arraignment court is to tell you about the charge(s) against you and have you enter a plea to that charge. THIS IS NOT YOUR TRIAL. When you appear before this Court, you are guaranteed a number of rights:
  • You have the right to an attorney.
  • You have the right to a reading of the charge.
  • You have the right to enter a plea.
  • You have the right to a trial.
  • You have the right to appeal.
  • You have the right to a speedy trial.

Plea Information
In court, you will be required to answer with one of the following pleas provided by the laws of the State of Ohio:
  • Not Guilty - The plea of Not Guilty indicates that you are contesting the facts as alleged in the complaint or ticket. If you plead Not Guilty, your case will not be heard that day but will be set over for a trial. Trials in the Upper Arlington Mayor's Court are scheduled each Thursday and begin at approximately 1:00 p.m. At your trial, the officer who issued the citation or complaint will be subpoenaed into court to testify. You may also bring witnesses to testify on your behalf.
  • Guilty - The plea of Guilty is a complete admission of guilt.
  • No Contest - The plea of No Contest is not an admission of guilt, but is an admission of the truth of the facts alleged in the complaint or ticket and such admission cannot be used against you in any subsequent civil or criminal proceedings.