The Criminal Division
The Criminal Division of the Medina County Clerk of Courts is responsible for managing and retaining records in felony cases. The Criminal Division also processes paperwork for search warrants and extraditions.
Felony prosecutions begin in the Common Pleas Court with the filing of either an indictment issued by the Medina County Grand Jury or information by the prosecuting attorney for the county.
An adult suspected of committing a felony can be arrested on a complaint and warrant filed in the Medina or Wadsworth Municipal Courts. In that instance, the accused will initially appear before a Municipal Court judge for consideration of bond and the scheduling of a preliminary or bind-over hearing in which a judge considers whether evidence presented by the prosecution establishes probable cause to believe the accused has committed the offense charged in the complaint.
For information regarding traffic or misdemeanor cases, please visit the website for Medina Municipal Court or Wadsworth Municipal Court. The Medina and Wadsworth Municipal Courts are authorized to hear misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases that involve offenses committed within their geographic jurisdictions.
The Criminal Division accepts bond Monday through Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, excluding legal holidays. Bonds must be posted at the Clerk’s Office, Criminal Division, Common Pleas Courthouse 1st Floor next to the elevators by 3:00 PM. No personal checks will be accepted for posting bonds.
Types of Bonds
The amount required to post a 10% bond is 10% of the amount of the bond plus a state fee of $85. (Example: If the bond amount is set at $20,000, the amount you are required to pay is $2,085.) When the case is completed, the Court keeps 10% of the amount posted, the state fee of $85, and refunds the rest to the person who posted bond. State fees are returned in the event the case is dismissed or the defendant is found not guilty. (So, of the $2,000 deposit, the Court keeps $200 and $1,800 is refunded.)
The bond will NOT be returned in the event that the bond is ordered forfeited, and a hearing will be set to determine if the surety will be held liable for the balance of the bond. If the defendant appears for all scheduled hearings and follows all conditions of bond, a check for the balance of the bond will be mailed within four (4) to six (6) weeks after the final journal entry has been signed by the judge and filed with the Clerk’s Office.
At the time a bond is being posted, the person posting needs to decide who will be surety. The surety can either be the person posting the bond or the defendant. Bond money can be used to pay for defendant’s fees or court costs if the defendant is the surety. The surety will be the person who bond money may be returned to and can also be held liable for the balance of the bond should the defendant fail to abide by conditions of bond or fail to appear at a scheduled hearing.
Bail Bond (Surety Bond)
Posted by a professional bonding company which guarantees the defendant’s appearance in Court.
The bond will NOT be returned in the event that the bond is ordered forfeited, and a hearing will be set to determine if the surety will be held liable for the balance of the bond.
The $85 state fee applies to bail bonds as well. State fees are returned in the event the case is dismissed or the defendant is found not guilty.
The full amount of the bond set by the Court must be paid. When the case is completed, the entire amount will be refunded.
The bond will NOT be returned in the event that the bond is ordered forfeited.
The $85 state fee applies to cash bonds as well. State fees are returned in the event the case is dismissed or the defendant is found not guilty.
For inmate information, please call the Medina Co. Sheriff’s Automated Inmate Information System (330)764-3628. The information available using the Inmate Information System is as follows:
- Inmate Arrest
- Inmate Charge(s)
- Facility Location
- Inmate Visitation Policy
- Sending Inmate Money
- Mailing Inmates
- Inmate Property Policy
- Inmate Phone Account
- Phone Numbers of Arresting Agencies
- Other General Information
Or visit our online docket for current case information.
Court Hearing Schedules
- Medina County Clerk of Courts – Civil and Criminal Docket Search
- Medina County Common Pleas Court II– Judge Kimbler
- Medina County Common Pleas Court I– Judge Hutson
- Medina Municipal Court
- Wadsworth Municipal Court
- Medina County Bar Association
- Ohio Supreme Court
- Ohio Courts – Directory Listing of all Courts
- Ohio State Bar Association
- United States Supreme Court
- Akron Bar Association
- Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
- Lorain County Bar Association
- Medina County Sheriff – Registered Sex Offenders