The monetary jurisdiction is a maximum of
$6,000 for a
small claim filing and $15,000 for a civil filing.
To file a small claims or civil case in the
Municipal Court, the action must have occurred or the
defendant must reside within the geographic jurisdiction
of this court. Anyone filing a trusteeship must reside
within the geographic jurisdiction.
The jurisdiction of the Perrysburg Municipal Court covers
the geographic area of the cities of Perrysburg, Rossford,
and Northwood; the townships of Perrysburg, Lake, and Troy;
and the villages of Luckey, Millbury, and
Civil Court Costs
|Complaint for money only including third party complaints, cross-claims, and counterclaims involving new parties, but excluding cognovit complaints|
|Up to two defendants||$95.00|
|Each additional defendant||$8.00|
|Complaint with praecipe requiring commercial carrier (FedEx) service||$110.00|
|Each additional defendant||$20.00|
|Complaint for money, cognovit note action|
|Includes $10.00 for attorney confessing judgment||$95.00|
|Complaint for money, small claims division only|
|Amended and/or counterclaims||$8.00|
|Complaint in forcible entry and/or detainer|
|Ejectment cause only||$105.00|
|Ejectment cause with second cause for rent and/or damages||$115.00|
|Each additional defendant||$8.00|
|Writ of Restitution||$15.00|
|Complaint in replevin||$95.00|
|All other complaints and petitions||$95.00|
|Application for court trusteeship||$45.00|
|Add creditor to trusteeship||$7.00|
|Petition or motion to revive judgment||$15.00|
|Motion to vacate judgment||$15.00|
|Certificate of judgment|
|Filing and docket certification from another court||$10.00|
|Issuance from Perrysburg Municipal Court||$10.00|
|Proceedings in aid of execution||$20.00|
|Garnishment (personal earnings)||$75.00|
|Garnishment (other than personal earnings)||$20.00|
|Respondent's/Garnishee's fee (made payable to garnishee)||$1.00|
|Execution of judgments/attachments of property||$25.00|
|Jury deposit pursuant to P.R. 2.04(B)||$500.00|
|Service of process after initial issuance of process|
|Bailiff (* plus mileage)||$8.00|
|Sheriff or foreign county||$20.00|
|Publication (calculated per case)|
|Appraisal fee - attachment/replevin cases||$250.00|
|Transfer from Small Claims to Civil||$50.00|
|Order granting execution and transfer of title on mobile homes|
|(notification of interested parties sent certificate of mail)||$15.00|
Mediation is a process in which a third party promotes and
facilitates communication between the parties to help them
resolve their differences. Most disputes which reach the
court could have been settled more quickly and easily
through better communication. Mediation provides for
informal communication in a relaxed atmosphere.
A mediated agreement not only saves valuable court time and
resources, but also, and just as importantly, results in a
disposition which the parties have made themselves -- as
they have deemed most fair under the circumstances, and
one which is more likely to be adhered to than a court
The mediation procedure is generally voluntary, but because
this court's mediation program operates on a post-filing
basis, it is necessary for all parties involved to consent
to mediation. Post-filing simply means that all mediation
cases originate from the filing of a small claim or civil
complaint. The only fee charged is the filing fee at the
time of filing the complaint. There is no additional fee
for mediation. If the dispute is not settled in this
manner, the claimant has lost nothing, and the case is
referred back to the court for hearing or trial. If the
case does settle at mediation, the inconvenience of a
full-scale trial for claimant, respondent, and their
respective witnesses is avoided. In addition, both sides
win with neither side risking the loss of having the judge
decide against them, saving the expense of attorney fees,
and the time, effort, and money that could be spent
All mediation sessions are scheduled through the court,
with no additional fee to either party. As a final
reminder -- if the matter is settled now, the parties
will have the satisfaction of having solved their own
problem(s) without regard to who won or lost -- all
involved will be winners.
||The judge or jury
||You and the other party
||Matter of public record
||Sessions are private and confidential. Any entries
signed by the judge may become part of public
||Generally, by subpoena
||Welcome as adviser
||For money only (i.e. the small claims limit is
||Limited only by the parties' imaginations and
decisions to agree to proposals.
"A Citizens Guide to Small Claims
Claims Complaint Form
Download "How to Prepare and File
How to Prepare and File Your Claim
- Plaintiff: The person filing the claim
is known as the "plaintiff'. As the plaintiff, you may
claim money that is due to you only. You may not file
a claim for someone else's money. Enter your legal
name and your full address including zip code in the
upper left hand corner on the lines designated.
- Defendant: The party you seek money
from is known as the "defendant". In the upper right
hand corner of the form on the lines designated, enter
the name, address, and phone number (if known) of the
defendant. If there is more than one defendant,
enter the names, addresses, and phone numbers of each
of the defendants.
If you are filing against a corporation, enter the name
of the corporation and the address of its usual place
of business. All cases must be properly venued; that
is, properly within the court's geographic
jurisdiction. Generally, venue is proper in the
cities of Perrysburg, Rossford, and Northwood; the
townships of Perrysburg, Lake, and Troy; and the
villages of Luckey, Millbury, and Walbridge if either
the incident or transaction giving rise to the
claim occurred in the locations mentioned, or if the
defendant resides or conducts business in the
- The Amount of Your Claim: You may
ask for money only. No other recovery is permitted
in the Small Claims Division. You may not recover
"punitive damages", nor lost wages, traveling
expenses, costs of obtaining evidence, baby-sitting
and the like, incidental to your court action.
You may recover court costs and
interest from the defendant if you win your case.
- The Nature of Your Claim: In a brief
statement, explain why the defendant is indebted to
you. include in your explanation where, when, and how
the debt arose. It is not necessary to explain your
past efforts to collect this money.
In your statement, always refer to yourself as
"plaintiff' and the opposing party as "defendant".
Here are examples of complaints which are commonly
filed in the Small Claims Division:
- Complaint for Motor Vehicle Property
- On (date of accident), at (street
location) in (City), Ohio, defendant
negligently operated a motor vehicle into
plaintiff's (make, model) automobile,
proximately causing $_____ in damage.
- Complaint for Money Lent:
- Defendant owes plaintiff $ ______ for
money lent to defendant on (date of loan).
- Complaint for Wages:
- Defendant owes plaintiff $______ for wages
earned between (date) and (date).
- Complaint for Rental Security Deposit
- On (date), plaintiff and defendant entered
into an agreement for the rental of the
premises commonly known as (address of
rental property). Plaintiff paid defendant
$_____ as security deposit, to be refunded
to plaintiff at the termination of the
- On (date), the rental agreement was
terminated and plaintiff gave to the
defendant plaintiff's forwarding address
in writing. Defendant has failed to refund
plaintiff's security deposit.
- Complaint by Business for Money Due:
- Defendant owes plaintiff $_______ on an
account, a copy of which is attached hereto
as Exhibit 'A' (you will need to supply
three copies of the account as
The examples above demonstrate a concise, non-technical
way of stating the facts so anyone reading your complaint
may understand the nature of your claim. If the examples
do not apply to your case, simply state the facts in your
- Signing the Form: You must sign the
form in the presence of the Deputy Clerk of the Court
or a Notary Public. Below your signature, please
provide a phone number where you may be reached during
- Filing Procedure: Return the form to
the Civil Division office. The clerk will schedule
your case for trial. You must pay a $45.00 filing
fee with the Clerk at this time.
- Legal Advice and Assistance:
Representation by an attorney at law is permitted,
but it is not required. If you need legal advice,
you should contact your attorney.
- Corporations and Limited Liability
Companies: Corporations and limited
liability companies may only file a complaint in
small claims or appear in court to defend a small
claims complaint through an attorney at law, a bona
fide officer, or a salaried employee. Without an
attorney, a corporation or a limited liability
company may only present their own testimony and
they may not engage in any acts of advocacy, including
argument and cross-examination.
Collecting a Judgment Awarded by Small Claims Court
A judgment gives you a legal right to collect the amount
awarded by the court. The best and simplest way to collect
your judgment is to contact the other party and arrange a
voluntary payment, either in a lump sum or in
If the other party refuses to pay the judgment amount
voluntarily, you may use the available legal collection
methods. However, you must provide the court with the
information listed with each collection method. Be sure
to have your case number.
Wage garnishment: Exact name and address of the other
Bank garnishment: Exact name and address of the other
Attaching money in cash register: Exact name and address
of the other party's business and location of cash
register at the business.
Attaching personal property: Exact location and
description of property (serial number, make and model,
etc.). Be advised that this method involves the
following costs: three appraisals, the costs related to
the actual sale of the property, and a bond in an amount
determined by the court.
Liens: Exact location of real estate. Record certificate
of judgment at the County Recorder's office, County
License Revocation: Name and address of defendant, birth
date, social security number, date of accident,
operator's license number, and small claims case
All inquiries must be
accompanied with your civil small claims case number.
The Steps Required to Collect
- Find out where the debtor has bank accounts.
- Bring the filing fee to the Small Claims Division.
Have your case number handy. Fill out the necessary
forms with the Small Claims Clerk.
- The bank has up to two weeks to respond, after which
time, you can check on the bank's response by calling
the Small Claims Division and giving your case number
to the Small Claims Clerk.
- Pick up a 15 day notice form from the Small Claims
Division and mail this form certified mail to the
debtor. Save your certified mail receipt and an extra
copy of 15 day notice.
- After 15 days have passed, bring to the Small Claims
Division the green certified mail card that is
returned to you (signed or unsigned), receipt to
show proof of mailing, and copy of the 15 day notice
you sent. Have your case number handy.
- The 15 day notice is valid for 45 days from the
date of mailing. However, you cannot begin
garnishment proceedings until the first 15 days
have passed. This means that the 15 day notice is
good for proof of mailing purposes for a period of
- Once you have filled out the wage garnishment forms
completely with the name and address of the debtor's
employer and after paying the filing fee, the
garnishment forms will be served on the debtor's
employer. The employer has up two weeks to respond,
after which time you may check on the employer's
response by calling the Small Claims Division. Have
your case number handy.
|Wage Garnishment||$ 75.00|
|Bank Garnishment||$ 20.00|
|Respondent Fee||$ 1.00|
Filing fee: $45.00
Requirements to be eligible
- Must have a current garnishment or notice of pending
- All debt must be in the name of the person filing.
- Must be employed or live within our jurisdiction.
Requirements to file
Download "Application for the
Appointment of a Trustee"
Download "Statement as to
- All original bills of debt must be provided with
current balance owed, account number, and payment
address for creditor.
- Interest must be paid outside the trusteeship on
any interest bearing accounts.
- Only bills over $25.00 are accepted.
- No current utility bills will be accepted. Only
closed utility accounts with a past due balance
will be accepted.
- Car payments are accepted, but the car can still
- Debt incurred before the trusteeship may be added
after the initial filing for an additional $7.00
only upon approval by the Judge/Magistrate.
Items to Remember About Your Trusteeship
- Always be sure that you have your trusteeship number
when making payments or calling the office regarding
- PAYMENT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT YOUR PAY STUB.
When a payment is made at the counter, present your
pay stub so that the minimum payment of 25% may be
verified. When mailing payment, enclose your pay stub
along with your check or money order and trusteeship
number. If you wish to have your pay stub returned,
enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
- The amount to be paid into the trusteeship account
is figured by adding everything EXCEPT TAXES back
into your net (take home) pay; i.e., uniforms, union
dues, insurance, child support, etc. On this amount
we take the 25% for your trusteeship payment.
- Whenever you are off work for ANY reason, inform the
Trustee Clerk IMMEDIATELY. You must report every two
weeks should you be off work for an extended period
of time. However, if unemployed indefinitely, your
trusteeship must be terminated, as employment is a
prerequisite for trusteeship and there must be a
regular deposit of monies into your account.
- If you change your job or address, you must advise
the court IMMEDIATELY.
- Your account will be terminated if no payment is
received for 30 days. Re-filing cannot be made before
a six month period has lapsed.
- You MUST pay on each pay check you draw. NO
EXCEPTIONS ALLOWED even though it may be only for
one days work. This applies also to vacation pay
and unemployment checks. Payment must be received
within three (3) days of receiving your pay check.
- Interest must be paid outside the trusteeship on
any interest bearing accounts.
- Only with the Judge's approval will bills be
accepted after 30 days from filing the trusteeship.
A fee of $7.00 will be charged each time you add