Putnam County

Ottawa, OH - County Seat


Court Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30

Common Pleas / Municipal

Phone: 419-523-3110

 Fax: 419-523-5284

Probate / Juvenile
Phone: 419-523-3012
Fax: 419-523-9291




Judge Chad Niese

The Putnam County Municipal Court has scheduled sessions five days each week Monday through Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  The Putnam County Municipal Courtroom is located on the third floor of the Putnam County Courthouse.


             The Putnam County Municipal Court has three divisions: civil, criminal and traffic.  The court has jurisdiction over traffic and non-traffic misdemeanors and has the authority to conduct preliminary hearings in felony cases. The Traffic division handles traffic violations, ticket payouts and vehicle impoundments.  Driving Under the Influence and certain other charges require a court appearance.  Fines for many violations may be paid in person or by mail.   A listing of bonds for waiverable violations can be found in the Appendix of the Local Court Rules on this website.

             The civil division of the Putnam County Municipal Court handles cases in which the amount of money in dispute does not exceed $15,000.00.  Complaints involving landlord-tenant disputes, evictions, rents, escrows, garnishments and appeals to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles are filed with this division.  The clerk’s office provides assistance to citizens in filing of small claims, which involves disputes of $3,000.00 or less by furnishing forms and instructional material.

             The Clerk of Courts office is open from 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday to offer filing assistance and payment of bond and fine money as well as court costs. 

             Website links have been provided that could be of assistance to you.  The Department of Motor Vehicles is a national website created to provide easy to access information and resources for all motor vehicle needs throughout the United States while the Ohio BMV site is our state's site which offers many resources including an unofficial copy of driver's records.