Individual FAQs - Litigation

I received a small claims complaint; how do I pay it?

Contact the Legal Department at 1.800.860.7482 ext. 5005 or locally at 440.526.0900 ext. 5005 before sending in your payment. All legal payments must be sent to: PO Box 470537, Broadview Heights, Ohio 44147-0537 Attention Legal Department. The court costs must be added to the balance due. Payment in full must be received prior to your hearing date in order for the case to be dismissed.

If I pay the balance in full do I need to attend the hearing?

No, the case will be dismissed.

Why do I have to pay court costs?

The court costs were paid by the municipality when they filed the small claims case against you. The court costs must be collected from you regardless if you attend the hearing or not.

I received a small claims complaint and I agree I owe the money; what are my options?

You can make a payment in full (balance due, plus court costs) before the hearing and the case will be dismissed. If you cannot pay in full, you can set up a payment plan. If you set up a payment plan a judgment will be requested.

A judgment is a final determination by the court that the money requested in the claim is valid debt. The judgment gives the municipality the right to garnish wages, attach bank accounts or file liens against your property if you refuse to pay the debt.

I cannot pay the small claims balance in full, how do I set up a payment plan?

Contact the Legal Department at 1.800.860.7482 ext. 5005 or locally at 440.526.0900 ext. 5005 to discuss your payment options. You can also attend the hearing where a RITA representative will be available to set up payment arrangements.

If I do not attend the hearing, will a warrant for my arrest be issued?

No, the small claims action is a civil matter. You cannot be arrested.

What happens once I pay the judgment in full?

The municipality will file a satisfaction with the court. The satisfaction is the document that indicates to the court that the debt has been paid in full.

RITA cannot advise you on this matter.