The Municipal Court hears Criminal and Civil matters that occur in the City of Steubenville. The Court’s jurisdiction in Criminal matters covers all misdemeanor charges, both Criminal and Traffic, as well as Felony matters for the purpose of Preliminary Hearing only. In Civil Matters, the Court’s jurisdiction includes a Small Cliams Division (under $3000.00) and General Division for matters up to $15,000.00.
The Court issues Search Warrants, sets Bonds, Fines and Costs; and conducts Trials to the Court and by Jury. The Court also conducts a weekly Drug Court Session.
The Presiding Judge is the Honorable G. Daniel Spahn. Judge Spahn is a 1967 graduate of Steubenville High School. He received his BA degree from Bucknell University and his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law in May of 1982. He was in private practice in the Steubenville area for 19 years, during such time he served 18 years as a member of the Steubenville City School’s Board of Education. He was elected to the Bench for the term commencing January 1, 2002 and began his second term of office January 1, 2008. Judge Spahn is a member of the Jefferson County Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and the Ohio Association of Municipal and County Court Judges. He was also selected by the Ohio Supreme Court to serve as a participant in the Judicial Symposium; The Changing Role of the Judges in January of 2006.
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The Court Staff
Clerk of Court – Elizabeth D. Vergitz
Chief Deputy Clerk – Lucia Leone
Criminal Clerk – Bonnie Snyder
Civil Clerk – Laura Jones
Finance Clerk – Jennifer Furbee
Small Claims Clerk – LaTisha Shackleford
Bailiff/Probation Officer – Mark Stacy
Drug Court Coordinator – Edward Littlejohn