The Sunbury Mayor’s Court is a local community court providing for the fair and efficient adjudication of misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases involving violations of the Village’s ordinances. With the support of Village Council, Mayor Tommy Hatfield appoints a qualified licensed attorney as Magistrate to preside over the Court. The Court has jurisdiction over local offenses, with the exception of:
- Domestic violence (DV) cases
- Second or multiple driving under license suspension (DUS) cases
- Second or multiple operating a vehicle while under the influence (OVI) cases
Under Ohio law, the above offenses and appeals of decisions from Sunbury Mayor’s Court are filed with the Delaware County Municipal Court
Magistrate Michael R. Moran, Esq. has presided over Sunbury Mayor’s Court since 2006, serving under two mayors. His previous judicial and quasi-judicial experience includes serving as Magistrate for the Village of Lithopolis Mayor’s Court, Special Master Commissioner for the Franklin County Probate Court, Attorney Hearing Examiner for the Ohio Board of Nursing, Attorney Hearing Examiner for the Coshocton County Board of Health, and Chairman of the City of Gahanna Board of Building & Zoning Appeals. Magistrate Moran earned a Juris Doctor degree from Capital University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marietta College. He was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1994 and subsequently to the bars of the District of Columbia, U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Courts of Appeal for the D.C. and Federal Circuits, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, and the U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals. Magistrate Moran has over 25 years of criminal, civil and administrative trial and appellate experience statewide as a defense attorney, prosecutor and judicial officer. He retired as a Colonel from the Ohio Military Reserve, where he served as a judge advocate officer. Magistrate Moran has been a co-author of West’s annual Ohio Administrative Law Handbook & Agency Directory for over 20 editions.
Magistrate’s Advice of Rights
You may download or view a video of the Magistrate’s explanation of your rights in Mayor’s Court:
Mayor’s Court Docket
Mayor’s Court is held every other Tuesday at the Town Hall, 51 E. Cherry St., Sunbury, OH.
- 5:00 p.m. Arraignments
- 5:30 p.m. Pre-trials/Trials
If your violation is a payable violation, you may waive your right to appear in Mayor’s Court and plead guilty to the violation by signing the back of the ticket and enclosing a payment of the fine and costs.
If you have a question whether or not the violation with which you are charged is a payable violation, contact Kathy Hixon, Mayor’s Court Clerk.
You can pay your violation with the following methods:
Through the mail. No cash accepted through the mail, only checks or money orders.
At the Clerk of Court’s Office located in the Sunbury Municipal Building, First Floor, 9 East Granville Street, Sunbury, Ohio 43074 with cash, check, or money order.
Via Official Payments and selecting court payment (there is a $3.95 convenience charge on top of your payment) with a credit or debit card.
At the drive-up drop box located on the northeast corner of the Municipal Building, 9 East Granville Street, Sunbury, Ohio 43074. No cash or credit card payments are accepted in the drop box, only checks or money orders.
Personal and business checks and money orders are accepted and should be made payable to: Village of Sunbury Mayor’s Court.
Proof of Insurance & Financial Responsibility
State of Ohio law requires that everyone must provide proof of insurance when requested by a law enforcement officer.
If you did not provide proof of insurance to the law enforcement officer at the time of your offense, you must bring proof of insurance for the date of your offense to your court appearance or enclose proof with your payment.
Proof of insurance is required on the vehicle that you were driving on the date and time you were cited. Failure to provide proof of insurance will result in the suspension of your driving rights for a period of not less than 90 days through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.