CLEVELAND – Motorists fighting red light and speed light camera tickets in court in Cleveland had their hearings put on hold on Friday.
Drivers were being sent home after the hearing process was temporarily “stayed” or shut down pending a review by the law department.
This comes after a driver who challenged the way Cleveland handles traffic camera tickets won a jurisdiction issue but couldn’t get his fine overturned.
The 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals ruled Thursday the city must allow motorists to fight tickets in Municipal Court, not before a hearing officer as it’s been handled.
The court says Cleveland’s system violates the requirement that tickets come under Municipal Court. Sam Jodka of Columbus sued over how Cleveland handles challenges of ticket fines up to $200.
He lost a bid to get reimbursed for his fine because he didn’t challenge it.
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