Court Information

Court Announcement 1

The Jury Trial scheduled for Thursday, April 25, 2024 is going forward. Jurors are to report by 8:45 a.m.

Court Announcement 2

Defiance Municipal Court Operations Regarding COVID-19

Defiance Municipal Court Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic: If you are feeling ill or are otherwise unable to attend a court proceeding due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) please file a continuance (available under Forms tab on website) via FAX: 419-782-2018 or EMAIL: Please include your name, phone #, mailing address, case number, reason for continuance and any additional information you'd like to convey. You should not consider any matter postponed until you receive verification from the Court.

Court Address

665 Perry Street
Defiance, Ohio 43512
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Court Hours

Office Hours: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Monday - Friday
Drive-thru: 7:00AM - 5:00PM
Monday - Friday

Contact Numbers

Traffic/Criminal: 419.782.5756
Civil/Small Claims: 419.782.4092
Bailiff/Probation - Gregg Harter: 419.783.1903
Probation - Brittney Beard: 419.784.2222
Probation Fax: 419.783.1900
Court Fax: 419.782.2018

Court Personnel

Judge Troy A. Essex

Casey A. Linebrink, Clerk

Crystal Dippman, Secretary/Deputy Clerk

Civil Division


Civil Cases: ($15,000 or less)
Small Claims Cases: ($6000 or less)
Rent/Escrow / Landlord/Tenant


Stacie Bidlack - Deputy Clerk

Jordin Hughes - Deputy Clerk

Rhonda Suydam - Deputy Clerk

Criminal Division


Criminal Cases: (misdemeanors)
Felony Preliminary Hearings
Traffic Cases


Tasha Short - Deputy Clerk

Andrea Goliver - Deputy Clerk

Jennifer Epple - Deputy Clerk

Ann L. Blunt - Deputy Clerk

Jennifer Dukes - Deputy Clerk

Bailiff/Probation Department

Fax: 419.783.1900

Gregg Harter - 419.783.1903

Brittney Beard - 419.784.2222

Miscellaneous Information

Office Hours: 8:00AM - 4:00PM | Monday - Friday (closed for legal holidays)

Drive-thru Hours: 7:00AM - 5:00PM | Monday - Friday (closed for legal holidays)

Location: Corner of Thurston and Perry St.

Public Access: Terminal is available Mon - Fri: 8:00AM - 4PM

Fax Filing: Fax filing is accepted

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