The number of traffic and misdemeanor cases being heard in mayor's courts is at a new low.
The overall caseload fell by 3 percent to nearly 288 thousand last year, its lowest point since the state began tracking the number of cases in 2004. Officials with the Ohio Supreme Court decline to speculate on the reasons behind the decrease. The busiest courts are in the Cincinnati suburb of Reading and in Willoughby Hills outside of Cleveland. Most of the mayor's courts are in communities with less than 5 thousand residents. A new state law requires a population of at least 201 to operate a mayor's court.