The Mayor has jurisdiction, subject to restrictions in the Ohio Revised Code, to conduct a Mayor's Court to hear and determine any prosecution for the violation of an ordinance of the municipal corporation, any case involving a violation of a vehicle parking or standing ordinance of the municipal corporation and determine all criminal causes involving any moving traffic violation occurring on a state highway located within the boundaries of the municipal corporation.
The Mayor may appoint a person as Mayor's Court Magistrate to hear and determine prosecutions and criminal causes in the Mayor's Court that are within the jurisdiction of the Mayor's Court. No person shall be appointed as a Mayor's Court Magistrate unless the person has been admitted to the practice of law in Ohio and, for a total of at least three years preceding the person's appointment or the commencement of the person's service as magistrate, has been engaged in the practice of law in Ohio or served as a judge of a court of record in any jurisdiction in the United States.
In hearing and determining such prosecutions and causes, the Magistrate has the same powers, duties, and authority as does the Mayor if he were to conduct Mayor's Court, including the ability to hear and determine prosecutions and causes in general, including, but not limited to, the power and authority to decide the prosecution or cause, enter judgment, and impose sentence. The appointment of a Magistrate does not preclude the Mayor from also hearing and determining prosecutions and criminal causes in the Mayor's Court that are within the jurisdiction of the Mayor's Court.
The Director of Law shall be prosecuting attorney of the Mayor's Court however, the Director of Law may designate assistants to act as prosecuting attorneys of the Mayor's Court. The Director of Law, as prosecuting attorney of the Mayor's Court, prosecutes all cases brought before the Court, and performs the same duties as required of the prosecuting attorney of the county.