Ashland (OH) Municipal Court
1209 East Main Street, P.O. Box 385, Ashland, OH 44805
Phone: (419) 289-8137 • Fax: (419) 289-8545
DISCLAIMER: The following is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to give legal advice, nor is it intended to be an exhaustive list of all legal and procedural matters and requirements for participating in the Ashland Municipal Court's Community Work Service program. Court employees cannot give you legal advice. If you have any legal questions about Community Work Service, then you should contact an attorney.
If you need help finding legal assistance or legal information, please contact the following organizations:
Ashland County Bar Association (external link): The Ashland County Bar Association's website lists all attorneys that are currently members of the Ashland County Bar Association, including office contact information and areas of practice.
Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (external link), (888) 534-1432: Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) provides legal assistance in civil matters (i.e., matters involving housing; rights of spouses, parents, and children; healthcare and wills; Social Security and public benefits; bankruptcy and fair debt collection; and wages and benefits) to eligible low-income individuals and groups in Ashland County, Ohio.
Ashland County Law Library (external link), (419) 282-4219: The Ashland County Law Library provides legal reference services and information to the general public.
In 2015, under the direction of Judge John L. Good, and supervised by Community Work Service Coordinator Robert Fulmer, the Ashland Municipal Court established a Community Work Service program. As a criminal/traffic defendant in the Ashland Municipal Court, you may be ordered by the Court to complete community work service as a part of your sentence for a criminal/traffic conviction or as a condition of your probation. Whether you will be ordered to complete community work service, and, if so ordered, the amount of community work service hours that you will be ordered to complete (ranging from 1 hour to 500 hours), will solely be determined by the Judge or Magistrate that hears your case.
If you are ordered to complete community work service, you should immediately report to the Ashland Municipal Court Probation Department to meet with the Community Work Service Coordinator, at which point the Community Work Service Coordinator will interview you, gather relevant information from you, conduct a background check on you, and review the terms and conditions of community work service (including the consequences for failing to complete community work service and/or for violating the terms and conditions of community work service) with you.
The background check, interview, and your signing of the terms and conditions of community work service must be completed prior to you starting community work service. Once the background check and review have been completed, and once you have signed the terms and conditions of community work service, you will promptly be assigned by the Community Work Service Coordinator to complete your community work service hours at one of many non-profit local, city, county, or state agencies located throughout Ashland County, Ohio (please see a list of current agencies used by Community Work Service below) Within seven (7) days of receiving your community work service assignment, you must contact the community work service agency where you have been assigned to coordinate a work schedule; additionally, you are required to start your community work service within thirty (30) days of receiving your community work service assignment.
You will receive a timesheet that contains all of the contact information for the agency where you have been assigned to complete your community work service; all of your community work service hours will be tallied on this timesheet, and a supervisor at the agency is required to verify, along with his/her signature, the hours that you have worked at the agency. Once you have completed your community work service hours, you must ensure that your completed timesheet, including all necessary signatures, is returned to the Community Work Service Coordinator as proof that you have dutifully completed your community work service responsibilities.
You are to report to work at the time and place assigned by your work supervisor. You will be responsible for transportation to and from the work site.
You are to complete all work assigned to you by your work supervisor in a timely and efficient manner.
You are to follow all work orders and rules established by your work supervisor.
You are NOT to consume any alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs while on your work assignment or before you report to your work site. Therefore, you are subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing at any time.
You are not to perform any work which you are not physically able to perform. Your work supervisor may require medical documentation to confirm such requests for release from certain job duties.
You are not to operate any equipment which you do not have the knowledge, ability, training, or license to operate.
You are not to leave the work site at any time without permission from your work supervisor. No one is allowed to visit you during work hours unless it is shown to be an emergency.
The use of cell phones is prohibited while working in the capacity of completing community work service unless approved by the workplace supervisor.
Time will be allowed for breaks in the work schedule. When necessary, time will be allowed for lunch. The work supervisor shall determine the timing of such breaks and their length.
Any work related problems you may have are to be reported to your work supervisor and the Community Work Service Coordinator.
All other rules established by your work supervisor at your work site, similar to guidelines for full or part-time employees, must be followed at all times.
The dates that are set will be worked with NO excuses. Any unexcused absence may warrant immediate incarceration in the Ashland County Jail or may result in a warrant for your arrest for a Probation Violation/Contempt of Court charge.
Contact with the work service assigned agency will be made within seven (7) days of the signing of your community work service agreement, and your community work service hours will commence within thirty (30) days of the signing of your agreement.
IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete your community work service hours by the deadline set by the Court, or if you violate any of the terms or conditions of community work service, you may be found in contempt of court (a violation that carries a maximum sentence of up to thirty (30) days in jail and up to a $250.00 fine, or both) and you may receive a probation violation (if applicable).
Below is a list of all of the non-profit, local agencies and organizations where criminal/traffic defendants in the Ashland Municipal Court have completed some or all of their community work service hours.
9th Street Dental Care (Ashland)
American Legion (Ashland)
Ashland Balloonfest Committee
Ashland Christian Health Center
Ashland City Building
Ashland City Garage
Ashland City Justice Center
Ashland City Parks & Recreation Department
Ashland City Police Department
Ashland City Transit
Ashland County Airport
Ashland County Animal Shelter
Ashland County Council on Aging
Ashland County Fairgrounds
Ashland County Humane Society
Ashland County Maintenance Department
Ashland County Park District
Ashland County Recycling Center
Ashland County Wildlife Conservation League
Brookside Golf Course
Calvary Baptist Church (Ashland)
The Cat House Sanctuary
Charles Mill State Park
Fraternal Order of Eagles (Ashland)
Grace Brethren Church (Ashland)
Jeromesville Fire Department
Loudonville Athletic Boosters
Loudonville Church of the Nazarene
Loudonville Fire Department
Mohican State Park
Nankin Fire Department
New Hope Church (Loudonville)
Old Lincoln Highway Society
Ohio State Highway Patrol (Ashland Post)
Orange Township Garage
Pleasant Hill State Park
Silverthorne Ministries (Ashland)
Southview Grace Brethren Church (Ashland)
Trinity Lutheran Church (Ashland)
United Way of Ashland County
VFW Post 1067
Village of Loudonville
Village of Perrysville
Village of Polk
To have your local agency participate in the Community Work Service program and to be added to this list, please contact the Community Work Service Coordinator.