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New Haven to get Leo violators

Cuts court time for residents

– Residents in Leo-Cedarville who receive a traffic or town ordinance violation could join others in Monroeville and Woodburn in going before a judge in New Haven.

New Haven City Council members unanimously approved an agreement Tuesday that will allow New Haven’s City Court to process Leo-Cedarville’s violations.

Prior to the agreement, residents had to attend court in Fort Wayne, which could take hours or an entire day, New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald said.

New Haven City Court was created in 1998, and Judge Geoff Robison – who was elected as the first judge – still presides.

Ordinance violations will be prosecuted by the Leo-Cedarville town attorney. If the defendant requests a jury trial, the case will be moved to Allen Superior Court because New Haven City Court is not set up to provide jury trials.

Court costs will be charged and disbursed according to state and local laws, and in the same manner and on the same schedule that applies to New Haven, according to the agreement.

The agreement can be terminated by either side with 30 days’ written notice.

Although New Haven receives a portion of the fines, city attorney Stephen Harants said it “was more about being a good neighbor than collecting money.”

Leo-Cedarville must provide New Haven City Court with copies of all town ordinances and imposed fines, as well as updates and amendments to those ordinances.

More court information, including options such as infraction deferral, online ticket payment and a schedule of fines and fees can be found at www.newhavenin.org.

The New Haven City Court is on the second floor of City Hall, 815 Lincoln Highway E., just west of the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Broadway near the downtown business district of New Haven.

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