Fairfield County Municipal Court
PH: 740-687-6621
FAX: 740-681-5014
104 East Main Street
Post Office Box 2390
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Daily Court Hours:
8:00am - 4:00pm
Monday-Friday
Sherry L. Eckman - Clerk of Court

About the Judges

Judge David Trimmer

Judge David A. Trimmer

Judge Patrick Harris

Judge Patrick N. Harris



Judge David A. Trimmer


Judge Trimmer has been Fairfield County Municipal Court Judge since December, 2003.

He grew up in the Columbus, Ohio area and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in 1985. He then moved to Colorado where he lived for nearly four years. While there he obtained a Master of Art in Communication in 1988 and then moved back to Central Ohio to begin work in the Public Relations Office of AT&T at 6200 E. Broad Street. Six months later, Judge Trimmer began studying law at Capital University while working full time. In December 1992 he graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in May. As an attorney, his first legal job was as a City Prosecutor in Athens, Ohio. He worked in that capacity until he became an Assistant Prosecutor for the City of Lancaster. In 2000, Judge Trimmer became Assistant Law Director and that was his position when he ran for Judge in 2003.

As municipal court Judge, Judge Trimmer has been elected three times by the people of Fairfield County. His first election was to fill an unexpired term. His current term does not expire until 2017. Judge Trimmer believes firmly in the principle of accountability and thus has increased the size of his probation staff to insure compliance with court sentences. He has revitalized the community service program where probationers spend more than 3,000 hours annually working on special projects. On February 14, 2007, Judge Trimmer started a drug court program known as "Fresh Start." The goal has been to support "hard core" drug users that are desirous of positive life change for the purpose of achieving long-term sobriety, employment, and stronger family relationships.

Finally, he has been working on a new courthouse since 2005 and is well on his way with that project. The new courthouse will be located in the very heart of downtown Lancaster and is anticipated to be completed in September, 2015. Of great importance is that the project is funded entirely out of special project money and not through taxation. The building should meet the municipal court's needs for at least the next eighty years.

Judge Patrick N. Harris


Judge Harris graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Computer Science. After earning his Juris Doctorate degree from the Ohio State University College of Law in 1991, he began his legal career with the Athens County Child Support Enforcement Agency and subsequently the Fairfield County Child Support Enforcement Agency.

In 1996, he joined the Lancaster City Prosecutor's Office before becoming an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Fairfield County Prosecutor's Office in 2000. Shortly thereafter, he became Fairfield County's first County Administrator, a position he held for three years before his election as Judge of the Fairfield County Municipal Court. He has served as Judge since December, 2003.

Judge Harris is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Fairfield County Bar Association. He is a member of the Ohio Municipal and County Court Judge's Association and sits as their representative on Mike DeWine and former Justice Evelyn Stratton's Task Force on Mental Illness and Criminal Justice. Judge Harris has operated a Mental Health Court since January, 2005.