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
Valeda A. Slone - Clerk of Court

About the Judges

Judge David Trimmer

Judge James A. Fields

Judge Patrick Harris

Judge Patrick N. Harris

Judge James A. Fields

Judge Fields has been Fairfield County Municipal Court Judge since April 30, 2015.

He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies in 1985 from Earlham College, in Richmond, Indiana, and obtained his Juris Doctorate in 1988 from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.  He was admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of Ohio in 1988, the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio in 1989, and the United States Supreme Court in 2006.  He  is a member of the Fairfield County Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, and the Ohio State Bar Association.  He is a past board member of various organizations in Fairfield County.  He has been a speaker for the Ohio State Bar Association, "Juvenile Competency", and for 3 years was involved in the Ohio Supreme Court Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program. 

Judge Fields is a 14-year participant in girls athletic coaching, including Varsity and JV basketball, AAU Basketball and select soccer.

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.