There are 88 Juvenile Courts in the state of Ohio, one for every county.
Matters of jurisdiction include delinquency, unruliness, traffic violations, child neglect, child abuse, dependent children, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and, in some instances, paternity, child support and child custody.
Jurisdiction is extended to children ages birth to eighteen years of age (disabled youth enjoy extended jurisdiction) who are either legal residents of Geauga County, or have allegedly committed an offense within Geauga County. Although jurisdiction in matters of delinquency can extend until a youth’s 21st birthday, the delinquent act MUST have been committed prior to the youth’s eighteenth birthday.
The Geauga County Juvenile Court consists of one Judge (Timothy J. Grendell), Magistrate (Abbey King), the Court Administrator (Kim Laurie), one Constable (John Ralph), clerical and administrative staff, and a Probation Department.
The Probation Department consists of the Director of Probation (Beth Williams), two Probation Officers (Stephanie Voss and Heather Mountsier), and one Intake Officer/Diversion Program Coordinator. For more information, click the link below.
Juvenile Probation Information
The Resource Center (the Victor Y, Matthews Family Life Improvement Resource Center) provides various service, including case management, referrals, supervised parenting time, mediation, and parenting education and support. For more information, click the link below.
Resource Center Information
The Help Center provides non-legal assistance to persons who appear before the court and are not represented by an attorney. The assistance consists of legal information and preparation of forms. For more information, click the link below.
Help Center Information
The Court Constable provides assistance to jurists and court staff as needed, including court security backup, process server, case monitor/enforcer, and community outreach.
The Bailiffs - the Court boasts a dedicated staff of bailiffs, supervised by John Ralph.
Other Related Court Services
Portage Geauga Detention Center - this is a locked, secure facility accessible by jurist order only for youth either adjudicated delinquent or taken into custody by a law enforcement entity with judicial approval - offers psychological testing and related services as ordered. For more information, click the link below.
Detention Center Information.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) - provides guardians ad litem for children who are abused, neglected, or dependent as well as some unruly and delinquent children. For more information, click the link below.
Help Center Information Sheet - The Guardian Ad Litem
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