Juvenile & Probate Courts
Juvenile Court General Information
Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, all matters of record shall be preserved by electronic recording. Anyone wishing to have a written transcript of a proceeding shall contact the court reporter and request the same in writing.
|The rates per page to be charged by the Court Reporter for transcribed proceedings are established as follows:|
|Original (for filing with the court) & one copy||$4.75 per page|
|Minimum Transcript Fee||$50.00|
|Expedited Transcript Fee||$75.00|
A deposit is required by the Court Reporter upon the request of a transcript. In the absence of an express agreement to the contrary, an attorney who has ordered a transcript on behalf of a client will be liable for services rendered by the Court Reporter.
All rights to said transcripts are reserved by the Court Reporter; all others are prohibited from making copies of the same.
Any juvenile required to appear before this Court shall appear in person and be accompanied by a parent or legal custodian. If a juvenile appears at Court without a parent or legal custodian, the Court may reschedule such hearing to allow parent or legal custodian to appear or appoint a Guardian Ad Litem for the child and assess the cost of the same to the parent or legal custodian.
A written denial may be filed by counsel in lieu of appearance of a juvenile for arraignment. Said denial shall be filed prior to the scheduled arraignment
Exception: The Court will not accept a written denial in lieu of appearance with regard to any sexual offense or OVI charge. Appearance by the juvenile and parent/legal custodian is mandatory.
A party who requests findings of fact and conclusions of law shall also file, within ten (10) days after filing said request with the Court, a proposed findings of fact and conclusion of law and submit a copy thereof to opposing counsel. Opposing counsel shall then, within ten (10) days, submit any objections thereto and/or his/her proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law.
Failure of any party to request, submit or object to the findings within said time frame constitutes a waiver of the same
Any party to a juvenile court proceeding who wishes to have a hearing closed to the media and/or general public, shall file a written motion requesting closure and setting forth with particularity the reasons for closure that are in accordance with the Ohio Supreme Court decisions in State ex. rel. Dispatch Printing Company v. Lias(1994), 68 Ohio St. 3d 497 and In re. T.R., (1990), 52 Ohio St. 3d 6 and the authorities of Press-Enterprise v. Supreme Court of California, 464 U.S. 501 (1983), andPress-Enterprise v. Superior Court, 478 U.S. 1 (1986). Motions which do not set forth the required particularity will be summarily overruled.
All written motions seeking closure of the Court to the media and/or general public must be filed at least seven (7) days prior to any hearing the moving parties are requesting to be closed to the media and/or general public. Exceptions to the seven day requirement may be granted by leave of court. The moving party must also serve a copy of its written motion upon the following entities: The Columbus Dispatch, c/o Zeiger and Carpenter, Attorneys-At-Law, 1600 Huntington Center, 41 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215; The Lancaster Eagle Gazette, 138 West Chestnut Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130 and Channels 4, 6 and 10 of the local television stations.
Unless summarily overruled, the Court will set a hearing regarding closure of the Court and will provide at least 48 hours advanced notice of the date and time of the hearing to the media referenced above, who shall be given the full opportunity to participate in the closure hearing.
Appointed counsel shall submit an application for fees no later than 60 days from the date of disposition, or in post-adjudicatory matters, 60 days from the date of the last action. Any applications submitted after this deadline will be denied payment.
Said fee application shall have a copy of the application for attorney and entry of appointment attached. Counsel shall file the original, plus three copies with the Court.
Counsel shall comply with the above duties unless specifically excused by the Court.
Having concurrent jurisdiction of custody matters with the Fairfield County Domestic Relations Court and pursuant to an agreement with said Court, this Court shall handle only those custody cases involving a transfer of custody to non-related parties. All other custody matters will be handled through the Fairfield County Domestic Court.
Temporary custody cases involving non-related parties may be filed in this Court using the form packet available in the clerk's office. Upon filing, the Court will have a home investigator visit the home of the party requesting custody.
If all parties are in agreement and all consents, waivers and required documentation has been submitted to the Court, the matter will be scheduled for a non-oral hearing. Upon receipt of a favorable home investigation, the Court will grant the temporary custody. If the Court is not in receipt of all consents, waivers and required documentation, the matter will be scheduled for an oral hearing and all parties will be required to attend.
Temporary custody will be granted for a one-year period. Prior to the expiration of the temporary custody order, a request for the extension of the temporary custody, along with signed consents & waivers of all parties, may be filed with the Court. If no such request is filed, the Court will schedule the matter for hearing.
Any party ordered to make reimbursement to the Court for support of a child placed in detention and/or foster shall do so at the minimum rate of $5.00 per day or pursuant to the Child Support Guidelines, whichever rate is greater.
Parents or legal custodian of any child placed in foster or detention shall be responsible for the cost of the same in full if there is no previous court order setting the rate of reimbursement. A review of the same for modification will be conducted upon submission of financial information of the parties to the probation department.
A probation services fee shall be assessed against any juvenile placed on probation by this Court.
Any juvenile having an informal citation filed against them in this Court shall be charged a probation service fee for the same.
Bank Transaction Records, whether paper or electronic, shall be retained for four (4) years or until the issuance of two audit reports, whichever is later.
Cash Books, including receipt and disbursement records, shall be retained for four (4) years or until the issuance of two audit reports, whichever is later.
Communication Records, including routine telephone messages on any medium where official action will be recorded elsewhere, may be destroyed in the normal course of business as soon as they are considered of no value by the person holding the record.
Correspondence and General Office Records, including all sent and received correspondence, in any medium may be destroyed in the normal course of business as soon as they are considered of no value by the person holding the record.
Drafts and Informal Notes, consisting of transitory information used to prepare the official record in any form may be destroyed in the normal course of business as soon as they are considered of no value by the person holding the record.
Employment Applications shall be retained for two (2) years.
Employee Benefit, Leave, History and Discipline Records, shall be retained for ten (10) years after the employee’s employment has been terminated.
Fiscal Records, including but not limited to copies of the transactional budgeting, unclaimed funds, records, payment of jurors and witnesses, shall be retained for four (4) years or until the issuance of two audit reports, whichever is later.
Grant Records shall be retained for four (4) years or until the issuance of two audit reports, whichever is later.
Payroll Records shall be retained for four (4) years or until the issuance of two audit reports, whichever is later.
Publications received may be destroyed in the normal course of business as soon as they are considered of no value by the person holding the record.
Receipt and Balance Records shall be retained for four (4) years or until the issuance of two audit reports, whichever is later.
Request for Proposals, Bids and Resulting Contracts received in response to requests for proposals, bids and resulting contracts shall be retained for four (4) years or until the issuance of two audit reports, whichever is later.
Delinquency and Adult Records shall be retained for fifty (50) years after the final order of the juvenile division or one (1) year after the issuance of an audit report by the Auditor of State, whichever is later.
Permanent Custody, Custody, Parentage, Visitation, Support Enforcement, Abuse, Neglect, Dependency and URESA records shall be retained for two (2) years after the child who is the subject of the case obtains the age of majority. If post-decree motions have been filed, records shall be retained for one year after the adjudication of the post-decree motion or the date specified for said case file as set forth herein, whichever is later.
Search Warrant records shall be indexed and the warrants and returns retained in their original form for five (5) years after the date of service or last service attempt.
Traffic, Unruly, Marriage Consents and School Withdrawal recordsshall be retained for two (2) years after the final order of the juvenile division or one year after the issuance of an audit report by the Auditor of State, whichever is later. Minor misdemeanor traffic records shall be retained for twenty-five (25) years after the final order of the juvenile division. All other traffic records shall be retained for fifty (50) years after the final order of the juvenile division.