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Welcome to the Sandusky County Juvenile Court’s website, which was recently updated through the assistance of an Ohio Supreme Court Technology Grant, and the hard work of our incredible Court Staff!

In 1902, Ohio became the fifth state to create a separate Juvenile Court Division within the Common Pleas Courts. Before that time, juveniles as young as 7 years old were considered criminally responsible for their actions and could be treated as adult offenders. In Sandusky County, I serve jointly as Judge of the Juvenile Court and Probate Court simultaneously.

Judge Brad Smith

Judge Brad Smith

My judicial role in Juvenile Court is to oversee the administration of cases related to juvenile delinquents, juvenile traffic offenders, unruly children, custody/visitation/child support matters related to children whose parents were never married, adult charges for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and cases where the local Children Services Agency files an allegation of abuse, neglect or dependency. With the assistance of my Magistrates, we make Findings of Facts and issue Orders in these various types of cases, where the consideration of what is in the “best interest of the child” is always our primary concern. We pride ourselves in giving children and parents chances… but also in holding them accountable for their actions.

Although it is my duty to settle disputes based on the facts and the law, coupled with some judicial discretion, I always encourage the citizens of Sandusky County to make a sincere effort to settle disputes amongst those involved or through mediation, as opposed to creating the ill-will and expense associated with prolonged litigation in Court. Remember, conflict can’t survive without your participation!

Thank you for the honor and privilege of serving as your Sandusky County Juvenile & Probate Court Judge since 2009…

This website was developed with monies awarded to the Court through the 2017 Ohio Supreme Court Technology Grant.

JUVENILE COURT NEWS

Sandusky County Deputy Clerk

Sandusky County Juvenile/Probate Court is accepting applications for a full-time Deputy Clerk. Example of minimum acceptable qualifications includes: Associate Degree in Legal Practices or closely related field OR 2 years of experience as a deputy clerk or legal secretary. Excellent communication, organizational, computer and clerical skills are required. MUST have the ability to effectively communicate with co-workers and various outside personnel in a consistently friendly manner. Must be able to follow detailed directions and be multi-task oriented.

Work duties include: Receives and prepares various legal documents and processes filings; dockets cases; prepares journal entries regarding cases and reviews cases for procedural compliance; prepares correspondence and notices and sends as directed; receives payments; issues and posts receipts; answers telephones and public inquiries; and operates general office machines. Starting wage is $12.25 per hour, plus all standard County Benefits. Interested individuals may apply by application and resume to: Sandusky County Human Resource Office, 622 Croghan Street, Fremont, Ohio or go to www.sandusky-county.com, under county departments select Human Resources and complete the online application. Deadline for applications is June 1, 2018 or until filled. EOE.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I PERSONALLY WANT TO THANK MY JUVENILE DEPUTY CLERKS FOR ALL OF THEIR HARD WORK AND INPUT IN DEVELOPING OUR WEBSITE AND LOCAL FORMS – JUDGE BRAD SMITH

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