What are the Court’s office hours?
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m except for legal holidays. The Probate/Juvenile Court office does not close for lunch.
What forms of payment does the Court accept?
Juvenile Court accepts: cash, check (with photo ID), money orders and Visa/Mastercard credit cards.
Note: When sending a payment to the Court by mail, please indicate exactly to whom you want the payment applied.
Where do I send my payment?
Our address is:
201 Willipie Street, Suite 103
Wapakoneta, OH 45895
Can the Court recommend an attorney?
The Court is not permitted to make any recommendations on attorneys.
Can the Court advise me how to proceed or what to file in my case?
The clerks are not permitted to give you any legal advice or practice law.
Can I get a Court appointed attorney?
The Court cannot appoint an attorney in all matters, only offenses or actions involving possible jail time are eligible for a Court appointed attorney. You may contact the Public Defender’s office (419)738-7111. If your hearing does not involve possible jail time, you will need to provide your own attorney if you wish to have one.
Do I need to have an attorney to file anything with the Court?
You can act as your own attorney, however, the clerks are not permitted to give you any advice as to what you should file and how you should file it as that would be giving legal advice.
The only case that requires an attorney is an adoption.
How can I continue my hearing?
The clerks cannot continue a hearing over the phone. All requests for continuances must be submitted in writing and within a reasonable amount of time before the hearing is set giving enough time for the other parties to respond.
Does the Court have any forms?
The Juvenile Court does not provide any forms, with a couple exceptions. We do have a Pro-Se packet available for custody, parentage, support and visitation matters. We also have forms available for Grandparent Power of Attorney and Child Care Authorization Affidavit.
My child received a traffic citation, do we need to appear in Court or can a bond be posted?
All Juvenile Traffic Citations are required to appear in Court with the exception of Seat Belt Violations. You will be notified by certified mail of the date and time, your child will need to appear. The juveniles and at least one parent are required to appear in Court. Traffic Court is normally held only on Friday’s at 9:00 a.m.
If the child is a resident of another County, the Court will transfer the citation to the county of residence.
For Seat Belt Violations, a letter will be sent to you indicating what your fines and costs will be and when it is due by.
My child’s operator’s license was suspended, what do I need when picking it up?
If the suspension was less than 7 days in length, the parent or child can pick the license up at the Court when the suspension has concluded.
If the suspension was greater than 7 days in length, you will need to bring with you proof of current automobile insurance. We also suggest that you contact the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles at (614)752-6776 to determine whether you need to comply with any conditions imposed by them.
If the suspension is 90 days or greater and you received driving privileges, you may pick your license up at the Court at the conclusion of the suspension. We will need to see proof of current automobile insurance and a copy of a certificate of completion of a juvenile driver intervention program. We also suggest that you contact the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles at (614)752-6776 to determine whether you need to comply with any conditions imposed by them.
If the suspension is 90 days or greater and you did not receive driving privileges, you will need to contact the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles at (614)752-6776 to determine whether you need to comply with any conditions imposed by them.