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Probate and Juvenile Court

Welcome to the Defiance County Probate and Juvenile Court with the Honorable Jeffrey A. Strausbaugh presiding as Judge and Barbara A. Rath presiding as Magistrate.

Judge Jeffrey A. Strausbaugh

Jeffrey A. Strausbaugh, Judge

Barbara A. Rath, Magistrate

Barbara A. Rath, Magistrate

Defiance County Probate Court

The Defiance County Probate Court handles all filings and hearings for the admission of wills; the administration of decedents’ estates; applications for and administration of guardianships and conservatorships; adoptions; adult protective services actions; birth registrations and corrections; complaints for civil actions; disinterments; mental illnesses; minor settlement cases; name changes; testamentary trusts; and wrongful death actions. Additionally, this Court issues marriage licenses.

The Defiance County Probate Court is staffed by an Administrator, Lisa M. Stiltner, and a Deputy Clerk, Janet L. Dunbar.

Defiance County Juvenile Court

The Defiance County Juvenile Court handles the filing and processing of the following types of matters: juvenile delinquency and unruly cases; juvenile traffic offenses; abuse, neglect and dependency cases; paternity, custody and child support actions; failure to send child(ren) to school (Adults) cases; and contributing to the delinquency/unruliness of a minor (Adults) cases.

The Defiance County Juvenile Court is staffed by an Administrator, Erin Spieth, and Deputy Clerks, Katie Sunday, Amanda McClure and Chelsea Cereghin.

Legal Disclaimer
The information provided in this web site is a time sensitive copy of certain records and may not reflect the most recent updates to the actual records. The Defiance County Probate and Juvenile Court shall not be liable for losses or damages resulting from errors, omissions, or discrepancies in these records. The official records are located in the Defiance County Probate and Juvenile Court, Third Floor of the Defiance County Courthouse, 221 Clinton Street, Defiance, Ohio 43512. The Defiance County Probate and Juvenile Court personnel are prohibited by law to provide legal advice or assist in filling out forms.