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Desktop Guide for Juvenile Court Clerks

The Desktop Guide for Juvenile Court Clerks provides a general overview of the state laws, rules, and practices of which juvenile clerks should be aware. This manual was created with the input and review of clerks and judicial officers across the state. Although courts have final discretion, this resource can assist juvenile clerks to implement best practices and procedures that will impact the court’s caseflow and timeliness.

Clerks also can find additional educational opportunities provided free of charge through the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Judicial College. Brochures on upcoming educational sessions are distributed regularly to courts and the course schedule is on the Supreme Court’s website under “Judicial College.”

The Supreme Court of Ohio also hosts roundtable meetings for clerks. These roundtable meetings provide an opportunity for clerks to meet to share ideas, concerns, and triumphs. The meetings are facilitated by Supreme Court staff, but the topics are determined by the roundtable members. Clerks from all juvenile courts can attend roundtable meetings. The roundtable schedule is on the Court’s website under the “Office of Court Services.”

Additionally, clerks can take advantage of conferences and networking opportunities through the Juvenile Clerks Association.

Helpful Tips for Using this Desktop Guide

  • Review your court’s local rules for further details or practices used in your court.
  • Each section links to the legal and/or resource references used to describe the practices. Click on the links for further information.
  • Many sections have sample forms or charts that that can be implemented in local courts. Consult your judge prior to implementing any forms or procedures found in this manual.
  • This guide is not meant to be read from beginning to end. It is meant as a useful guide for a new clerk trying to learn, seasoned clerks needing a refresher, and all court personnel in between.
  • The most recent version of the guide will be on the Supreme Court’s website, under the Children and Families Section “Publications & Resources” page.
  • This publication will be updated as new legislation is passed or rules are adopted. If you notice anything that needs to be updated, contact the Children and Families Section at

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