Lorain County Domestic Relations & Juvenile Court

If your child ever faces charges in juvenile court, you should absolutely hire a Lorain County juvenile crimes lawyer to defend them. Juvenile charges can change your child’s life. Often, these charges are brought by inexperienced prosecutors who are just being taught, for the first time, how to prosecute cases. That’s right. In the vast majority of cases, your child has been charged by a prosecutor who has virtually no experience in the criminal justice system.

What does this mean? It means that you need to fight, and fight aggressively, to protect your child’s freedom and their future. Our Lorain County defense lawyers have decades of experience handling juvenile criminal cases. We can help.

Experienced Lorain County Domestic Relations & Juvenile Court Attorneys

The juvenile justice system is one of the most complicated, misunderstood systems around. Juveniles are not given the same rights as adults, so the risk is greater.

As an example of juveniles not having the same right, we look at the fact that juveniles do not have an automatic right to a trial by jury. This means that almost all cases have to be tried to a single judge.

Also, in juvenile cases there is no right to a bond or bail. A juvenile is either held in the detention center while their case is pending, released on home detention, or released to their parents. This, coupled with the fact that there is no right to a speedy trial for a juvenile, could mean that the child could sit in detention for years before their case is even heard in the courtroom.

Department of Family Court Services

Family Court Services is comprised of Family Court Services, Domestic Support, and the Voices for Children program. These departments serve both Domestic Relations and Juvenile Courts.

Department of Probation and Youth Services

The Department of Probation and Youth Services provides a continuum of services to address the needs of Lorain County’s unruly and delinquent youth and their families while taking necessary measures to address public safety when necessary.

The Department of Probation and Youth Services offers services to youth and families independently and in partnership with other Lorain County agencies serving youth and families. Our youth and families present with diverse needs during all phases of their involvement with us.

Note that the service/programming descriptions below begin with our programming designed to address youth conduct concerns without formal court involvement and extend to services for youth whose offenses warranted formal court involvement and some level of court supervision following adjudication and/or disposition.

Juvenile Intake Department

The Juvenile Intake Department, located at the Detention Home, performs several functions for the Court. This unit handles the following:

  • Unofficial complaints
  • First offense shoplifting cases
  • Tobacco violations
  • Arraignments on official status and domestic violence charges
  • Unofficial hearings for intervention and diversion purposes
  • The Intake magistrates are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to law enforcement’s requests for admissions to the Lorain County Juvenile Detention Home, Turning Point Youth Shelter, as well as transport of youth to the Assessment Center.


Diversion Services are provided to youth and families with the belief that these youth will course correct away from unruly or delinquent behavior without formal court involvement if their needs are effectively addressed. Assessment and Diversion Specialists link youth and families with community service providers who address identified basic, medical, physical, educational, behavioral health, social, SUD needs.

Bellefaire / JOP

The Juvenile Offender Project (JOP) is a collaborative effort between the Court, the Integrated Services Partnership of Lorain County, the Mental Health, Addiction, and Recovery (MHARS) Board, and Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau. This partnership provides an extensive assessment and psychological evaluation for juveniles currently involved with the Court, primarily for offenses of violence that have exhibited significant mental health symptoms.

The evaluation is comprised of multiple testing tools, an assessment of the family system, a thorough review of medical charts and reports from previous service providers and school systems. The assessments may be done by Bellefaire JCB or a contracted service provider. Community resources are recommended and support services are put in place to assist the juvenile as well as the family.

Bellefaire also provides a JOP residential bed in collaboration with the Children’s Continuum of Care Committee (4C) when the need for inpatient treatment is indicated.

Address & Information

Physical Address

225 Court Street
Elyria, OH 44035


M-F 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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