Monroe County Ohio

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Probate Juvenile Court

101 N. Main St. Room 39
Woodsfield, Ohio 43793
(740) 472-1654 (Probate)
(740) 472-5790 (Juvenile)

Hours: Mon.,Tues.,Wed. and Fri. – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thurs – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Closed –Noon to 1:00 p.m. daily for lunch.

Closed on Federal Holidays

Hon. Clifford N. Sickler, Judge

Kimberly Ward, Juvenile Chief Deputy Clerk / Grant Administrator / Fiscal Officer
Judy D. Hamilton, Probate Chief Deputy Clerk
LaRinda Wickes, Assistant Deputy Clerk
Zach Tolzda, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
Lisa Carpenter, Assistant Deputy Clerk, Mentoring Coordinator
Alan Hamilton, Community Service Coordinator 


Clifford N. Sickler is Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Probate and Juvenile Division and has served in the position commencing 2013.

The primary duties of the Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division, are the administration of estates, creation and supervision of guardianship's, regulation of trusts, adoptions, marriage licenses, name changes, legitimization and mental illnesses.

Monroe County Court of Common Pleas, Probate DivisionThe Judge of the Probate Division also serves as the Clerk of Courts for Probate Division. The Chief Deputy Clerk for Probate Court is Judy D. Hamilton. Responsibilities of Chief Deputy Clerk includes maintaining/docketing all case files in the Probate Division, collecting/recording fees, Journaling and Archiving of Probate Ct. records, Supreme Court Report quarterly filings, maintaining Local Court Rules of Probate Division and Probate Court Investigator. 

The primary duties of Monroe County Probate Court: Estate Administration, Guardianship of Incompetents and Minors, Adoptions, Mental Illness, Trusts, Minor Settlements, Wrongful Deaths, Name Change, Birth Certificate Corrections, Marriage License/Wedding Ceremony and Will Deposit. 

Monroe County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division
The Monroe County Juvenile Court is mandated by law to deal with children who are delinquent, unruly neglected, dependent or abused.  The Court also has the authority to take appropriate action deemed to be in the best interest of children, while considering what is necessary for the protection of the community.

The Judge of the Juvenile Division also serves as the Clerk of Courts for the Juvenile Division.  The Chief Deputy Clerk for the Juvenile Division is Kimberly Ward.  Kimberly Ward supervises probation officers for the Juvenile Court, is acting Fiscal Officer, Grant Administrator, submits monthly, quarterly and annual reports to the State of Ohio Supreme Court,  is Court Administrator, handles all paperwork filed with the court by staff members, community agencies and entities involved in the juvenile justice system.  The Clerk’s Office protects and maintains all court files and is responsible for collecting and recording monetary transactions such as fines and court costs.

Mentor Program Coordinator / Deputy Clerk / Probation Officer, Lisa Carpenter:  Lisa serves as assistant to both Chief Deputy Clerks in both the Probate and Juvenile Divisions. Assists the Chief Probation Officer by performing supervision duties for the female juveniles.   As well as coordinates all activities concerning the Monroe County Youth Mentoring Program; recruiting efforts, screening and training of mentors, intake of mentee's, matching mentor/mentee relationships, monitors and counsels mentoring relationships, organize group activities, coordinates monthly/quarterly tracking of mentoring relationships, assists in implementation of mentoring grant and assists in juvenile case management.

Chief Probation Officer Zach Tolzda has primary responsibilities for the supervision of all juveniles on probation with the Court.  Alan Hamilton serves as Community Service Coordinator wherein juveniles currently on probation are required to perform various duties and work details as part of their responsibilities to the community.