Contact Information

Jeffrey A. Strausbaugh

Barbara A. Rath

Lisa M. Stiltner
Probate Court Administrator

Erin Spieth
Juvenile Court/Probation Administrator

Janet L. Dunbar
Deputy Clerk

Katie Sunday
Deputy Clerk

Amanda McClure
Deputy Clerk

Chelsea Cereghin
Deputy Clerk

Defiance County Court House
221 Clinton Street, Third Floor
Defiance, Ohio 43512

P: (419) 782-4181
F: (419) 783-4811

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Closed Saturday, Sunday & Legal Holidays

Defiance County Probate and Juvenile Court

Judge Jeffrey Strausbaugh
Barbara Rath


Phone Number
Court Hours
Phone: (419) 782-4181 Third Floor Monday-Friday
Fax: (419) 783-4811 221 Clinton Street 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  Defiance, OH 43512 (Except Legal Holidays)

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.


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.


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.


Lisa M. Stiltner, Probate Court Administrator
Janet L. Dunbar, Deputy Clerk
Erin J. Spieth, Administrator of Juvenile Court and Probation
Katie Sunday, Deputy Clerk
Amanda McClure, Deputy Clerk
Chelsea Cereghin, Deputy Clerk


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.


Defiance County prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation or political beliefs. Defiance County is also an equal opportunity employer.

Site Developed by Theano Point.