Probate & Juvenile Court

Judge Jeffrey A. Strausbaugh

Defiance County
Court of Common Pleas

Judge Jeffrey A. Strausbaugh
Probate & Juvenile Division

Barbara A. Rath

Janet Davis-Dunbar
Court Administrator/Deputy Clerk

Brandi Froelich
Court Reporter/Deputy Clerk

Lisa Linebrink
Deputy Clerk

Katie Sunday
Deputy Clerk

Defiance County Courthouse
Third Floor
221 Clinton Street
Defiance, Ohio 43512
P: (419) 782-4181
F: (419) 783-4811

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

Probate Court

  • Adoption (Confidential)
  • Adult Protective Services (Confidential)
  • Birth Registrations/Corrections
  • Complaints For Civil Action
  • Disinterments
  • Estates
  • Guardianships & Conservatorships
  • Marriage Licenses
  • Mental Illnesses (Confidential)
  • Minor Settlement Cases
  • Name Changes
  • Testamentary Trusts
  • Wrongful Deaths

Juvenile Court

  • Contributing to Delinquency of a minor
  • Custody/Support/Paternity
  • Delinquency/Unruly (Confidential)
  • Dependency, Neglect & Abuse
  • Failure to Send Child to School
  • Traffic (Confidential)



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.

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