Probate/Juvenile Court - Judge Deborah G. Lang

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Judge Deborah G. Lang

The Probate-Juvenile Divisions of the Licking County Common Pleas Court

1 North Park Place
Newark, Ohio 43055

Hours: (M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Phone: (740) 670-5624
Probate Fax: (740) 670-5880
Juvenile Fax:
(740) 670-5881

NOTICE: As a result of the novel corona virus (covid-19), the Licking County Juvenile Court is temporarily accepting electronic court filings by email at All electronic filings must be followed up with an original document by regular mail or in person. If you have questions, please contact Rhonda Sorrell, Chief Deputy Clerk at 740-670-5624.


Entrance to the Courthouse is located on the southeast side(door closest to Wendy's) of the building at street level. A security screening is required prior to entrance. Cell phones are not permitted in the building.

Probate-Juvenile Court

In each of Ohio's eighty-eight (88) counties there is a juvenile court and a separate probate court, both of which are divisions within that county's common pleas court. In the majority of Ohio's counties, the probate judge serves also as the juvenile court judge.

Juvenile Court

Juvenile courts in Ohio were not created statewide until around 1906. Today, juvenile courts have jurisdiction to hear cases of alleged delinquency, unruliness, juvenile traffic offenders; juvenile tobacco offenders; cases of alleged child abuse, neglect and dependency usually initiated by a county children services agency when children have been removed from their homes because of their condition or environment; and private complaints for custody. Juvenile courts also have jurisdiction to hear certain adult criminal cases (misdemeanors only) such as criminal non-support, contributing to the delinquency or unruliness of a child, child endangering and sexual imposition when the stated victim is a minor child. All adult criminal cases heard by a juvenile court are open to the public.

Purpose Statement

The Licking County Juvenile Court administers justice and provides quality services to offenders and their families, to victims, and to the citizens of the community. The Court emphasizes:

  • Holding youth accountable for their actions.
  • Providing victims with a voice in the justice process.
  • Protecting the public interest and safety.
  • Building healthy communities for healthy youth.
  • Providing for the care, protection, and mental and physical development of the children who are within the jurisdiction of the court.

The efforts of our court reflect a proactive approach to developing and supporting partnerships in all facets of the Licking County community.

Probate Court

The term "probate" comes from the Latin word probatio, meaning "to prove", wherein matters in early English religious courts were proven before an ecclesiastical judge. Early American probate courts may be traced back to English Courts of Chancery and ecclesiastical, or religious courts, which had jurisdiction over the probate of wills, administration of estates and guardianships. Today's Probate Court has jurisdiction to hear over two hundred (200) separate kinds of cases. They include the administration of decedent's estates, consent for medical treatment, the appointment of guardians for minors and incapacitated adults and the supervision of their property, civil involuntary commitments of the mentally ill, adoptions, birth record corrections and registrations, changes of name, issuance of marriage licenses, supervision of testamentary trusts (those created by will) and interpretation and enforcement of inter vivos trusts (those created during a person's lifetime), land appropriations, will constructions and will contests. With the exception of adoptions and hearings involving the involuntary hospitalization of the mentally ill, probate court hearings are open to the public and probate court records are public records.
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