Hardin County Juvenile Court
• One Courthouse Sq, Ste 210
Kenton, Ohio 43326 •
(419) 674-2233 Fax: (419) 675-2941

Hardin County Juvenile Court

The Juvenile Division of the Hardin County Common Pleas Court, located on the Second Floor of the Hardin County Courthouse in Kenton, Ohio, is dedicated to impartial justice, community well-being, and partnerships that empower and support youth and families by providing respectful, quality and timely services.

Hardin County Court House

The Juvenile Court hears cases involving persons under 18 years of age for:

  • Being an unruly child (truant, tobacco use, curfew)
  • An abused, dependent, and neglected child
  • Traffic violations
  • Educational neglect
  • Civil protection orders (CPO)
  • Felony and misdemeanor offenses (delinquent child)

The Court also hears adult cases involving contributing to the delinquency of a minor and custody, child support, and visitation of unmarried parents (paternity).

Although there is a court of common pleas in each of Ohio's 88 counties, Hardin County is one of 71 courts that have both a probate and juvenile division. The Courts of Common Pleas are established by the Ohio Constitution in Article IV, Section 1, while the Juvenile Courts are specialized divisions which were created by the Ohio Revised Code.

Judges of the Courts of Common Pleas are elected in odd-numbered years to six year terms on a nonpartisan ballot. A person must be an attorney licensed to practice law for at least six years to be eligible to be elected or appointed as a judge. The Governor makes appointments to fill vacancies in courts of common pleas that occur between elections.

Legal Holidays are per the Hardin County Handbook: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, and Christmas Day.
**Note: If the above holiday falls on a Saturday, the Court will be closed the Friday before the holiday. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the Court will be closed the Monday after the holiday.


8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Closed on Legal Holidays *
* Per Hardin County Handbook


One Courthouse Square
Suite 210
Kenton, Ohio 43326


Phone: (419) 674-2233
Fax: (419) 675-2941