Public Notice: The Comment Period for Revised Local Rule 14 extends to April 22, 2019

The Lake County Domestic Relations Court has revised Local Rule 14: Mediation. In keeping with the Ohio Rules of Superintendence, the public comment period extends to April 22, 2019. All comments must be in writing.

To view the public notice, including instructions on how to submit comments, click here.

Local Rule 14.01: Mediation has been revised, effective March 17, 2019.

The Lake County Domestic Relations Court has revised Local Rule 14.01: Mediation. For the full text of the Rule, click here.

**Legal Aid Clinic CANCELLED**

The Legal Aid Clinic scheduled for Wednesday, January 30, 2019 has been cancelled due to the severity of the weather.  Cases will be rescheduled.

ATTENTION: New Child Support Guidelines in effect March 28, 2019.

Ohio’s Revised Child Support Guidelines are Effective on March 28, 2019.

For more information, click here.

Courthouse Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The Lake County Courthouse will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Courthouse will reopen at 8:00 am on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Please vote NO on State Issue 1

For more information regarding State Issue 1, please refer to these articles:

Issue 1 would make Ohio a haven for drug dealers

Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor urges vote against Ohio Issue 1

Ohioans should vote no on Issue 1

Issue 1 News Release 10-30-18

For Our Children Class Registration

Online registration is now available for For Our Children classes.  Click on “Classes” link at the top of page to register.

Courthouse Closed on Friday, June 15, 2018

The Lake County Courthouse and West Annex (Probate) will be closed on Friday, June 15, 2018, due to water main work by the City of Painesville.

Judge Falkowski and DR Court Staff attend annual Law Day Breakfast

Judge Colleen A. Falkowski and the staff of the Domestic Relations Court congratulate the winners of this year’s President’s Award and Liberty Bell Award, presented during the Lake County Bar Association’s annual Law Day Breakfast on May 1, 2018.

Liberty Bell Award winner Caroline “Connie” Luhta, the owner of Concord Air Park and Concord Township trustee, was honored for her service to the legal community over the years, serving on the Grievance Committee as the non-lawyer member.

President’s Award winner Attorney Michael Lucas was honored for his years of legal practice, along with the respect and collegiality that he fosters in the legal community. The award is given to a local attorney who has provided outstanding leadership and service to the community and within the legal profession.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Patrick Fischer gave the keynote address, in which he discussed the meaning of the doctrine of Separation of Powers, and especially the importance of the Judicial Branch. He paid homage to the Founding Fathers who crafted our system of government with intrinsic checks and balances; thanked all of the members of the judiciary in attendance; and expressed a hope for a better understanding of these coequal branches in the future.

Below are some images from this event.



Connie Luhta                                        Mike Lucas



Mike Lucas                                           Justice Patrick Fischer

Judge Falkowski Speaks at Annual Pinwheels for Prevention

Judge Falkowski spoke at the annual Pinwheels for Prevention program on April 11, part of Nation Child Abuse Prevention Month. She asked all residents of Lake County to be vigilant and look out for the safety of children in our community. Each pinwheel planted outside the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services represents a Lake County child who has been served throughout the prior year. The full article is available here.