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 for Christmas

The Lake County Courthouse will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25 in observance of Christmas. The Courthouse will reopen at 8:00 am on Wednesday, December 26.

Courthouse closed for Thanksgiving

The Lake County Courthouse will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. The Courthouse will reopen at 8:00 am on Monday, November 26.

Courthouse closed for Veterans Day

The Courthouse will be closed on Monday, November 12 in observance of Veterans Day. The Courthouse will reopen at 8:00 am on Tuesday, November 13.

Courthouse closed for Columbus Day

The Courthouse will be closed on Monday, October 8 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The Courthouse will reopen at    8:00 am on Tuesday, October 9.

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.

The Domestic Relations Court Congratulates Jessica Wright, one of our GALs, on her Award

Lake County attorney Jessica Wright, who serves as Guardian ad Litem on cases in the Lake County Domestic Relations Court, received the Child Advocate of the Year Award, given at the Lake County Job and Family Service’s Pinwheels for Prevention Program, part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The video is available here: