Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability
This site is provided by the Wayne County Ohio Probate and Juvenile Court on an "as is" and "as available" basis. The Wayne County Ohio Probate and Juvenile Court makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of this site or the information, content, materials, or products included on this site. You expressly agree that your use of this site is at your sole risk.
The information contained on this web site is not legal advice, nor should it substitute for the assistance of a qualified attorney. Legal practice in Ohio is restricted to attorneys who are licensed by the Supreme Court of Ohio. In order to become a licensed attorney in the State of Ohio, persons must obtain a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, they must obtain a juris doctorate degree from an accredited college of law, they must then pass the bar examination administered by the Ohio Supreme Court. If an adult wishes to represent themselves in court, that person may do so. Parents may speak for their minor children, but they are not permitted to represent their minor children as an attorney unless they are themselves a licensed attorney. Persons who are incapable of paying a private attorney may qualify for an appointed attorney paid for by the taxpayers.
Limitations on Court Staff
The forms and instructions provided on this web site are provided as a public service to you. The employees of the court including deputy clerks are not attorneys and therefore cannot answer questions about the legal issues you, your family or your child may be facing.
Gov. Bar R. VII, sec. 2(A) defines the unauthorized practice of law as the "rendering of legal services for another by any person not admitted to practice in Ohio under Rule I and not granted active status under Rule VI, or certified under Rule II, Rule IX, or Rule XI of the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio." The definition of the unauthorized practice of law is further developed on a case-by-case basis by the Supreme Court of Ohio.
It is illegal for the court staff to give you advice on legal issues. The Supreme Court of Ohio enforces the rules against the unauthorized practice of law.
If someone on our staff declines to give you information on the choice of form to use to advance your case, how to fill out the forms, or what steps you should or should not take in your case, please realize they are declining to advise you on legal issues. Please do not perceive the court staff as being unwilling to be help to you. They are merely executing their sworn responsibility to follow the law.
Please seek the advice of a licensed attorney if you have questions about your legal rights and responsibilities.
Nothing on this web site constitutes an official record of the Wayne County Probate and Juvenile Court. The official public records of the Court may be examined at the Wayne County Probate and Juvenile Court 107 West Liberty Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691. Some records of the Court are not public records and are not available for examination.
This web site includes links to other sites on the Internet that are not controlled or sponsored by the Wayne County Probate and Juvenile Court. The Court has included these links to give you access to other organizations with information that may be of value as an educational or reference tool. The Court takes no responsibility for the views, content or accuracy of this information nor do we endorse any content or products that may be advertised or noted on the linked web sites.
By visiting the Wayne County Ohio Probate and Juvenile Courts' web site you are accepting the practices described in this notice.
The court contracts with other companies and individuals to perform functions on its behalf. For example, the court may hire a company or individuals to develop a computer program, help maintain the court's computer network, or process online transactions. These parties have access to non-public information needed to perform their functions, but are prohibited from using it for other purposes.
Visitors should be aware that, subject to certain statutory exceptions, many, but not all documents and records maintained by Wayne County Ohio Probate and Juvenile Court, including, but not limited to, electronic data, are public records under Ohio law. Therefore, information submitted through this web site may be subject to disclosure pursuant to a public records request.
The information contained on this web site is not legal advice, nor should it substitute for the assistance of a qualified attorney. Good legal assistance can speed up the court process and prevent costly legal errors.