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Magistrates have a significant role at the Juvenile Court.  Generally, a hearing before a Magistrate is conducted in the same fashion as a hearing before a Judge.  Each Magistrate may (1) issue subpoenas; (2) rule on the admissibility of evidence; and (3) place witnesses under oath and examine them.

Magistrates conduct hearings necessary to decide referred matters.  Magistrates’ decisions are filed with the Clerk, who is required to serve copies on the parties or their attorneys.

Twenty-one full-time Magistrates are employed by the Juvenile Court.  Each of the six Judges has two Magistrates: one who hears delinquency and unruly matters and one who resolves abuse, dependency and neglect filings and private custody matters.

The Juvenile Court also employs nine Magistrates who hear cases for multiple Judges.  Six of the court Magistrates hear paternity and support matters.  Two conduct hearings with respect to which children are alleged to be juvenile traffic offenders.  One Magistrate conducts detention center arraignment hearings and presides over several specialty court dockets.

Administrative Judge Kristin W. Sweeney

Magistrate Jeff Ehrbar – Delinquency / Unruly

Magistrate Nancy McMillen – A/D/N and Private Custody

Honorable Patrick F. Corrigan

Magistrate Peter Murray – Delinquency / Unruly

Magistrate Jodi Wallace – A/D/N and Private Custody

Judge Alison L. Floyd

Magistrate Retanio Rucker – Delinquency / Unruly

Magistrate Pamela Morton – A/D/N and Private Custody

Judge Thomas F. O’Malley

Magistrate Terease Neff – Delinquency / Unruly

Magistrate Eleanore Hilow – A/D/N and Private Custody

Judge Michael J. Ryan
Magistrate Shiela Turner McCall - Delinquency/Unruly
Magistrate Gregory Millas - A/D/N and Private Custody
Judge Denise N. Rini
Magistrate Je'Nine Nickerson - Delinquency/ Unruly
Magistrate Richard Graham - A/D/N and Private Custody

Support / Paternity Establishment

Magistrate Holley Madigan (Judges Sweeney and Ryan)                     

Magistrate Ellen Leonetti  (Judges Floyd and Rini)                             

Magistrate John Menzies (Judges O’Malley and Corrigan)

Support Enforcement

Magistrate Charles Wochna (Judges Sweeney and Ryan)

Magistrate Gerard Kovacik (Judges Floyd and Rini)                             

Magistrate Howard Dunn (Judges O’Malley and Corrigan)                     



Magistrate John Smerillo

Magistrate Darlene Amato

DH Arraignment / Delinquency Drug Ct.
Magistrate Elizabeth Howe

Re-Entry Ct.

Magistrate Terease Neff

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9300 Quincy Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 443-8400