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 Thomas F. O'Malley
(216) 443-8419

Magistrate Kenneth Lusnia
 - Delinquency/Unruly

Magistrate Anne McDonough -

Magistrate Eleanore Hilow
 - A/D/N

Judge Patrick F. Corrigan
(216) 443-8415  

Magistrate Peter Murray - Delinquency/Unruly

Magistrate Jodi Wallace - A/D/N
  Judge Alison L. Floyd
(216) 443-8405

Magistrate Retanio Rucker - Delinquency/Unruly

Magistrate Pamela Morton - A/D/N
Judge Kristin W. Sweeney
(216) 443-8411 

Magistrate Jeff Ehrbar - Delinquency/Unruly

Magistrate Daniel Bartos - A/D/N

Judge Michael J. Ryan

(216) 443-5818

Magistrate Tracy Peebles - Delinquency/Unruly,
Reentry Court Jurist

Magistrate Ginny Millas - A/D/N

Judge Jennifer L. O'Malley

(216) 443-8407

Magistrate Holly M. Welsh - Delinquency/Unruly

Magistrate Mollie A. Murphy - A/D/N

Support/Paternity Establishment

  • Magistrate Ellen Leonetti (Judges Floyd and J. O'Malley)
  • Magistrate Holley Madigan (Judges Sweeney and Ryan)
  • Magistrate Elizabeth Howe (Judges Corrigan and T. O'Malley)

Support Enforcement

  • Magistrate Mary Bush (Judges Sweeney, T. O'Malley and Ryan)
  • Magistrate Gerard Kovacik (Judges Floyd, Ryan and J. O'Malley)  

Private Custody

  • Magistrate Lynne Chavers (Judges Sweeney and Ryan)  
  • Magistrate Thomas Robinson (Judges Corrigan and T. O'Malley)
  • Magistrate Danielle Williams (Judges Floyd and J. O'Malley)  


  • Magistrate Darlene Amato (Judges Floyd, Ryan and J. O'Malley) 
  • Magistrate John Smerillo (Judges Sweeney, Corrigan and T. O'Malley)

DH Arraignment

  • Magistrate Brenda Gray

Mental Health Court (Phoenix Court)

  • Magistrate Elizabeth Howe