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
(216) 443-8411 

Magistrate Jeff Ehrbar - Delinquency/Unruly

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

Judge Patrick F. Corrigan
(216) 443-8415  

Magistrate Peter Murray - Delinquency/Unruly

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

Magistrate Retanio Rucker - Delinquency/Unruly

Magistrate Pamela Morton - A/D/N and Private Custody
Judge Thomas F. O'Malley
(216) 443-8419
Magistrate Kenneth Lusnia - Delinquency/Unruly

Magistrate Anne McDonough -

Magistrate Eleanore Hilow
 - A/D/N and Private Custody
  Judge Michael J. Ryan
(216) 443-5818

Magistrate Shiela Turner McCall - Delinquency/Unruly

Magistrate Ginny Millas - A/D/N and Private Custody
Judge Denise N. Rini
(216) 443-8407

Magistrate Je'Nine Nickerson - Delinquency/Unruly

Magistrate Carolyn Kaye Ranke - 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 Gerard Kovacik (Judges Floyd, Ryan and Rini)  
  • Magistrate Lynne Chavers (Judges Sweeney, Corrigan and O'Malley) 


  • Magistrate Darlene Amato
  • Magistrate John Smerillo

DH Arraignment / Delinquency Drug Ct.

  • Magistrate Elizabeth Howe

Re-Entry Ct.

  • Magistrate Je'Nine A. Nickerson