The Miami County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, has jurisdiction to decide felony criminal cases, civil cases where the amount in controversy exceeds $500, and domestic relations cases involving divorce, dissolution, and legal separation, occurring within Miami County, Ohio.
Judges in the General Division
Two judges currently serve in the General Division, Judge Christopher Gee and Judge Jeannine N. Pratt. They preside over jury trials and trials to the court.
Two magistrates currently serve in the General Division, Magistrate Scott Altenburger and Magistrate Gretchen Beers. They handle domestic relation cases, including post-decree motions, civil protection orders, stalking and sexually oriented offense protection orders, and have an order of reference for civil and criminal cases.
Court Administrator / Jury Commissioner
The court administrator, under the direction of the judges, is responsible for the non-judicial functions of the court, including financial, statistical, employment, and public records matters, as well as jurors.
Probation Department / Adult Parole Authority
The Miami County Court of Common Pleas contracts with the Adult Parole Authority to provide supervision for individuals placed on community control by the court.
In civil cases, the court can provide a trained independent mediator to assist the parties and their lawyers to reach a mutually acceptable agreement which saves the parties time and money. Mediation services are also available for domestic relations cases.
Security for the Safety Building, which houses Common Pleas Court and other government offices, is provided by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.