This section is designed to provide general, legal, and procedural information to the public and the attorneys who practice before the court. The intent is to make the environment of the court more accessible to the citizens we serve. We hope that you find it useful and that your experience with the Miami County Juvenile Court exceeds your expectations.

Juvenile Programs

Juvenile Court administers a variety of programs to serve court involved youth including the Miami County Juvenile Probation Department, and West Central Juvenile Detention Center.


Referrals reach the court through various channels, including parents, school officials, law enforcement authorities, neighbors, Children Services representatives, and the Prosecutor’s Office.

Legal Advice

Ohio Revised Code 4705.01 prohibits the Juvenile Court from giving legal advice or from helping you prepare legal papers in a new or pending case in this or any court.

Mission Statement

To provide timely and fair justice, and quality services to Miami County. We are committed to providing for the care, protection, and mental and physical development of children, to protect the public interest and safety, and to hold offenders accountable for their actions, restore the victims, as well as rehabilitating the offenders.

Administrative Staff

Scott Altenburger, Judge
Katherine Kemp Severt, Chief Magistrate
D. Andrew Venters, Magistrate
Hillary Jaqua, Magistrate
Nicole Rodriguez, Chief Deputy Clerk / Judicial Assistant
Hannah Parshall, Fiscal Director
Rebecca Householder, Deputy Clerk
Todd Terwoord, Deputy Clerk
Melinda Northup, Deputy Clerk
Joy Adkins, Deputy Clerk
Dawn Putney, Deputy Clerk
Lorri Swink, Deputy Clerk
Krista Godwin, Deputy Clerk
Elizabeth Harshbarger, Chief Probation Officer
Andrew Austria, Probation Officer
Angela Cromwell, Probation Officer
Kylee Brooks, Probation Officer
Brooke Warrick, Probation Officer
Melissa Thomspon, Probation Assistant/Comm Svc Supervisor
Brady Schnitzler, Probation Officer