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Terms of Use and Disclaimer 

Delaware County Probate/Juvenile Court

We provide services to you via the web site as a public service.  The information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal advice or as accurate for all situations.  The law and its application are very “facts specific”.  The law also is constantly changing as a result of legislation, rulings and developing case law.  Therefore, legal advice specific to the situation should be obtained from an attorney licensed to practice in Ohio.

Ohio law prohibits the personnel of the Delaware County Probate Court from providing legal advice or assisting in the selection or completion of forms for filing with the Court.

If you utilize our web site you are agreeing that your use is subject to the following terms.  

  • This site is provided by Delaware County, Ohio and the Delaware Probate/Juvenile Court on an “as is” and “as available” basis.  No representations or warranties of any kind, express of implied, as to the operation of this site or the information, content or materials included on this web site.  You expressly agree and acknowledge that you use of this site is at your sole risk.
  • By using this website you are communicating electronically with the Court.  Most records kept by the Court are public records and therefore communication with or through our website may be subject to disclosure through a pubic records request.
  • You agree that the laws of Ohio will govern these Terms of Use and Disclaimer and any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and Delaware County or the Delaware County Probate/Juvenile Court.


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Online Search
The more recent dockets and records of the Delaware County Probate Court are available to search or copy on-line.

eFiling: How to instructions

Public terminal
During the hours that the Court is open a public terminal is available in the court lobby for reasonable usage for computerized name search of the Court's dockets.

Records are maintained on a variety of media, depending on the dates and type of record involved.  Some of the records are stored off site and are available at the Delaware County Records Center, 2079 US 23 North, Delaware, OH 43015, phone (740) 833-2140   

Marriage records from 1996 to the present can be found in the Delaware County Probate Court.  Marriage records prior to 1996 will be located at the Records Center.

Estate records from January 20, 1950 to the present can be found in the Delaware County Probate Court.  Some of the records are on On-Base (since 2003), some can be located on microfiche and some are on microfilm.  Records prior to January 20, 1950 will be located at the Records Center. 

Adoption Records

Access to adoption records is administered by the Ohio Department of Health.  This is a link to the Department's website where the matter is discussed:

Public Access to Court Records

"Court records are presumed to be open to public access."  This statement is set forth in the Rules of Superintendence 45(A) adopted by the Supreme Court of Ohio effective July 1, 2009. This presumption is limited by other federal and Ohio statutes relating to particular types of cases and case filings (including, but not limited to, adoptions, involuntary court ordered treatment for alcohol or other substance abuse, and mental illness civil commitments) and personal identifiers.

The Supreme Court of Ohio has prepared "Frequently Asked Questions" regarding the public's access to court records.  This explanation can be accessed at:

The following is the Supreme Court of Ohio's summary overview of the applicable Supreme Court of Ohio Rules of Superintendence:

Sup. R. 44-47 - Public Access Rules

Summary Overview

  1. Courts have voluntarily complied with R.C. 149.43 (Public Records Act).
    1. Three major distinctions between the Public Access Rules and Public Records Act:
      1. Redaction or omission of "personal identifiers" (SSNs, financial information, juvenile names, etc.) by filing party. Submission of personal identifiers on a separate form.
      2. Expressly permits a clerk or court to provide remote (Internet) access to a court record.
      3. Codifies existing court practices that permit parties and nonparties to seek, by motion, the redaction or removal of a case document, or conversely access to a case document.
  2. Court Records - Definitions Sup. R. 44
    1. A "court record" means a case document and an administrative document.
    2. A "case document" means (1) a document and information in a document submitted to a court or filed with a clerk of court in a judicial action or proceeding, and (2) any document prepared by the court or clerk in the judicial action or proceeding.
      1. A case document does not include:
        • a document exempt from disclosure under state, federal, or the common law
        • personal identifiers
        • information restricted by Sup. R. 45(E)
        • certain juvenile records
        • notes, drafts, recommendations, advice and research of judicial officers and staff.
        • information on or obtained from the Ohio Courts Network and related data fees.
    3. An "administrative document" means a document and information in a document created, received, or maintained by a court that serves to record the administrative, fiscal, personnel, or management functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations, organization, or other activities of the court.
      1. An administrative document does not include:
        • a document exempt from disclosure under state, federal, common law, or the Rules for the Government of the Bar
        • personal identifiers
        • security documents
        • court employment examination documents
        • computer programs and codes
        • information contained on or obtained from Ohio Courts Network and related data feeds.
  3. Public Access – Sup. R. 45
    1. Presumption of public access
    2. Direct Access – courts and clerks shall make a court record available, promptly acknowledge the request, and respond in a reasonable period of time.
    3. Remote Access- may make a court record available by remote access as long as the online version is identical.
    4. Omission of personal identifiers
      1. Definition of personal identifiers.
      2. Omitted or redacted and filed on a separate form.
      3. Responsibility of the party filing the document.
      4. Do not refuse a document that contains personal identifiers
    5. Restricting public access
      1. Motion filed by parties or non-parties or upon a court's own order to restrict public access to information or case document.
      2. Court to decide restriction based on clear and convincing evidence, that presumption is outweighed by a higher interest. (Factors).
      3. Least restrictive means available: redaction, restricting remote access, time, generic titles in case management systems, and/or initials for parties' proper names.
      4. Journal entry to reflect court's order.
    6. Obtaining access
      1. Any person on written motion may request access to a document restricted by the court.
      2. Clear and convincing evidence, presumption outweighs the higher interest. (Factors)
  4. Bulk Distribution  Sup. R. 46
    1. Any person may request a bulk distribution of information from court records.
    2. A clerk, in their discretion, may create a new compilation customized for the convenience of the person who requests the bulk distribution.
  5. Application   Sup. R. 47
    1. The public access rules regarding the omission, redaction, or the restricting of access to case documents will apply only to actions commenced on or after July 1, 2009.
    2. The public access rules regarding the omission, redaction or restricting access to administrative documents apply to all documents regardless of when they were created.