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Judge Glenn H. Derryberry

The Honorable Glenn H. Derryberry has been Judge of the Allen County Probate and Juvenile Courts since November 19, 2007.  Prior to becoming Judge he had served for 18 years as the Chief Magistrate of the Allen County Juvenile Court.

Judge Derryberry is a graduate of Lima Shawnee High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education from Bowling Green State University. He received his law degree from Ohio Northern University in 1977. From 1977 to 1989, Judge Derryberry worked as a private practice attorney in Allen County. He also held the positions of Auglaize County Public Defender (1981-82), Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio (1982-83), and Assistant Lima City Prosecutor (1982-84).

Judge Derryberry has been a member of the Allen County Bar Association since 1977, and served as its President in 2006. Additionally, he has served the Allen County Bar Association as a member of its Executive Committee, Grievance Committee, Juvenile Court Committee, Probate Law Committee and as Co-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee.

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Philosophy on Juvenile Justice

“Justice is the process by which disputes are resolved in a democratic society. Once the justice process has determined and placed responsibility for an action by which someone is wronged, the perpetrator must be held accountable by fair and measured punishment. Because the Juvenile Justice System does not deal with fully developed adults, rehabilitation should be a part of the Court’s dispositional goal. The administration of justice in the Allen County Juvenile Court will therefore join appropriate punishment with the utilization of community agencies and programs appropriate to the individual with the goal of returning a productive and contributing citizen to the community.

The staff of the Allen County Probate and Juvenile Court will endeavor to perform its duties with respect and compassion for all with whom it comes in contact, whether victim, offender, parent, professional or witness.”

Duties of the Probate Judge

According to the Ohio Association of Probate Judges, the Ohio Revised Code places over two hundred separate duties on the Probate Court. In general, the function and purpose of the Probate Court is to perform those powers and duties authorized by the Constitution of the State of Ohio and Chapter 2101 of the Ohio Revised Code. The types of cases handled by the Probate Court (the Court’s jurisdiction) are specified in Ohio Revised Code Section 2101.24. The following are some of the types of cases most frequently filed in the Probate Court of Allen County:

  • Hear and administer estates, trusts, and guardianships of incompetents and minors;
  • Issue marriage licenses and delayed and corrected birth certificates;
  • Hear adoption proceedings, minor settlement cases, and civil commitment proceedings;
  • Maintain records related to services (1) through (3) and other records as required by statute.

History of Allen County Juvenile Court

The first Juvenile Court in America was established in Cook County, Illinois, in 1889 by an Illinois law entitled “An Act to Regulate the Treatment and Control of Dependent and Neglected and Delinquent Children.”

In 1903, the State of Colorado established the Juvenile Court; and during the years of 1899 through 1904, California, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, OHIO, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin adopted and passed Juvenile Court laws.

In 1906, Allen County, Ohio, followed suit with the establishment of the first Allen County Juvenile Court, a part of the Probate Court, with the Honorable John N. Hutchinson serving as the first judge.