Additional programming and services provided by the court, along with helpful links to other commonly used resources.
Local Court Rules
The local Court Rules herein shall apply only to the General and Domestic Relations Divisions, except as otherwise specifically provided.
These Rules are divided into five parts. The first part is the General Rules of Practice and Procedure, which is applicable to all criminal, civil and domestic relations cases filed in the Seneca County Common Pleas Court. The second part contains the Civil Rules of Practice and Procedure. The third part contains the Criminal Rules of Practice and Procedure. The fourth part contains provisions related to Magistrates. The fifth part contains the Domestic Relations Rules of Practice and Procedure.
The PIVOT Program is a court program that is approximately 420 days long. If you enter the PIVOT Program you will be supervised by PIVOT Program Judge Steve Shuff and Judge Damon Alt and will meet with them in court on a regular basis to discuss and evaluate your progress, participation and achievements. The amount of time you spend in the program is based on your compliance and advancement through the phases.
You can chart a new course, which includes:
- A clean and sober lifestyle
- A family life with close relationships
- Friends who care about you… not what you can do for them
- A job, so you can take care of yourself and your family
- An education, to present you with better job opportunities
- Having people trust you
- An overall healthier lifestyle
- Resources to help you reach and discover your full potential
What does the PIVOT Program provide?
- Substance abuse treatment designed specifically for you
- Referral to medical, mental health, and social service providers
- Help in obtaining your GED
- Relationships with people who care about you, including the judge, your Caseworker, your treatment team members, and many others. They will all work with you to get the most out of treatment and life
- Rewards to recognize your successes and hard work
- Help with learning job skills
Pretrial and Probation Services
Pretrial Services strives to provide the highest levels of ethical and professional conduct, and is committed to serving Seneca County Common Pleas Court while remaining neutral, objective and ethical in providing all services and supervision of conditions ordered by the court. The goal of Seneca County Pretrial Services is to provide supervision of defendants awaiting trial or sentencing and to assure compliance with the conditions of release from jail and bond requirements. A Pretrial Services Specialist will be assigned to each defendant accordingly.
The Mission Statement of the Seneca County Probation Services is to enhance public safety and promote offender reintegration in the community through proactive supervision and referral to community resources. Seneca County Probation Services aims to provide the highest quality service to the Court, community, and offenders, ultimately enhancing public safety. This is accomplished through effective community based supervision, enforcement of Court orders and affording offenders an opportunity to initiate positive changes.
Seneca County Common Pleas Court
103 E. Market Street, Suite 401
Tiffin, OH 44883
Mediations are generally conducted in the Jury Room on the 3rd or 4th floor of the Seneca County Justice Center, located at 103 E. Market Street in Tiffin, Ohio.
Other Links of Interest
Below are links to other offices in Seneca County and Ohio that may be helpful to you.