The mission of the Juvenile Court is stated in Chapters 2151 and 2152 of the Ohio Revised Code and the rules of Juvenile Procedure as promulgated by the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Under the delinquency and traffic offender chapter, the overriding purposes of the law are (1) protecting the public interest and safety, (2) holding offenders accountable, (3) restoring victims, (4) rehabilitating offenders, and (5) providing for the care, protection, and mental and physical development of children. These purposes are to be achieved through a system of graduated sanctions and services.
The Belmont County Juvenile Court is mandated to deal with delinquent, unruly, neglected, dependent or abused children. The Court has the authority to take appropriate action deemed to be in the best interests of said children, while also considering what is necessary for the protection of the community. The Juvenile Court has jurisdiction over the parents of said children as well as contributing to the delinquency of a child charges. Rehabilitation and serving youth in the community is focused upon throughout Ohio.