Judge Patricia J. Smith

Honorable Judge Patricia J. Smith

The responsibilities of the Juvenile Court include hearing all Department of Job and Family Services cases regarding dependent, neglected and abused children, all juvenile traffic cases, delinquency and unruly offenses and adult contributing cases. The Court has jurisdiction over parentage cases, along with custody, visitation and support.

Click here for the Map of directions from Ravenna Court to Juvenile Court.

The Portage County Probate Court issues Marriage Licenses, monitors the administration of decedent estates, manages guardianships of minors and incompetent adults and presides over all adoptions, name changes and involuntary mental health and intellectual disability commitments.

New Local Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Portage County Common Pleas Court Probate Division. Effective date April 1, 2020

New Local Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Portage County Common Pleas Court Juvenile Division. Effective date February 15, 2020 

The  Juvenile Court Local Rules with proposed Revisions have been published and open for Review. 
If you have any comments you will have until February 14, 2020 to submit your comments to Judge Patricia J. Smith at the Portage County Juvenile Court, 8000 Infirmary Road, Ravenna, OH 44266

Public Comments should be sent to the Portage County Common Pleas Court Juvenile Division, and be addressed as follows:

Attention: Judge Patricia J. Smith / Rules Comments
8000 Infirmary Road, Ravenna, Oh 44266.

Public Comments are welcome.

Copies of the Local Rules can also be obtained at the Portage County Common Pleas Court Juvenile Division, located at 8000 Infirmary Road, Ravenna, Oh 44266.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Joseph Szymanski Chief Magistrate 330-297-0881
Michelle Zuponcic Juvenile Court Administrator 330-297-0881
Lenny Sorboro Director of Youth Rehabilitation 330-298-2112
Aaron Heavner Magistrate 330-297-0881
Heather Gyekenyesi Probate Court Administrator/Magistrate 330-297-3870
Judy Sheaffer Juvenile Court Chief Deputy Clerk 330-297-0881
Patricia J. Smith Judge-Juvenile and Probate Courts 330-297-0881