What We Do

Felony Division

The Felony Division is responsible for the prosecution of all serious adult offenders in the Wayne County Common Pleas Court.  In general, felony offenses are crimes which carry a potential prison sentence of a year or more.  Those crimes include...
The United States and Ohio Constitutions require that all felony cases be presented to the grand jury for a determination of whether there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed and whether there is probable cause to believe...
The Felony Division has a pretrial diversion program for non-violent, first-offenders.  The Pretrial Diversion Program requires the defendant to file a written application with the Adult Probation Department.  The defendant will then appear before a...

Misdemeanor Division

The Misdemeanor Division of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office represents the State of Ohio and the various municipalities within the county in nearly all misdemeanor criminal and traffic matters that come before the Wayne County Municipal Court...
With the exception of minor misdemeanor citations and traffic citations directly issued to defendants by law enforcement officers, the Misdemeanor Division prosecutors make charging decisions on all other criminal matters that are investigated and...
The Misdemeanor Division of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office represents the State of Ohio and the various Wayne County municipalities in prosecuting traffic offenses.  These include, but are not limited to, all offenses charged under Title 45 of...

Juvenile Division

Although the law historically distinguished between children and adults, a separate juvenile court system did not exist in the United States until 1899, when Cook County, Illinois formed the first juvenile court. The concept caught on relatively...
In our society, children are expected to follow the rules and laws in the same manner as adults. In addition, laws or rules that apply only to children because of their age were at common law referred to as “status offenses”.  As a general rule, a...
If you have reason to believe that a child may be abused, neglected or dependent, please call WCCSB at (330) 345-5340, during business hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Reports can be made anonymously to WCCSB...

Appellate Division

Defendants convicted in the Wayne County Courts enjoy an appeal of right to the Ninth District Court of Appeals, and when the conviction is affirmed in that court, the defendant may pursue a discretionary appeal in the Ohio Supreme Court and...
Ninth District:  The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office representation of the State of Ohio does not end at the trial court level and often extends to cases that are appealed. The Appellate Division provides legal representation in all legal matters...
If a party disagrees with a ruling of the Ninth District Court of Appeals, the case can be appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court. The Ohio Supreme Court has a limited jurisdiction and may accept or decline an appeal in cases where (1) they involve...

Civil Division

Oftentimes there is a mistaken impression that the Wayne County Prosecutor’s responsibilities only include criminal prosecutions in the Common Pleas, Juvenile and Municipal courts of Wayne County.  However, the Wayne County Prosecutor is also...
The Wayne County Prosecutor is the statutory legal counsel for all of the following: All County elected officials (all five judges, the Commissioners, the Recorder, the Auditor, the Treasurer, the Engineer, the Sheriff, the Coroner, and the Clerk of...
The Civil Division of the Office of the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney provides legal representation for the County Treasurer, County Auditor, and the Sheriff’s Office on issues relating to judicial sales due to foreclosures resulting from unpaid...

Victim/Witness Assistance

The Wayne County Victim Witness Assistance Program (WCVWAP) is a program within the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office that serves all victims of crimes committed in Wayne County.  The mission of the WCVWAP is to reduce the trauma crime...
Our Victim/Witness Assistance Program provides the following: Providing information regarding individual case status Notification of court dates pertaining to your case Providing information regarding  the criminal justice process Courtroom support...
Below are forms available for you to download.  Forms Bad Check Packet Adult Civil Protection Order Juvenile Civil Protection Order Stalking Civil Protection Order