Children & Families Section

Confidential Court Records

The Ohio Supreme Court has adopted an amendment to the Rules of Superintendence that requires local courts to protect sensitive personal information contained in the records of juvenile and domestic relations civil proceedings. The amendment, Sup.R.44(C)(2)(h), became effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Youth Restraint Rule

The Ohio Supreme Court has adopted Sup.R.5.01. The amendment to the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio mandates that local courts adopt rules to regulate the shackling of youth appearing in court proceedings. Under the amendment, local restraint rules will create presumption against shackling. The amendment took effect July 1, 2016.


Children & Families Section
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street, 6th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431

Phone: 614.387.9385
Fax: 614.387.9409

Stephanie Graubner Nelson, Esq.

Policy Counsel:
Lucy Chandler, Esq.

Court Improvement
Program Analyst:

Veronica Burroughs

Children & Families
Program Assistant:

Pat Latham

The Children & Families Section provides technical assistance, training, and policy recommendations to improve court performance in cases involving children and families.

The Advisory Committee on Children & Families makes policy recommendations to the Supreme Court of Ohio through the section. Current projects include developing policy to respond to child abuse, neglect and dependency; adult guardianship standards; domestic relations forms; and family law reform legislation.

Technical assistance is provided by the section through consultation with local courts and publications. The section also staffs roundtables which allow court personnel to discuss common issues and share perspectives on current practice needs. The section collaborates with other sections within the Office of Court Services to provide training on caseflow management and standards of practice.

Training Opportunities

Domestic Relations and Juvenile Standardized Forms

Advisory Committee on Children & Families

Publications & Resources