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January 10, 2024



Judge Julie A. Schafer swore in Patricia L. Parker on January 10, 2024, as Medina County Domestic Relations Court Trial Magistrate. Magistrate Parker comes to the Court with over twenty years of litigation experience, including subrogation, arbitration, and mediation; complex litigation; and, for the vast majority, family law. Magistrate Parker proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy from 1989 - 1997, including in Desert Shield and Desert Storm and continued to serve veterans as a veteran's fiduciary.

January 9, 2024

2024 CLA Divorce Clinic dates announced: In July, 2023, Judge Julie A. Schafer partnered with Community Legal Aid ("CLA") to provide Divorce Clinics to members of the community who qualify financially. The clinics are held every other month from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Courthouse. The 2024 dates have been announced: Feb 15, Apr 18, Jun 20, Aug 22, Oct 17
Applicants may call the CLA Helpline at 800-998-9454 or may apply for help online here

January 2, 2024



Judge Julie A. Schafer swore in Samantha Bloom on January 2, 2024, as Medina County Domestic Relations Court Trial Magistrate. Magistrate Bloom comes to the Court with over ten years of experience from prosecuting child sexual assault and domestic violence cases to abuse, neglect, dependency, and delinquency prosecutions and felony child support cases. Magistrate Bloom has also worked in private practice and is a certified Guardian ad litem and ESL teacher.

December 15, 2023

Rule Change for Case Time Limits: The Supreme Court of Ohio has amended Sup.R. 39, to address the dismissal and refiling of cases. The new section, effective 12/14/2023, states "a judge shall not order, instruct, or otherwise direct, suggest, encourage, or request a party or attorney to dismiss and subsequently refile a case in order to avoid failure by the judge to comply with the time limits specified in this rule." Click here to read the amendment.

December 15, 2023

Deposit Increase Effective 1/1/2024: The deposit for costs collected by the Clerk of Courts for cases in the Domestic Relations Court will increase effective 1/1/2024. Click here for the document.

December 5, 2023



MCDRC partnered with Medina County Job and Family Services to provide gifts for the children in foster care. Between January 2022 and June 2023, Medina County JFS saw a 75% increase of children in custody. For more information about foster care, please call or text 330-667-0167, or email info@fostermedina.com.

November 15, 2023



MCDRC hosted over 70 people, including Judge Bill Hutson, Commissioners Stephen Hambley and Colleen Swedyk, and Sheriff Terry Grice featured in the picture above, at an Open House this past Wednesday, November 15, 2023, to celebrate the renovation to the 1841 Courthouse. The Open House was covered by the Medina Gazette at Medina County Domestic Relations Court holds open house for newly renovated space | Medina Gazette (medina-gazette.com)

November 9, 2023

The MCDRC renovation and other modernization efforts were featured in the November 9, 2023, County Commissioners' Newsletter linked here November-9-2023-Newsletter.pdf (medinaco.org)

August 31, 2023



Magistrate Steve C. Bailey's last day at the courthouse was August 31,2023. Thank you, Steve, for your service to our Court and Community.

August 28, 2023



Erin N. Dazey was sworn in on August 28, 2023, as Medina County Domestic Relations Court Trial Magistrate.

June 7, 2023

Judge Julie A. Schafer has partnered with Community Legal Aid ("CLA") to provide monthly Divorce Clinics to members of the community who qualify financially. The first Clinic will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on June 15th in Judge Schafer's Courtroom. Applicants may call the CLA Helpline at 800-998-9454 or may apply for help online at Community Legal Aid