The First Courthouse, Belmont County, Ohio

The first Juvenile Court in the State of Ohio was established in Cuyahoga County in 1902. It wasn't until 1909 that Belmont County established its Juvenile Court under the direction of then Probate Judge, John C. Nichols. Due to the population of Belmont County, the Probate Judge also serves as the Juvenile Judge. Also, prior to the creation of the Juvenile Court, the Probate Court would handle matters involving wayward youths under the heading of "Juvenile Disorderly Person" on the Probate Court journal.

The Juvenile Court generally has jurisdiction over all matters involving abused, neglected, or dependent children, unruly and delinquent children, issues of parentage, custody, child support, and truancy.

Each of the Belmont County Juvenile Judges and their terms are as follows-

John C. Nichols February 9, 1909 - February 8, 1921
Edward D. Meek February 9, 1921 - February 8, 1925
Lawrence Imhoff February 9, 1925 - February 8, 1933
Harry L. Albright February 9, 1933 - February 8, 1967
Edmund A. Sargus February 9, 1967 - March 4, 1967
Wilbur Y. Armstrong March 31, 1967 - February 8, 1979
C. Kenneth Henry February 9, 1979 - February 8, 1991
John J. Malik February 9, 1991 - November 30, 1998
J. Mark Costine December 24, 1998 - Present