The Civil Justice Committee last week heard significant proponent testimony on House Bill 283, legislation that will add a judge to the Adams County common pleas court, announced State Reps. Justin Pizzulli (R-Scioto County) and Jean Schmidt (R-Loveland).
House Bill 283, sponsored by Pizzulli and Schmidt, will establish two divisions within Adams County Common Pleas Court. One judgeship will handle civil, criminal, and domestic relations cases, while the other will oversee probate and juvenile cases. Adams County is one of four Ohio counties that has one judge serving the entire county.
The Adams County Board of County Commissioners and the Adams County Children Services Board are proponents of the bill.
“The time for debate has ended and the time for action is upon this Board and the State Legislature,” said Teresa Diane Ward, President of the Adams County Board of Commissioners. “Simply put, the most vulnerable segment of Adams County’s population—our children—are at risk and deserve a full-time judge and court devoted to their health, welfare, and safety.”
“I commend the unwavering dedication of our court staff, who have shown immense resilience despite limited resources,” said Pizzulli. “Our children are calling out for help, and it is our moral obligation to ensure their safety. House Bill 283 is not just a legal necessity; it’s a lifeline for the vulnerable members of our community.”
“House Bill 283 will help Adams County families,” said Schmidt. “I humbly ask this committee to act swiftly to ensure that Adams County’s children get the attention that they deserve.”
House Bill 283 awaits further consideration by the House Civil Justice Committee.