Judge to explain court’s role
To keep the public up to date on the role of the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court, Judge Bruce Winters plans to pen articles periodically about what his responsibilities are.
Although he won’t be able to discuss specific cases, the judge plans to cover general topics and answer questions posed by readers.
“Some topics I intend to cover are: An overview of the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas, the
duties and authority of the court,” he said. “How a case comes before the court and the steps to resolution in both civil and criminal cases. I will explain jury duty for grand jurors and petit jurors as well as the role the jury plays in a trial, both civil and criminal. I will explain criminal sentencing, diversion, intervention in lieu of conviction, probation, local jail time, prison time and other alternatives to traditional sentencing.”
The general division of the court hears criminal cases which are felonies.
“We also hear civil cases, that is “money” cases where the amount asked for is in excess of
$15,000 or more,” he said.
The domestic relations division hears divorce and dissolution cases, child support and custody matters.
The Wood County commissioners have appointed Martha Woelke to the county board of developmental disabilities and the Wood County Port Authority. Both terms expire Dec. 31, 2016.
Coffee klatch postponed
The December session of Coffee with the Village in Walbridge has been postponed until after the holidays,
Nathan Eikost, who chairs the business and economic development committee of village council, opted to re-schedule the monthly event due to scheduling conflicts.
It had been scheduled for Dec. 6.
Reception for Brown
An open house reception for Wood County Commissioner Tim Brown will be held Dec. 19 from 2 – 4 p.m.r in the 5th floor lobby of the County Office Building, One Courthouse Square, Bowling Green. Light refreshments will be served and the public is welcome.
Commissioner Brown was recently elected to serve as a State Representative and will be vacating his seat, which he has held since 1997.