Guernsey County Common Pleas Court

General Division, Domestic Relations, Probate Division, Juvenile Division

Judge Daniel  G. Padden
General Division
Domestic Relations Division

Judge David B. Bennett
Probate Division
Juvenile Division


Welcome to the Guernsey County Common Pleas Court website. The General and Domestic Relations Divisions of the Common Pleas Court are located on the third (3rd) floor of the Guernsey County Courthouse. The Juvenile and Probate Divisions of the Common Pleas Court are located on the second floor of the Guernsey County Courthouse. The Courthouse is a historical landmark in the heart of downtown Cambridge, Ohio.

The Court of Common Pleas is the original Court of general jurisdiction of the Ohio Judicial System. In every County there is a Common Pleas Court, served by one or more Judges. In Guernsey County, the Court is served by Judge David A. Ellwood and Judge David B. Bennett.

Common Pleas Court Divisions…

Criminal Division

felony criminal cases which include any offense where the possible penalty is over one (1) year in prison and a $1,000.00 Fine.

Civil Division

Civil cases include personal injury and medical malpractice cases, employment and contract disputes, worker’s compensation appeals, foreclosures and other land disputes.

C.A.R.E. Program (Court Assisted Recovery & Education)

Common Pleas Drug Court Program provides non-violent, chemically-dependent offenders and persons who have a high likelihood of becoming dependent with the necessary tools and life skills to live drug and alcohol free lives.

Jury Service

Serving on a jury is one of the oldest, most direct forms of citizenship participation in the judicial system.

Domestic Relations Division

The Domestic Relations Division hears all cases related to the family, including divorce, dissolution, custody, child support and civil protection orders.

Probate Division

duties range from the issuing of marriage licenses to overseeing testamentary trusts valued in millions of dollars

Juvenile Division

purpose of the Juvenile Court to provide the care, protection, and mental and physical development of children subject to the Court’s jurisdiction

Juvenile Probation

Responsible for performing many duties beyond supervision of juveniles on Probation

Guernsey County Common Pleas Court House