Courthouse Main Directory: (740) 695-2121

Probation Department: (740) 695-3917


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Judge Fregiato

Judge Fregiato graduated from Ohio State Law School in 1977 in the top 5% of his class.

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Judge Vavra

Judge Vavra comes to the common pleas bench after 12 years of service on the county court as an acting county court judge.

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Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution, a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete effects.

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Magistrates use their training and sound judgment to oversee the application and enforcement of state laws, municipal laws, and court procedures.

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Welcome to the The Belmont County Common Pleas Court, which is located in the Belmont County Courthouse, a historical landmark in the heart of downtown St. Clairsville, Ohio.

The courts of common pleas are original courts of general jurisdiction in Ohio’s judicial system. Every county in Ohio has a common pleas court served by one or more judges.

Civil suits of a serious nature involving real estate, property, tort, contract and business relationships are handled in this Court.

The Common Pleas Court also has jurisdiction over criminal cases involving serious crimes where the penalty may be imprisonment for more than six months. Additionally the Court of Common Pleas presides over appeals from administrative agencies.

The Judges of the Belmont County Common Pleas Court also have jurisdiction over divorce, dissolution, alimony, child support, annulment and custody in family disputes.