Judges Vercillo and Forsthoefel, of the Common Pleas Court, took time to come speak to Ashland University Students interested in the legal field. The Judges discussed the types of cases they see, the different divisions of the common pleas court, the differences between trial and appellate court systems and the importance of being informed when electing judges.
Judge Vercillo discussed his role as the Juvenile and Probate Court Judge, including the different types of cases that occur in each court. Probate Court cases typically involve estates, guardianships, trust cases, name changes, marriage licenses, and things of that nature. Juvenile Court involves cases with anyone under the age of 18. These cases can involve anything from neglect and abuse cases, to juvenile offender and criminal cases.
Judge Forsthoefel, on the other hand, oversees the General Division and Domestic relations dockets. The General Division involves civil cases (malpractice, property disputes, real estate titles, workers compensation, etc.) as well as well as the felony cases. The Domestic Relations Docket involves all disputes between married families (divorce, child support, custody, civil protection orders, etc.).
Both Judges Vercillo and Forsthoefel agreed that being a judge is a very demanding job, but it is ultimately very rewarding. Special thanks to both Judges for taking the time to come speak.