When most people think of how a county’s court system
works, what may first come to mind are murder trials or other high-profile
In truth, the courts aren't always glamorous like they may
be portrayed on an episode of “Law and Order.” But they have hardworking
people, and the operations involve many important functions that have an
everyday effect on people’s lives.
For example, when someone is accused of a crime and
doesn’t have the resources to pay for an attorney, they are deemed indigent,
and a public defender is appointed to represent them.
In Lake County, there is a county public defender who
oversees a group of attorneys charged with that task.
For nearly 35 years, the county Public Defender was R.
, a highly respected attorney. His recent death leaves
a void, and it will be up to the Lake County Public Defender Commission to name
a successor. Look for that to happen sometime after Aug. 26.
The Lake County Probate Court also is another area that
may not get the headlines, but the court’s role is mightily important.
A Probate Court has jurisdiction over matters such as
issuance of marriage licenses; administration of estates and guardianships;
adoption proceedings; determination of sanity or mental competence; certain
eminent domain proceedings; and other civil matters.
Gov. John Kasich
will be responsible for
naming a new Lake County Probate Judge after Judge Ted Klammer
died in March.
Candidates said to be under consideration are Geauga
County Assistant Prosecutor Mark Bartolotta;
Probate Court Magistrate Lora Lynne Krider
; Lake County
Assistant Prosecutor John O’Donnell
; and Jim
, a Painesville Township attorney.
In the meantime, retired Stark County Probate Court Judge R.R.
has been filling the seat on the bench until Kasich
makes the appointment.
Look for Kasich to make a decision in the next few weeks.
Lake County Treasurer-elect Lorraine M. Fende
will finally drop the “elect” from her title, as she will begin her four-year
term on Sept. 3. Technically, the term begins Sept. 2, but the office is closed
that day for the Labor Day holiday.
Fende, who was elected back in November, plans to be
officially sworn-in Monday by her husband, retired Willoughby Municipal Court
Judge Larry Allen
A meet-and-greet event with Dennis Morley
, candidate for
Eastlake mayor, will be hosted by Ken
and Denise Hoefle, Joe
D’Ambrosio, Donna Vaughn
and Laura DePledge
from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 22 at 36683
Valley Ridge Drive, Eastlake.
Fundraiser for Riverside School
Board member Belinda Grassi
and Jennifer Harden
, a candidate for
Riverside School Board, 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 18 at Pickle Bills in Grand River. See
Grassi or Harden.
Fende hosts eighth annual
Steakroast from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Wickliffe Italian American
Club. See Diane Fox
Fundraiser for Cindy
, candidate for Eastlake mayor, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug.
20 at Trader Jacks Riverside Grille in Eastlake. See Dave Fiebig
n Chuck Hillier
, candidate for
Painesville Township trustee, hosts a fundraiser from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at
Lake Erie Shores Beach Park Pavilion in Painesville Township. See Ken
n Kenny Yuko
, a candidate for Ohio
Senate District 25, hosts a Gala Reception with guest state Rep.
, a candidate for Ohio Treasurer, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Aug.
22 at The Patrician in Eastlake. See Yuko or Pamela Yuko
Wickliffe Mayor Bill
hosts the fifth annual Labor Day Picnic from 5 to 9 p.m.
Aug. 30 at Wickliffe Italian American Club Picnic Pavilion. See Bill or Sue
Fundraiser for John
, candidate for Willoughby Council Ward 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Sept. 4 at Mullarkey’s Irish Pub in Willoughby. See Popelka, Geoff
or John Bowers
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: 2013 election, John Kasich, Lake County Probate Court, Larry Allen, Lorraine Fende, R. Paul LaPlante, R.R. Denny Clunk, Ted Klammer