Hearings & Dispositions

Information about the Satellite Juvenile Court Process

Court Date

Before an arrest is forwarded to the satellite court, a record check is completed. If the juvenile has no prior arrests and the charge is appropriate, the referral will be approved for a hearing.

Hearings are conducted on an informal basis with a court referee, the juvenile offender and the parents of the juvenile present.

Approved referrals will be set for a hearing by the court coordinator. An official summons will be sent to the parents of the youth indicating date, time and location of the hearing. All court hearings are conducted at the Washington Township Government Center, 8200 McEwen Rd., Dayton, OH 45458.

To contact the court, email Dawn Barnett at court@washingtontwp.org or call 432-2758.

The Hearing

Hearings are conducted on an informal basis with a Court Referee, the juvenile offender and the parents of the juvenile present.

The referee will discuss the offense with the juvenile and parents, consider the seriousness of the charge, and determine the disposition of the case. During the hearing, the young person is given the opportunity to present his version of the facts as stated in the arrest report.

Hearings take place in a private conference room and are held in the evening so that juveniles and their parents are less likely to miss school or work commitments. Records of all proceeding are kept confidential to the extent provided by law.

Participation in the Satellite Juvenile Court by the youth and his/her parents will be voluntary, but failure to attend hearings or failure to abide by the Court's decision will result in the case being forwarded directly to the Montgomery County Juvenile Court. If the youth enters a denial of the charge and the matter cannot be resolved by the Referee, the case will be forwarded directly to the Montgomery County Juvenile Court for disposition.


The disposition, or punishment, is often in the form of community service, the restriction or suspension of driving privileges, or written essays. Dispositions may include:

  • Suspension of driver’s license
  • Community service
  • Written essays
  • Letter of apology to victim
  • Admonishment
  • Unofficial probation
  • Referral to drug/alcohol counseling
  • Restitution to victim
When parents have concerns about their children's behavior, the court may hold the case open for 30, 60 or 90 days for review.




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