Coronavirus (Covid 19)

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Probate Court continues to remain open with the following guidelines:

Read: The General Orders For The Continued Operation Of The Summit County Probate Court

The staff remains divided into two working groups to allow for flexibility in the event of a quarantine. This may delay return phone calls and we ask for your patience.

NOTICE:  All people entering the Courthouse must wear a mask and have their temperature taken at the security checkpoint.  The Sheriff’s office may turn away people for any health reason.

Marriage licenses are available in person.

People wishing to file documents are strongly encouraged to mail or email them to us.  However, you may drop off your filings in person by leaving them at the counter in the main clerk’s office. Clerks will NOT go over the documents with you at the time of drop off.  If you have questions, please attach them in writing to the documents and the appropriate staff member will contact you.  Members of the public are not allowed to approach the clerk’s individual desks unless requested by the clerk and then must remain 6 feet away.

Court fees may be paid by mail or in person.  If in person, social distance is required and the payor must remain at the mark on the floor unless called forward by the cashier.

Adoption hearings will be conducted by Zoom for the foreseeable future.  Name Change hearings will be waived for the foreseeable future.  The Help Desk is cancelled until further notice.

Where appropriate, all  hearings will be  held by telephone or video conference.  The judge or magistrates will decide if in person hearings are required, on a case by case basis.  Social distancing will be required in the courtroom.

Court investigators will be available by telephone.  To reach the Court investigator on call, please call 330-643-8771.


To reduce health risks, the United States Postal Service is temporarily modifying customer signature capture procedures.  The carrier is leaving the item in the mail receptacle or appropriate location by the customer door.  The Postal worker is writing COVID-19 on the proof of service in place of the signature.

To insure good service, Summit County Probate will automatically duplicate the original paperwork and resend by regular mail.

Cost will be assessed to the case.