The duties of the Judge of the Williams County Common Pleas Court include the oversight and disposition of civil, felony criminal and domestic relations cases.

Civil: Civil Cases include personal injury (accident) cases, employment disputes, contract disputes, workers compensation appeals along with medical and legal malpractice.

Criminal: Felony Criminal Cases include any offense where the possible penalty is over one (1) year in prison and a $1,000 fine. Arson, Burglary, Breaking and Entering, Theft, Fraud, Armed Robbery, Murder and Drug cases are just a few that fall under this category.

Domestic: The Domestic Relations Division of the Common Pleas Court hears all cases concerning the termination of marriages filed in Williams County, Ohio. These include divorce, dissolution, legal separation, annulment and the issuance of civil protection orders arising out of domestic violence. In the event your domestic relations situation involves allocation of parental rights and responsibility or child support proceedings for those parents who have not been married to one another, the Williams County Common Pleas Court - Juvenile Division retains jurisdiction.


Judge J. T. Stelzer
Education & Legal Experience
Ohio State University - B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing (1978)
University of Cincinnati - J.D. (1981)
Gallagher, Stelzer & Yosick, LTD - Partner (1981 - 2011)
Williams County Common Pleas Court Judge (2011 to present)

Public & Community Services
Mentor, Bryan City Schools' program targeting at-risk children
Member and Officer, Bryan Area Foundation Project 2020
Board Member, Williams County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (1991 - 1992)
Board Member, Orchard Hills Country Club (1987 - 1990)

Professional Memberships & Activities
American Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association