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The Court Services Division is responsible for maintaining and providing the security for the Lake County Common Pleas Courts.  The Sheriff’s Office provides security for the courthouse and its four Common Pleas judges, Probate Court judge, Domestic Relations Court judge, the Clerk of Courts, and the Juvenile Justice judge.  Business Hours: The normal business hours for the court buildings are 08:00am to 4:30pm Monday thru Friday.  Note: All visitors are required to walk through the metal detectors, and all bags and packages will be searched when entering the buildings.   

Lt. Pat Paterson

Throughout his 25-year career at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Paterson has served as a patrol Deputy, Field Training Officer, Detective, CVSA certified examiner, Quartermaster, Road Patrol Deputy Sergeant and Road Patrol Deputy Lieutenant.  He served 19 years on the Swat Team in roles of entry position and sniper.  Lt Paterson was also instrumental with his work toward the inception of our sheriff’s office Honor Guard Unit of which he remains a member.  Lt. Paterson attended Lakeland Community College where he also graduated the basic police academy in 1996.  He is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College and is also an FBI- LEEDA Trilogy recipient.  Lt. Paterson is excited to transition into his new role as Court Services Division Commander.  He looks forward to working with an outstanding Court Services staff in addition to all the wonderful county employees and officials.

Prisoner-Inmate Transports   

Please remember that when you come to the courthouse for any reason there are no weapons permitted inside the courthouse, nor are they permitted in any County building.  Such weapons include, but are not limited to; guns, knives, scissors, box cutters, razor blades, or any other type of sharp object that could be considered a weapon.

The Lake County Court Services Division is responsible for the transport of prisoners-inmates to and from the Lake County Courts, in addition to various doctors-hospitals appointments. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office performs approximately 5,000 prisoner transports annually. The Lake County Sheriff also transports prisoners/inmates to and from the three (3) Municipal Courts in Lake County.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office also transports approximately 700 prisoners to and from various Ohio Penal Institutions annually.  

Common Pleas Court Arraignments

The Painesville Municipal Court Arraignments are performed via video at the Lake County Adult Detention Facility, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:15 PM and on Thursday and Friday at 11:00 AM.  Lake County Common Pleas Court Arraignments are scheduled weekly on Friday mornings at 08:15 AM in the lobby of The Lake County Sheriff’s Office, 104 E. Erie Street Painesville, Ohio.Painesville Municipal Court Arraignments.

Wanted Persons

The Lake County Sheriff is responsible for the apprehension of wanted subjects on warrants issued by the Lake County Common Pleas Courts, Domestic Relations Court, Juvenile Court, Painesville Municipal Court and the remaining two (2) Municipal Courts in Lake County. The Lake County Sheriff receives and processes approximately 1000 warrants annually. The Sheriff successfully apprehends approximately 400 Felons annually and 350 misdemeanor wanted subjects. In addition, the Sheriff also apprehends wanted subjects for other Ohio Counties and States.   

Court Services Division Supervision

Capt. Ron Walters, CLEE

Capt. Ron Walters, CLEE is the Court Services Commander, and has served over 32 years in field of law enforcement.  Capt. Walters came to the Sheriff’s Office after serving in the United States Marine Corps.  Ron is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Northwestern Staff and Command school , Police Executive Leadership College, and the Certified Law Enforcement Executive program.  Capt. Walters has served in many aspects of leadership at the Sheriff’s Office including patrol deputy, shift sergeant, shift Lieutenant, and for 20 years Detective Bureau Commander.  He has served 17 years on the Lake County Sheriff’s office SWAT team; 3 years as Team Commander and 10 years as a team leader.  Ron is a member of the Ohio Department of Public Safety – Tactical Technical Advisory Board  for Homeland Security , Member of the Ohio Advisory Committee on Methamphetamine, and Member of the Lake County Child Fatality Review Board.