Probate Court

Justice and Law Enforcement
General Information
Phone Numbers
Fax: 419-774-5865
Emergencies: Dial 911
50 Park Ave. East
Second Floor

Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
3:45 PM cut-off to accept filings

Common Pleas Court

of Richland County, Ohio

Probate Division

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Kelly L. Badnell, Judge

Judge Badnell was elected to office in November of 2020 and took office in February of 2021.


Patricia O'Donnell Kitzler

Magistrate Kitzler has served as the Court's Magistrate since 2015.



LEGAL PRACTICE is restricted, by law, to attorneys who are licensed by the Supreme Court of Ohio. If an individual wishes to handle his or her own case, he or she may do so, but may not represent others. Deputy Clerks are prevented, by law, from giving legal advice.

For legal help you may contact the Richland County Bar Association at 419-524-9944, this service will provide you with information on attorneys that can assist you with Probate Court proceedings in Richland County. If you cannot afford an attorney you may contact the Richland County Legal Clinic at 419-775-3935 or visit their website at