Legal assistance

In addition to a wealth of print and online resources, Stark County has many legal advocates available to support young people in the local justice system. These experts – from program providers to pro-bono attorneys, law schools, bar associations and other organizations and individuals –selflessly deliver valuable legal aid to local youth and their families. If you are seeking legal assistance, find people, programs and resources who can help.

Local legal resources

Canton City Prosecutor

Responsible for handling misdemeanor cases, felony preliminary hearings and private complaints filed in Stark County.
Canton City Law Department, 218 Cleveland Ave. SW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 489-3395

CHANCE Drug Court Program

A specialized court program helping individuals involved in felony alcohol and drug-related cases to become contributing members of the Stark County community.
201 Cleveland Ave. SW
Suite 101
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7036

Child Support Enforcement Agency

Supporting families and children throughout child support and emancipation cases.
122 Cleveland Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-8930

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)/ Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)

Representing the rights and interests of abused, neglected and dependent children in Stark County.
110 Central Plz. S
Suite 436
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7914

Day Reporting

A jail diversion program offering a variety of services and programs for offenders, including:
  • Chemical dependency treatment
  • Parenting groups
  • Community service opportunities
201 Cleveland Ave. SW
Suite 101
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7036
Fax: (330)-477-8128

Honor Court

Providing active-duty service members and veterans with mentoring and support services as they complete probation.
101 West Tuscarawas St.
2nd Floor
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7708
Mentor Program: (330) 754-8007
Mentor Program: (330) 754-8007

H.O.P.E. Program

Mental health professionals who help individuals complete Intensive Supervision Probation (ISP), reach stabilization and decrease risks for re-offending.
115 Central Plaza N
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7931

Intensive Supervision Probation

A yearlong jail diversion program providing house arrest and curfews as an alternative to prison incarceration.
201 Cleveland Ave. SW
Suite 103
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 493-7835

Pre-Trial Services

Assisting the court with pre-trial release decisions for criminal cases as well as monitoring services once individuals have been released.
201 Cleveland Ave. SW
Suite 102
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7451

Re-Entry Court

Providing transitional support for felony offenders as they return to society, including:
  • Help with housing
  • Employment services
  • Anger management programs
  • Sex offender treatment
Offer a yearlong program with four phases that begins during sentencing and continues throughout the transfer to a correctional facility, during incarceration and as the individual transitions back into the community.
201 Cleveland Ave. SW
Suite 105
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7186

Stark County Bar Association

Referrals for people who have questions or need legal advice but do not know where to turn for a lawyer.
116 Cleveland Ave. NW
Suite 400
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 453-0685
Attorney referrals: (330) 453-0686
Attorney referrals: (330) 453-0686

Stark County Family Court

Legal services for child custody, behavioral health and domestic relations cases. Visit their website for more information. Intake specialists who work with juvenile offenders and their families to prepare for court cases and provide mediation when possible are available at (330) 451-7317.
110 Central Plz. S
Suite 670
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7415
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Stark County Juvenile Prosecutor

Helping victims of juvenile crimes in Stark County to seek justice and rebuild their lives.
Phone: (330) 451-7482

Stark County Public Defender

Legal counsel and representation for low-income residents who are unable to afford a private defense attorney.
201 Cleveland Ave. SW
Suite 104
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7200

Victim/Witness Division of the Stark County Prosecutor's Office

Supporting victims of crimes in Stark County with information about all aspects of the prosecution as well as community referrals to health and social services.
110 Central Plz. S
Suite 510
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7452
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Local courts

Appeals Court

Receives all the paperwork and filings from the juvenile, municipal, probate and common pleas courts.
110 Central Plaza South
Suite 690
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7801

Clerk of Courts

Files, dockets, indexes and preserves all civil, domestic relation and felony criminal case court pleadings, as well as collects and pays out court fines and costs.
115 Central Plaza North
Suite 101
Canton, OH 44702
Stark County Courthouse : (330) 451-77801
Stark County Courthouse : (330) 451-77801
Stark County Office Building : (330) 451-7755
Stark County Office Building : (330) 451-7755

Honor Court

Providing active-duty service members and veterans with mentoring and support services as they complete probation.
101 West Tuscarawas St.
2nd Floor
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7708
Mentor Program: (330) 754-8007
Mentor Program: (330) 754-8007

Re-Entry Court

Providing transitional support for felony offenders as they return to society, including:
  • Help with housing
  • Employment services
  • Anger management programs
  • Sex offender treatment
Offer a yearlong program with four phases that begins during sentencing and continues throughout the transfer to a correctional facility, during incarceration and as the individual transitions back into the community.
201 Cleveland Ave. SW
Suite 105
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7186

Stark County Civil Court

The Stark County Civil Court collects, records and/or issues this paperwork:
  • Foreclosures, business disputes and personal injury
  • Ohio sales and income tax records
  • Certificates of judgement and subpoenas
115 Central Plaza N
#101
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7801

Stark County Family Court

Legal services for child custody, behavioral health and domestic relations cases. Visit their website for more information. Intake specialists who work with juvenile offenders and their families to prepare for court cases and provide mediation when possible are available at (330) 451-7317.
110 Central Plz. S
Suite 670
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7415
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Other local legal resources

CHANCE Program

A specialized court program helping individuals involved in felony alcohol and drug-related cases to become contributing members of the Stark County community.

Day Reporting

A jail diversion program offering a variety of services and programs for offenders, including:

  • Chemical dependency treatment
  • Parenting groups
  • Community service opportunities

HOPE Program

Mental health professionals who help individuals complete Intensive Supervision Probation (ISP), reach stabilization and decrease risks for re-offending.

Honor Court Mentor Program

Connecting offenders with volunteer veterans to help them successfully complete the Honor Court program.

Intensive Supervision Probation (ISP)

A yearlong jail diversion program providing house arrest and curfews as an alternative to prison incarceration.

Pre-Trial Services

Assisting the court with pre-trial release decisions for criminal cases as well as monitoring services once individuals have been released.

Pre-Trial & Pre-Sentence Services

Collecting pre-sentence investigation, post-sentence investigation, judicial release and expungement reports on investigated individuals for the Court of Common Pleas.

Re-Entry Program

A yearlong program with four phases that begins during sentencing and continues throughout the transfer to a correctional facility, during incarceration and as the individual transitions back into the community.

Helpful links

Community Legal Aid

Online resource library for a wide range of legal topics.

Help for Parents

Find resources from TroubledTeens.com to support at-risk youth through many of life’s challenges.

The Juvenile Justice Resource Hub

Provides information about mental health, discrimination, reentry and more.

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction

Programs, education and support for those reentering the community after serving prison time.

Ohio Department of Youth Services

Programs, opportunities and support resources to encourage positive outcomes for youth offenders.

Stark County Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Find nearby resources for free or low-cost legal assistance.