Plan Your Visit

We are conveniently located in Painesville, Ohio at 53 East Erie Street. We are on the north side of the street between the Lake County Jail/Burger King on the east and BP/Arby's on the west.

Directions from State Route 2: Get off at the Richmond Street (S.R. 283) exit; turn left and go south on Richmond Street to downtown Painesville, about 0.7 mile (five traffic signal lights) to Erie Street; turn left on East Erie Street, go about 700 feet and our parking lot is on the left.

Directions from Interstate Route 90: Get off at the S.R. 44 exit (mile marker 200); go north on S.R. 44; exit at S.R. 84; turn right onto S.R. 84, and go east to Liberty Street, the second traffic signal light; turn left onto Liberty Street and go north to downtown Painesville, about 1 mile. Turn right onto East Erie Street and our parking lot is about 700 feet from the light, on the left.

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Once you turn into the parking lot at the crosswalk, you can park at the upper or lower levels, or other nearby parking lots. For detention center visitation or to attend Alternative School, you will enter at the lower level at the doors on your far right. For all other business at the Court, you will enter at the upper level entrance, by the flag pole.

Upon entering at the upper level, you will pass through security. You will place small items, such as your keys and cell phone in the small baskets provided, and place purses and bags on the conveyor belt. You'll then step through the metal detector. From security, you will go to your right to either the receptionist or Clerk's Office.

The receptionist can help you with the following:

  • Checking in for a hearing
  • Meeting with an Intake Officer or Probation Officer
  • Checking in for an appointment or office visit
  • Dropping off information for Court staff

The Clerk's Office is just past the receptionist and to the right and can help you with the following:

Upon approaching the secured lower level entrance, you must press the button on the wall and, after being prompted, state the reason for your visit. The door will be unlocked and Court staff will meet you at the door to assist you in either detention visitation or Alternative School attendance. Upon entrance, you will be checked with a metal detector. Please be sure to bring a photo ID. Detention visitation times are Sunday and Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and are limited to 30 minutes. Only parents, stepparents, grandparents, and brothers and sisters over the age of 18 (siblings need P.O. permission) are permitted to visit. Children of residents will be allowed to visit on Saturdays only, and only while resident is on Level III or IV. No-contact orders from the Court for any of these people will be strictly followed.

If you still have questions about your visit, you can find many answers on our Frequently Asked Questions page or call us at 440-350-3000.


“ Thank you for the time you took with my family during this very difficult time. Your words during the sentencing seem to have made an impact.”