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News About the Courts

Local Court Receives State Certification

The Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Docket (SAMI) of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas – General Division has earned final certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets.  Read More.

Butler County Drug Court partners with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

On January 22, 2020, Judge Keith Spaeth’s Butler County Drug Court held its 42
nd semi-annual graduation at the Butler County Courthouse in Hamilton, Ohio. Ten individuals, each convicted of felony drug charges, were given a choice: go to jail for their offense or take part in Judge Spaeth’s model program of recovery and work. They chose Judge Spaeth’s program.

The goal of the Butler County Drug Court Program is to improve participants’ lives by requiring them to obtain stable employment, stable housing, and pro-social relations while living a sober lifestyle.  Read More.

Butler County Veterans Treatment Court achieves final certification

The Veterans Treatment Court of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas General Division has earned final certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets.

In order to receive the certification, the local court had to submit an application, undergo a site visit, and provide specific program materials in response to certification standards that went in to effect in January 2014.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor congratulated the Butler County Veterans Treatment Court and Judge Michael A. Oster, Jr. for receiving final certification.  Read More...

Judge Keith M. Spaeth named the recipient of the C.J. McLin Award

Butler County Common Pleas General Division Judge Keith M. Spaeth is the recipient of the 2019 C.J. McLin Award, presented by the Ohio Justice Alliance for Communtiy Corrections (OJACC).

This prestigious award is given annually to an elected official in Ohio who has worked towards the improvement of community corrections in Ohio and is named after the late Ohio Representative C.J. McLin Jr., who worked tirelessly in the General Assembly to improve community corrections through funding and legislative change.

Judge Spaeth is a longstanding and active member of OJACC, member of the Ohio Sentencing Commission and has been our county's Drug Court Judge since 2000.

FNS Felony Nonsupport News


The Felony Nonsupport Docket of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas has earned final certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor congratulated the Butler County Court of Common Pleas and Judge Jennifer McElfresh for receiving final certification.  Read More...

SAMI Substance Abuse Mental Illness News

The Substance Abuse Mental Illness (SAMI) Docket of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas has earned final certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor congratulated the Butler County Court of Common Pleas and Judge Noah Powers for receiving final certification.  Read More....

Court Administrator becomes Fellow of Institute for Court Management  

Williamsburg, VA - (May 3, 2019)  Mr. Wayne G. Gilkison, Court Administrator with the Butler County Common Pleas Court in Hamilton, OH, became a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management (ICM).  Read More....