Befuddled by the legal process? Judge Winters ready to help with Free Legal Clinic

Nov 28, 2023 | Around Ottawa County | 1 comment

Courts of law are frequently featured on television and in movies, and many people are glued to their screens to figure out how evidence, and judges and juries, will resolve various legal matters. But in a variety of court cases, Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters knows that a little knowledge can go a long way in court.

Winters will help Ottawa County residents learn the ins and outs of the legal process with a Free Legal Clinic on Thursday, Dec. 7 from noon to 3 p.m. to “offer support to local individuals facing legal challenges,” said Judge Winters.

As a result, Judge Winters will host a Free Legal Clinic to be held in the Law Library at the Ottawa County Courthouse, 315 Madison Sr., Second Floor, Port Clinton.

“I understand that navigating the legal system can be overwhelming, especially for those who cannot afford representation. The Free Legal Clinic is to provide assistance for those in need. The legal system should be accessible for everyone,” said Judge Winters.

Residents of Ottawa County are eligible to attend the Free Legal Clinic hosted by Judge Winters’ Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas. The Free Legal Clinic will be staffed by a local attorney and offers free information and guidance to individuals who are, or who will be, representing themselves.

The Free Legal Clinic is open to all Ottawa County residents and will offer direction on variety of legal matters. An attorney will be present to provide advice, answer questions and guide individuals through the legal process. Resources and self-help tools will also be provided.

The Free Legal Clinic does not provide full legal representation, but it serves as a valuable starting point for individuals who may not know where to turn for legal guidance.

The clinic is made possible by a grant received by the Court of Common Pleas and comes at no cost to the county. The program is made possible by collaboration with the Ottawa County Bar Association and local legal professionals committed to positive justice outcomes in the community.

For more information, visit To make an appointment to be heard at the Free Legal Clinic, contact Katelyn Ritzler by email at or call 419-734-6791. Appointments are not required, with walk-ins also be accepted.

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  1. lew herrel

    This is a great idea! However, if I may, you should provide this clinic to the inmates already being held in jail so they have a better understanding. Would also be nice if residents of other counties were allowed to attend (I’m in Sandusky county).


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