Magistrate Barbara McNeil was appointed Magistrate of the Mahoning County Juvenile Court in 2022. As Magistrate, she primarily hears cases involving custody.
The Majority of Magistrate McNeil’s docket involves Third Party petitions for custody and visitation. Many grandparents of other non-parents file petitions for custody when parents are unable to care for and provide for their children.
Magistrate McNeil is originally from Buffalo, New York and Columbus, Ohio, where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work and then a Juris Doctor Degree from Capital University Law School. She worked for Franklin County Children Services for several years before obtaining her law degree. She also worked for the Ohio Industrial Commission as a hearing officer.