Duties of the County Prosecutor
Advises County Officials
Ohio law designates the County Prosecutor's Office as the
chief legal counsel for all county offices, boards, and agencies
such as the Board of County Commissioners, the County Engineer,
County Auditor, Board of Elections, County Treasurer and other
In his capacity as chief legal counsel for all county officers, he may advise and offer written opinions to county
officers in matters connected with their official duties. The
Prosecutor is required to prosecute and defend all suits and
actions which any board or officer directs or to which the board
or officer is a party.
As counsel for the County Auditor, the Prosecutor advises the
Auditor on all taxation matters, including appeals. The
Prosecutor also represents the county Treasurer in receivership
proceedings to collect taxes and other matters relating to the
collection of county monies.
Prosecutes Serious Crimes
The County Prosecutor prosecutes all persons charged with
committing felonies in Coshocton County. Felonies are serious
criminal offenses that may result in imprisonment in a State
Penitentiary for at least six months.
The Prosecutor has the power to inquire into the commission of
crimes. He presents cases to the grand jury and prepares
The Prosecutor conducts the trials of those persons charged
with felonies and collects for the County all fines and costs
levied. The Prosecutor also represents the State of Ohio in all
appeals and post-conviction release petitions filed by felons
convicted in Coshocton County.
Prosecutes Juvenile Offenders
The County Prosecutor prosecutes all juveniles alleged to be
unruly, delinquent or a juvenile traffic offender in Coshocton
County. The Prosecutor also represents the State of Ohio in all
appeals a filed by juveniles found to be unruly, delinquent or a
juvenile traffic offender.
In 2001 Prosecutor Bob Batchelor brought the prosecution of child, abuse, neglect and dependency cases under the umbrella of the Prosecutor's Office. A special child victim detective works closely with case workers from Children's Services to investigate allegations of abuse. The Prosecutor's Office has an interview room that is age appropriate for child victims and is dedicated to the investigation of abuse cases.
Is an Elected Official
The Prosecutor is elected and holds office for four years. The
Prosecutor is elected in the Presidential election years. The
term begins on the first Monday of January following the