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Lyndhurst Municipal Court Judge

Term: 6 yearsSalary: $125,850Judge Mary Kaye Bozza, first elected to the bench in 2000, is running against challenger Dominic Coletta.The Lyndhurst Municipal Court serves the communities of Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Gates Mills Village, Highland Heights, and Richmond Heights.
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  • Mary Kaye Bozza Judge, Lyndhurst Municipal Court

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Age 65
Education J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law; CSU Graduate May 1987 and admitted to the Ohio Bar November 16, 1987
Residence municipality Mayfield Village
Qualifications for office Judge of the Lyndhurst Municipal Court for 17 plus years
Work experience See "Judicial Experience" answer
Affiliations My Community Outreach Programs are described below in Question #1. I am a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Cleveland Metro Bar Association, Ohio Judicial College, Association of Municipal and County Judges, Northern Ohio Municipal Judges Association, American Judges Association, American Judges Foundation, St. Francis of Assisi
Endorsements The Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council; Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 57
Bar Association Ratings N/A
I have been the Judge of the Lyndhurst Municipal Court for 17 plus years commencing January 1, 2000. The Lyndhurst Municipal Court is a single judge multijurisdictional court serving six communities comprised of the City of Mayfield Heights, the City of Highland Heights, the City of Richmond Heights, the City of Lyndhurst and the Village of Gates Mills and Mayfield Village. Our Court currently handles a caseload of approximately 15,000 cases per year. The Criminal Traffic Division processes cases described as felony first appearances, misdemeanor crimes, building and housing violations, driving under the influence of drugs and or alcohol cases, driving under suspensions, vehicular homicide and/or manslaughter accidents, simple traffic accidents and all other traffic infractions. This involves arraignments, pre trials, motion hearings, protection order hearings, competency hearings, judge trials and jury trials. Many motions are ruled upon without a formal hearing and these are done by ruling upon motions received by mail or by fax. Another duty as Judge is that all felony and misdemeanor arrests from the six police departments require probable cause determinations. Information regarding the case is brought to court by the respective arresting agency during regular court hours for my review and ruling. (See JudicialVotesCount.org for more.)
My life experience as a single parent who raised two children while continuing my college and law school education, gives me a greater sensitivity to real life challenges that I see in the courtroom. I have lived in the Hillcrest area for sixty years. I am a stakeholder in this community. I have witnessed the changing demographics and I have a solid understanding of the needs of the community who appear before me in the court.

In addition to punishments required by law, I adjudicate cases with an effort toward rehabilitation through education and positive reinforcement. My background includes an education in business and I understand the fiscal responsibility of being a single judge court serving six communities. The Court has operated responsibly for seventeen years. The Court’s expenses do not exceed the court costs collected from its adjudicated cases.

I have passion, intelligence, common sense, dedication and the energy to continue my service as Judge of the Lyndhurst Municipal Court. Prior to becoming Judge: 1996-1999 Associate at Porter Wright Morris and Arthur Law Firm Cleveland Office 1991-1996 Associate at Baughman Law Firm 1989-1991 Assistant Attorney General Cleveland Office 1987-1989 Associated with Guy V. Bozza Attorney at Law.

As Judge of the Lyndhurst Municipal Court it is my mission to be a visible example of hard work and dedication, through education, rehabilitation and adjudication, thus creating a better public service to the citizens served by the Court. I have accomplished this for over seventeen years. And I have the desire to continue working for the community. My motto is “Coraggio vivere con passion” Courage to live with passion. Visit my website http://www.judgemarykayebozza.info
Age 40
Education J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2004
Residence municipality Highland Heights
Work experience Criminal and Civil Litigation Attorney since 2004
Affiliations Vice Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section (2015); Member of the Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Member of the Millridge Elementary PTG
Endorsements N/A
Bar Association Ratings N/A
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I have the experience, integrity, and demeanor to discharge the responsibilities required of the Judge of the Lyndhurst Municipal Court. I have been an active practicing attorney for thirteen years, practicing both criminal defense and civil litigation in federal, state, and municipal courts throughout Ohio. Since 2005, I have been on the approved trial counsel list to represent indigent defendants charged with felony offenses in Cuyahoga County. Representing these individuals has not only given me extensive experience in all aspects of criminal law, but has been a constant reminder that every case is unique and the most important event in that defendant’s life at that time. In 2013, I was selected by the judges of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to serve as a member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel. The CJA Panel is a select group of qualified and court-approved attorneys that provide representation in federal court to any person financially unable to obtain adequate representation. I have been re-appointed to the CJA Panel each year since 2013. In 2015, I served as Vice Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section. Recently, I was recognized by my peers as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star for the fifth time, which is an honor reserved for only the top 2.5% of lawyers in Ohio. The selection process involves peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. Read more at judicialvotescount.org.
I am running to be the next Judge of the Lyndhurst Municipal Court because I believe that I will bring a fresh perspective and new ideas that will improve the Court. Currently, the Lyndhurst Municipal Court lacks the technology necessary for the efficient and effective administration of justice. Of the thirteen municipal courts in Cuyahoga County, the Lyndhurst Municipal Court is the only court that does not accept online payments. This everyday convenience is a necessary component of an efficient court and can be implemented at no additional cost to the Court. I will also implement an electronic filing system so that litigants can submit filings to the Court electronically. An electronic filing system will reduce the Court’s use of paper and allow for quick distribution and retrieval of court filings. I will also explore implementing email notifications of hearings which would increase the Court’s efficiency and save the Court on postage, paper, and printing costs. Funds are available to improve theCourt’s technology. Beginning in 2015, the Ohio Supreme Court has awarded more than .5 million annually (.5 million total) in grant funds to support local court technology projects. In 2015 and 2017, the Lyndhurst Municipal Court did not even apply for any grant money to improve the Court’s technology. In 2016, the Court applied for approximately ,000 in grant fund.s but its application was denied. Read more at judicialvotescount.org

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