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Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas - Drug Court Division (term commencing 1/3/2021)

Salary: $121,350Term: 6 yearsResponsibilities: Accepts or rejects any case referred and has full authority to conduct arraignment, accept pleas, enter findings and dispositions, conduct trials, order treatment, pronounce and enter sentence.For more information on judicial candidates visit:

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    Nicole Sanders

Biographical Information

What kinds of policies, if any, will you pursue to promote social and racial justice in our community? (500 characters)

Would you approve requests for no-knock warrants from law enforcement? If so, what considerations influence your decision? (500 characters)

How will you work to provide all defendants coming through your courtroom equal treatment, regardless of race, gender, ability to pay, or mental status? (500 characters)

Occupation judge, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, Drug Court Division
Education B.A. - Ohio State University, 1980 J.D. - Ohio State University College of Law, 1983
Experience Drug Court judge since 2001, prior municipal court judge, prior juvenile court magistrate, prior civil litigator in large law firm, prior city of Cincinnati trial attorney and prior assistant city prosecutor.
Family I am a divorced mother of two: a son, age 24 and a daughter, age 27. I am also the oldest of my parents' six children.
Endorsements Equality Cincinnati PAC
Political Party Affiliation Republican
For over nineteen years I have made it my mission, practice, and purpose to make sure that all persons who come in contact with drug court are treated equally. Social and racial justice begin with being seen, and then being acknowledged as a human being who is as worthy of the same consideration as any other person. In my courtroom, I will always continue to promote and administer justice.
As drug court judge I do not sign search warrants, therefore I have never signed a no-knock warrant.
I have, and will continue to provide equal treatment to all persons who come through drug court. Race, gender, ability to pay or mental status are not, and should not be barriers to addressing addiction issues. Acknowledging and addressing a drug court client's status and/or situation, and providing specific tools to address them, is what drug court does well. There is no place for discrimination in my court.
Twitter @nsanders4judge
Occupation Magistrate Judge, currently presiding over delinquency cases in Hamilton County Common Pleas, Juvenile Court Division
Education Attended and Graduated from the University of Cincinnati and University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Experience 17 years of diverse legal experience as a prosecutor, civil litigator, appellate attorney and Magistrate Judge.
Endorsements Hamilton County Democratic Party Equality Cincinnati PAC Fanon A. Rucker, Retired Municipal Judge and Hamilton County Prosecutor Candidate Thaddeus Hoffmeister, Wyoming Mayor Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus Equality Cincinnati Bold New Democracy UFCW Local 75 AFSCME, Ohio Council 8 Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council Cincinnati Federation of Teachers Greater Cincinnati UAW CAP Council
Political Party Affiliation Democrat
I will work with the other judges on the bench to have common sense bail reform, and ensure that the courthouse staff is reflective of the community as a whole.

I plan to work with the other judges on the bench to reform the Courthouse hours to address those concerns of those whose working hours exceed the regular 9- 5 business hours and end the cattle call of cases in the morning so that those who have cases have time to enter the Courthouse and participate in their case.
I as a current Magistrate Judge and Judicial Candidate, I am precluded from answering and addressing issues that may come before me as a Judicial Officers.
Equal treatment is easy to provide because everyone will be treated with respect. When you respect everyone, those labels used to divide don't matter because you don't give the labels any significance.