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Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas - General Division (term commencing 1/2/2021)

Salary: $121,350 Term: 6 yrs Responsibilities: To preside at trials of both civil and criminal cases; to supervise the jury commission, grand jury, and other departments of the court.

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    Christian A. Jenkins

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 General Division
Education Elder High School Xavier University University of Dayton Law School
Experience Assistant Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Judge, Hamilton County Court of Domestic Relations Judge, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas General Division Judge, First District Court of Appeals
Family Spouse: Kathy Children: Brian, Kevin, Leah, Julie Grandchildren: George, Camden, Greyson, Gemma, Lainey, Isabelle, Walker, Xander, Maren
Endorsements Republican Party Cincinnati Right to Life Cincinnati Police F.O.P. Lodge #69 Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Local #392 Cincinnati Fire Fighters Union Local 48
Affliations Member of Our Lady Lourdes Parish (various programs at Lourdes) Ohio Judicial Conference Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association
Follow the law. This is what a judge is expected to do. When a judge, like me, adheres to the oath taken as a judge to follow the law, this promotes trust by the community in our justice system.

Treat all who come into my courtroom with dignity and respect. As a judge, I have unfailingly done just that. Win or lose I want everyone to know they were treated well in my courtroom.

Be fair and seek just resolutions for all.
Yes, if the legal justification was present and the factual circumstances dictate it. To do otherwise would irresponsibly put people's lives at risk. Having stated that, I do not believe in all my years as a judge I have been asked by law enforcement to approve such a request. I would consider the risk to the law enforcement personnel, the target of the warrant, the safety of all others in any way connected to the serving of the warrant and if all other options have been evaluated and ruled out.
As a judge I have always treated everyone who has come to my courtroom with respect, dignity and fairness. Every person is a human being. All human beings in America have the inherent right to be treated equally and fairly without regard to status, gender, race, sex or otherwise. I certainly adhere to this legal and moral mandate and my staff has always been taught and trained to do the same. I work hard every day to ensure equal treatment to all. Plain and simply, it is the right thing to do.
Occupation Managing partner at Minnillo & Jenkins Co., LPA
Education JD University of Wisconsin-Madison BA Penn State University
Experience Attorney since 1995 focusing on labor, employment, consumer and class action law
Family Married for 28 years with two daughters ages 22 and 16
Endorsements Hamilton County Democratic Party Equality Cincinnati PAC Cincinnati Federation of Teachers U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown UFCW AFL-CIO Sentinel Police Association
Affliations Ohio Association for Justice, Cincinnati Bar Association, National Association of Consumer and Bankruptcy Attorneys
Political Party Affiliation Democrat
Fair and equal treatment of all before the Court and respect for Constitutional rights are top priorities. All litigants appearing in Court will be treated with dignity and respect. I will support the compilation and publication of sentencing and other vital statistics to promote transparency and equitable treatment. I will also support the reinstatement of a docket to handle complex and commercial matters in Hamilton County to allow for a more efficient allocation of judicial resources.
Rule 4.1 of the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct provides that a judicial candidate cannot make pledges, promises or commitments about issues that may come before the court that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of the judicial office. Accordingly, the response to this question is that I would carefully follow controlling law as applicable to the facts of each case presented.
I will advocate for the compilation of historical county-wide sentencing statistics, including variations based on race and other factors. I will also support an effort to systematically address the many problems with the cash bail process. More details are available at And although the question only asks about equal treatment of "defendants," please remember that the court also hears many civil cases in which "plaintiffs" also deserve fair and equal treatment.