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Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas - Domestic Relations Division (term commencing 7/1/2021)

Salary: $121,350Term: 6 yearsResponsibilities: To handle cases of divorce, dissolution of marriage, annulment, separation, and child custody matters. For more information on judicial candidates visit: JudicialVotesCount.org

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    Anne B. Flottman

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    Amy Searcy

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)

Twitter @FlottmanAnne
Occupation I have served as a Magistrate in the Warren County Domestic Relations Court since February 2014. Prior to joining that court, I was a partner at Wood and Lamping with a practice focused on domestic relations law.
Education J.D. University of Cincinnati; M.A. English Literature, Xavier University; B.A. English and Spanish, University of Kentucky
Experience 2014- present: Magistrate, Warren Co. Domestic Relations Court 2007-2014: Partner, Wood Lamping LLP 2002-2007: Law Offices of Anne B. Flottman 1999-2001: law clerk and associate- Wagner and Bloch, LLP 1989-99: English Instructor, Xavier University
Family Married almost 40 years to Thomas R. Flottman. We have three sons: Ted - married to Melissa with 19 mo. old Ronan; Will - married to Lauren; Augustus.
Endorsements Hamilton County Democratic Party, United States Senator Sherrod Brown, AFL/CIO, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus, 1889 Friends of the Sentinels, IBEW Local 212, AFSCME, UFCW Local 75, Equality Cincinnati, The Honorable Thaddeus Hoffmeister, National Association of Social Workers, Working Families Party, Bold New Democracy, Our Revolution
Affliations Trustee of Ohio Women's Bar Association, Board Member of Ohio Chapter of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Volunteer Lawyers' Committee for The Immigration and Refugee Law Center, Ohio Bar Association, Ohio Association of Magistrates; Past member of Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Political Party Affiliation Democratic
First, my Court will increase access to justice with a policy of inclusion and diversity. Our Court staff and magistrates must reflect the beautiful diversity of Hamilton County so that people feel comfortable coming to our court, and so we can respond better to our residents' needs and concerns. Next, I will partner with Drug Court, Juvenile Court, and Veterans' Court to combine and streamline our resources to help every family, every way we can. I will be a public servant to ALL the public.
As a Domestic Relations Court judge, I do not have cause to issue warrants. However, I support a thorough review of the need and efficacy of such warrants that includes all partners - law enforcement, public defenders, community agencies, and general division judges.
We will broaden the racial/ethnic diversity in the Court staff so we reflect and respond more equitably to all residents of our county. Each public servant in my Court will study our implicit biases so we can identify and eradicate them. We'll find partners to help families treat the mental health/substance abuse issues causing their conflict. We will increase free/low cost legal assistance. We will improve the Court's daily efficiency to respect people's time and resolve their cases quickly.
Twitter @JudgeAmySearcy
Occupation Judge, Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court
Education Wm. Henry Harrison High School; Xavier University; Chase College of Law
Experience 12 years on the bench as Judge and Magistrate; Judge Domestic Relations Court in Hamilton County since 2014; attorney for 30 years.
The calling of a judicial officer is to provide equal justice to all. in the last 6 years, I have made it easier for anyone to file in our court by instituting electronic filing - making our court a leader in the region when other nearby counties do not offer this. In addition, petitioners for protective orders now receive text messages when the Order has been delivered. I have received national recognition for making my courtroom friendlier and calm so all parties can come to agreeable terms.
It is improper for judicial candidates to take positions on how they may rule. For those who feel that "no-knock" warrant laws should be changed, they should pursue changes through the legislature. It creates a problem with equitable administration of the law for judges to indicate that they will use a power granted them while others do not. Attorneys cannot "judge shop" for the judge who indicates they will use certain rules where others do not.
All parties in my courtroom have always received equal treatment regardless of any status. Domestic Relations parties are either petitioners/plaintiffs or respondents/defendants, and they each have equal footing when making their case. Whereas in a criminal court, the burden of proof is on the prosecutor to prove guilt, in domestic relations court, the burden of proof is on all parties to prove their position on parenting issues, equitable property distribution and all final orders.