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Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas - General Division (term commencing 2/11/2021)

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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    Thomas O. Beridon

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    Robert A. Goering

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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 @judgeberidon
Occupation Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge
Education J.D., University of Cincinnati B.S., Ohio University
Experience I am currently serving as Judge on the Hamilton Court of Common Pleas. Before I was elected I was a practicing attorney for nearly 20 years.
Family I live with my wife, two children, and my dog in Pleasant Ridge.
Endorsements Hamilton County Democratic Party, Equality Cincinnati, Cincinnati AFL-CIO, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, AFSCME, UFCW, Plumbers-Pipefitters Local 392, National Association of Social Workers, FOP, Sentinels,
Affliations Cincinnati Bar Association Ohio State Bar Association Talbert House - past Board Member Nativity Parish - past Parish Council President Cincinnati Works- former Chair, Legal Advisory board Hamilton County Criminal Justice Commission, former Member
Political Party Affiliation Democrat
I believe my influence in the community begins in my courtroom. I treat everyone who appears before me with dignity. I also perform monthly objective reviews of how I am performing my sworn duties with regard to both pre-trial procedures and sentencing. Finally, I make a point of getting out in the community and connecting with people so that in the event they appear in court they will be more comfortable and understand that the judiciary works for the community.
Common Pleas Judges do not deal with warrants for physical locations; we see warrants for phone and electronic records. Having said that, I recognize that no-knock warrants involve a high level of risk and danger, and the requirements should be extremely stringent to protect the public if they are to be issued.
I perform reviews of my procedures, including sentencing. For example, in my courtroom we track sentences including demographic data so that I can make sure sentences are in line with what I would expect based on the offense. When setting a bond, I understand that its purpose is to ensure that the defendant returns to court, and setting a high bond regardless of ability to pay is counterproductive. These are just two examples; more change is necessary, and I will keep working to achieve it.
Twitter @GoeringRob
Occupation Hamilton County Treasurer 1991-current Small Business Owner 1999-current Adjunct Professor of Law Attorney at Law
Education Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, KY Degree: J.D.-May 1986 Denison University, Granville, OH Degree: B.A.-May 1982-Cum Laude Mariemont High School, Cincinnati, OH Diploma: 1978-Class Rank: Third
Experience Eagle Scout Phi Beta Kappa Leadership Cincinnati Class XV and Steering Committee Hamilton County Budget Commission - current President Hamilton County Investment Advisory Committee- President 1991-current Hamilton County Treasurer -1991-current
Family Wife: Monica Sons: Will, Doug and Roman
Endorsements In my previous elections I have been supported by numerous Elected Officials, Unions, Individuals and Political Organizations. The only important Endorsement is from you on Election Day - November 3,2020.
Affliations Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio; U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, Cincinnati Bar Association - member and service on various committees and subcommittees; Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor; Incorporator of the Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation (County Land Bank)- Board Member 2012-present, Board President 2016-current.
Political Party Affiliation Republican
Social and racial justice are the cornerstones of our republic. The Preamble to the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct is specific that “the judiciary plays a central role in preserving the principles of justice and the rule of law.”

As a Common Pleas Court Judge, I will continue to pursue policies that promote social and racial justice. I have done this in the tens of thousands of cases before the Board of Revision that I serve as President. We treat all Complainants fairly and equitably.
While few such warrants are issued by the Court that I seek, the rules are statutory. I will fairly, independently and impartially decide no-knock requests based on the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 41 and the ORC 2933.231. I will require a statement that good cause exists that there is a risk of serious physical harm to law enforcement, the facts upon which this is based including names of individuals that pose a threat, and verification of the specific address to be searched.
In my 3 decades of public service, I have treated people fairly and equally regardless of race, gender, ability to pay and or mental status. I believe it is inherent that judges respect and honor all litigants so as to enhance confidence in the public trust and our great legal system.

By treating everyone fairly and with dignity, I will ensure public confidence in the courts independence, impartiality, integrity and competence.