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Judge of the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile - Full Term Beginning 1/2/2021

The Lucas County Court of Common Pleas is the trial court of general jurisdiction. This means that it hears felony cases as well as civil disputes where the amount of money in controversy exceeds $500 and also has exclusive jurisdiction over civil cases exceeding $10,000.Salary 140,550Term 6 yrs

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  • Denise Navarre Cubbon

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Age 67
Residence Toledo
Education B.A., The American University; J.D., University of Toledo College of Law
Work Experience 2004-present, Lucas County Juvenile Court Judge; 1981-2004, Assistant prosecuting attorney, Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office
Family Married since November, 1981 to Stuart F. Cubbon; 4 children, 7 grandchildren
Affiliations Ohio State Bar Association, Toledo Bar Association, Lucas County Bar Association, Toledo Women’s Bar Association, National Association of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges; various judicial advisory boards on national, state and local levels
I have had the honor to serve as a Lucas County Juvenile Court Judge since my first election to office in 2004 until present. (Sworn in December 2, 2004) I have served as the Administrative Judge for Lucas County Juvenile Court since April, 2007 to present.
I was appointed to serve as an Assistant prosecuting attorney, Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office from November, 1981 until November, 2004 upon my election as Lucas County Juvenile Court judge. I was assigned to the Juvenile Division and the General Trial Division, with the majority of my time assigned to the Juvenile Division. I held supervisory positions in the Juvenile Division and the Senior Protection Unit.
It has been an honor to serve the children, youth, and families of Lucas County who find themselves before the Juvenile Court-many times out of no fault of their own. I have witnessed youth make important changes in their lives to become productive members of our community. I have witnessed families address safety and well-being issues to create safe, healthy and loving forever homes for children.

I am grateful to our community members and stakeholders who join Lucas County Juvenile Court, as together, we provide meaningful interventions that are age-appropriate, developmentally-sound best practices as we work with children, youth and families in their journey of change. I am committed to Lucas County Juvenile Court’s Mission to: ensure fairness, equity, and access to justice for all children and families regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation; ensure public safety; protect our community’s children; preserve families; work with our community to develop and enforce responsible behavior for adults and children; and ensure balance between consequences and rehabilitation while holding offenders accountable for their actions.

My goal is that every person who appears before Lucas County Juvenile Court, regardless of the reason, will be treated with the same respect and in the same manner that I would want and expect for my child, family, or friend.