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The Honorable Judge Melba D. Marsh

Hamilton County Common Pleas Court 

October 18, 2019, Hamilton County judges in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the Hamilton County Courthouse.


Judge Marsh has been active in both educational and civic activities. She has served as a lecturer for nearly twenty years at the University of Cincinnati. In addition, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Thomas J. Moyer appointed her to serve as a member of the "Ohio Commission on Racial Fairness".


She has also served on several boards in the Greater Cincinnati area including the Franciscan Home Development and Housing Board, The American Red Cross, the Cincinnati Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the educational program -- Queen City Foundation.


Judge Marsh has won numerous awards and garnered special recognition which include; YWCA Career Women of Achievement for excelling in Law (1987), 200 Who's Who in Cincinnati (1989), and Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) by the United States Chamber of Commerce (1991).


Judge Melba D. Marsh  is currently serving in her 23rd year on the Common Pleas bench and has had the privilege of  serving twice as the Court’s Presiding Judge. This year, 2020, she celebrates 43 years of service at the Hamilton County Courthouse with nearly 31 years as a Judge. 


A Seton High School and College of Mount Saint Joseph graduate, she earned

 a law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1977, she began an eleven-year career in the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office. As an assistant prosecuting attorney, she tackled cases spanning the gamut of criminal prosecution through the Juvenile, Municipal and Common Pleas Court divisions.


In 1989, Judge Marsh was elected to the Hamilton County Municipal Court -- "The People's Court." Her judgeship spanned seven years prior to being elected to the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.


In 1996, she was elected to the General Division of the Court of Common Pleas. The Court of Common Pleas is the highest trial court in Ohio. The General Division hears civil and criminal cases.

Thank You. Justice Served.

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