Getting to Know Melba Marsh

Judge Marsh who organized and chaired the 100th Anniversary of the Hamilton County Courthouse opens the doors and invites all of the public to enter and enjoy the celebration.


• First African-American Woman elected Judge to Hamilton

   County Court of Common Pleas General Trial Division

• First Woman elected to serve as Presiding Judge of the

   Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas-- Twice


Common Pleas Serving in Her 31st Year as Hamilton County Judge

• 7 Years in the Hamilton County Municipal Court

• 23 Years in the Hamilton County Court of


Judge, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Hamilton County, Ohio EDUCATION 1974 # B.A. Secondary Education - College of Mount St. Joseph Mount St. Joseph, Ohio 1977 - Juris Doctor - University of Cincinnati College of Law Cincinnati, Ohio


November 1977 Admitted to the Ohio Bar Admitted to the Federal Bar 1977 - Present Lecturer in Business Law courses 1977 - 1989 Assistant Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Practicing in Juvenile, Municipal and Common Pleas Court Divisions 1989 - 1996 Elected Judge - Hamilton County Municipal Court 1996 - Present Elected Judge - Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas


Member of the Ohio State Bar Association and American Judges Association. Appointed by Ohio Chief Justice Moyer to serve as a member of the "Ohio Commission on Racial Fairness".


Awards - 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). Board Member of Queen City Foundation - educational program.

'Mother Martha' Milton was a Civic Force in West End and Cincinnati

Cincinnati Herald: June 24, 2009

Martha Milton honored by The Talbert House Program in recognition of being one of its founding members.

Great Possibilities - Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing

Highlighting children who grew up in Cincy housing projects and were now all grown up leading successful lives.

Cincinnati Enquirer

December 30, 1977

First Woman to serve as an Assistant County Prosecutor in Juvenile Court and the first black woman to hold a prosecutorial position in Hamilton County.

Named YWCA Women of Achievement Award

May 13, 1987

Elected Judge 1989 - Hamilton County Municipal Court

November 12, 1989

Melba Marsh, first black Woman Tapped as Prosecuting Attorney in Hamilton County

Cincinnati Enquirer: February 28, 1993

Keynote Speaker at MLK Celebration - Music Hall

January 18, 1994

Honorable Justice

September 17, 2003

Safeguarding Families

July 19, 2007

National Interest Case

March 10, 2007

Leading Change

November 27, 2012

Interesting case that made national news.

Everybody in the Jury Pool

May 26, 2017

Judge Marsh advocates blending the lists from three sources - voter registrations, driver's licenses, and state income tax filings to encourage diversity in the jury pool.

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