Ringland to run for seat on 12th District Court

January 25th, 2007    Author: Rodney Beckwith    Filed Under: News

Clermont County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ringland has stepped up to be the first candidate running for a new seat created in the 12th district court of appeals. The 12th district court of appeals hears cases in Butler County.

“I sat on the court of appeals before,” said Judge Ringland. “It was on a case-by-case basis back in the ’80s. The supreme court appointed trial judges to sit on the court of appeals as long as it didn’t involve any of their own cases. I sat on the board of appeals in the 12th district, which is Middletown, the 2nd, which is Dayton, and I heard cases in Columbus in the 10th district, and Cleveland, the 8th district. I found it interesting.”

Judge Ringland said that his interest has grown in the appeals court since his time as a case-by-case member. The chance to run was, therefore, a natural for the Clermont judge who will be running in the May, 2008 primary.

“I’d like to try to do some more if it,” said Judge Ringland. “It’s a challenge. While I’ve had some experience, I consider it a new challenge. I like it, so it’s something I would consider doing.”

In terms of judging, the court of appeals could be considered a promotion, said Judge Ringland, but maybe not to everyone. The purpose of the court is essentially to critique the work of other judges, which can make it less than popular with most judges.

"It depends on who you talk to," said Judge Ringland. "If you talk to a trial judge, they wouldn't consider it a promotion, but I suppose it could be considered that. Many judges aspire to it. It's reviewing and critiquing the actions of your fellow colleagues and attorneys. You review their trials."

Judge Ringland has sought election to the appeals court before, but has never served there in an elected capacity. Less than a month ago, Judge Ringland said he saw his chance to serve as an appeals judge.

"The seat was just created," said Judge Ringland. "Gov. Taft, before he left, signed it into existence. I wanted to be the first to let people know I'm interested. I think it would begin in Feb., 2009."

Judge Ringland has been a judge in Clermont County since 1977, and serves as a resource and advisor to judges around the state. Judge Ringland is scheduled to hear the case against Liz Carroll who is accused in the killing of foster child Marcus Fiesel, who was in her care. If elected to the new position, Judge Ringland would cease to serve Clermont County specifically for the first time in over 30 years.

"I started on the county court bench, which was the predecessor to municipal court, in 1977," said Judge Ringland. "At that point, it was a part-time position. I became a common pleas judge in 1983, which is a full-time position."
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