Administrative Judge Jon H. SieveAdministrative Judge - Judge Jon H. Sieve

Jon Henry Sieve has served as Judge of the Domestic Relations Division of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas since 2011. Judge Sieve was elected Administrative Judge effective August 1, 2016. As Administrative Judge, he is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the Court's operation. From 2008 until 2011 he served as a Magistrate of the Domestic Relations Division of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. Judge Sieve has significant private sector business experience, including ownership and operation of a General Motors Pontiac-GMC Dealership, while simultaneously operating a solo general practice, focusing on family law, probate, and real estate matters.

Judge Sieve received his Bachelor of Art's degree, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1976 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1979. Judge Sieve is a life-long resident of Hamilton County, residing in Western Hills.

Judge Amy L. Searcy Judge Amy L. Searcy

Judge Amy Searcy was appointed to Hamilton County’s Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations in May 2014 by Governor Kasich. She was then elected to her six-year term in November, 2014

Prior to her tenure as Judge, Amy Searcy was Director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections, Magistrate in Hamilton County Municipal Court and a Senior Trial Attorney in Hamilton County Public Defenders' Office.

In addition to her judicial and director experience, Judge Searcy has also served as an adjunct professor at the College of Mount St. Joseph, teaching Constitutional Law and Legal Principles; she mentored future leaders as a high school mock trial Legal Advisor. Searcy coached two State Champion mock trial teams: St. Xavier High School in 1998 and Oak Hills High School in 2007.  Oak Hills was also ranked 15th in the nation in 2007.

Judge Searcy is a lifelong resident of Hamilton County, graduating from William Henry Harrison High School, Xavier University and Salmon P. Chase College of Law, No. Kentucky University.

Judge Searcy believes in giving back to the community. Judge Searcy has recently been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Association of Domestic Relations Judges, and she is serving on the Ohio Judicial Conference's Domestic Relations' Law and Procedure Committee. She has served as a Board member of Talbert House and Prevention First. She also served on the Cincinnati Park Board Advisory Council and the Cincinnati Police "Citizens On Patrol". She is currently a Hamilton County Great Parks volunteer, and she serves on two Master Plan Committees, the City of Harrison Planning Committee and the Great Parks of Hamilton County Master Plan Committee. Judge Searcy is a graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Leadership Institute, Class of 2013; the Cincinnati Bar Association Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, Class of 2006; and Beyond Civility, Class of 2017. Judge Searcy is married, with two children and six grandchildren (and a seventh due in September).

Judge Susan Tolbert

Judge Susan Tolbert

Susan Laker Tolbert has served as Judge of the Domestic Relations Division of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas since 1999. From 1985 to 1999 Judge Tolbert was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office. In Hamilton County, she served as an appellate prosecutor, representing the State of Ohio in the First District Court of Appeals , Ohio Supreme Court, and United States Supreme Court on capital cases and other criminal matters, and was in charge of prosecutions dealing with mentally ill offenders.

Judge Tolbert received her Bachelor of Art's degree, cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati in 1980 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1984. She has previously served on the Board of the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Association. Judge Tolbert's community service includes Hospice of Cincinnati and the American Red Cross. Judge Tolbert is a life-long resident of Hamilton County, having grown up in Colerain Township. She is married and is mother to three: two sons and one daughter. 

 

Magistrates

Magistrates conduct trials and motion hearings pursuant to Rule 53, Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure. They issue orders relating to discovery issues, case scheduling, and related pre-trial matters. Magistrates set temporary custody, parenting time, and child and spousal support orders pursuant to Rule 75, Ohio Rule of Civil Procedure. They issue written decisions addressing issues relating to evaluation and division of marital property.

Magistrates work with the Administrative Magistrate, Court Administrator, and other Court personnel on specific projects related to the development of Court Rules, Forms, and Procedures. They perform and assist in the jobs and duties of co-workers when necessary in order to maintain the standards and integrity of the Court.

Magistrates participate in programs designed to educate litigants and the general public regarding court procedures and the Court experience. They also assist the Court’s Information Technology staff in the development of computer programs to facilitate and upgrade the Court’s ability to generate and process information related to the disposition and tracking of cases.

A Magistrate position requires a law degree as well as a combination of training and work experience that indicate the possession and skills of knowledge and ability to provide an unbiased forum for the litigation of disputes.

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