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Judge Brent Robinson, Richland County, OH, Common Pleas


     Prior to his appointment to the Richland County Common Pleas Court by Governor Kasich in February of 2014, Judge Robinson was in part-time private practice as an attorney from November of 1994 until January of 2001. At that same time Judge Robinson was a part-time Assistant Richland County Prosecutor handling criminal cases in Richland County Juvenile Court and Richland County General Division Court. On January 4, 2001 Judge Robinson became a full-time Assistant Richland County Prosecutor. In November of 2004 Judge Robinson was promoted by Richland County Prosecutor James J. Mayer, Jr. to Chief Criminal Assistant. As Chief Criminal Assistant Judge Robinson was responsible to oversee and supervise all felony prosecutions in the Richland County Prosecutor's Office.

     On October 2, 2006 Judge Robinson was promoted again. This time Judge Robinson was promoted to First Assistant Prosecutor. As First Assistant Prosecutor for Richland County, Judge Robinson was responsible to oversee all criminal and civil litigation pending in the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office. Judge Robinson was the lead criminal and civil litigator for the Prosecutor’s Office and had supervisory authority over six criminal prosecutors, four civil prosecutors, two juvenile/appellate prosecutors, two victim advocates, two criminal investigators and nine support staff.

     Judge Robinson has almost twenty years of felony jury trial experience. Judge Robinson prosecuted sixty-three felony jury trials before Judge DeWeese and Judge Henson with a 95% conviction rate. Judge Robinson also has a great deal of experience handling homicide cases. As a prosecutor Judge Robinson handled thirteen murder trials including one death penalty trial. Judge Robinson had a 100% conviction rate in murder trials as a prosecutor.

     Judge Robinson presided over his first felony jury trial after being on the bench for only two weeks. Judge Robinson, as Richland County Common Pleas Court Judge, routinely handles the most serious criminal and civil cases filed in Richland County. Judge Robinson presides over two specialty courts, Drug Court and Re-Entry Court. Drug Court provides non-violent, low level offenders whose criminal behavior arises from addiction with intensive supervision and proven treatment programs to help them overcome their addiction. Judge Robinson’s Drug Court has a success rate of almost 70%. Drug Court protects the public, saves taxpayer dollars when compared to incarceration, and reduces recidivism rates.

     Re-Entry Court provides individuals who have been recently released from prison with supervision, treatment and support to help ease their transition back into the community. Re-Entry Court has been extremely effective in reducing recidivism rates. Currently Judge Robinson’s Re-Entry Court has a 79% success rate. Only 4% of Re-Entry Court participants failed the program due to committing a new crime. Compare that to national criminal justice statistics which show that 47% of prisoners released will return to prison within one year. Judge Robinson’s Re-Entry Court has been a very effective tool in preventing offenders from re-offending and being returned to prison.

     Judge Robinson’s main focus as Common Pleas Judge is on community safety. Judge Robinson has spent his entire legal career devoted to seeing that justice prevails while also protecting the community. Judge Robinson has already increased efficiency in his Court saving taxpayer dollars. Judge Robinson continues to explore new programs such as the locally run Community Alternative Center as a way to protect the public, save taxpayers money and reduce prison overcrowding. The Community Alternative Center is a local lockdown facility which also provides treatment programming to offenders. It does so with less expense to the taxpayers than traditional incarceration while still protecting the public.

     Judge Robinson received an award of appreciation from MADD in 2010 and from the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force for the years of 2009-2013.