Office: Cuyahoga County – Lyndhurst Municipal Court
Residence: Mayfield Village, OH
Occupation: Judge of the Lyndhurst Municipal Court, 2000-present
Education: J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law; CSU Graduate May 1987 and admitted to the Ohio Bar November 16, 1987
Work Experience: Judge of the Lyndhurst Municipal Court for 17 plus years
Family: I am the daughter of Guy and Delores Bozza. I have six brothers and sisters. I am not married, however, I am a single parent of two adult children and four grandchildren.
Affiliations: My Community Outreach Programs are described below in Question #1. I am a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Cleveland Metro Bar Association, Ohio Judicial College, Association of Municipal and County Judges, Northern Ohio Municipal Judges Association, American Judges Association, American Judges Foundation, St. Francis of Assisi
Endorsements: The Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council; Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 57
Bar Association Ratings: N/A
(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):
I have been the Judge of the Lyndhurst Municipal Court for 17 plus years commencing January 1, 2000. The Lyndhurst Municipal Court is a single judge multijurisdictional court serving six communities comprised of the City of Mayfield Heights, the City of Highland Heights, the City of Richmond Heights, the City of Lyndhurst and the Village of Gates Mills and Mayfield Village. Our Court currently handles a caseload of approximately 15,000 cases per year. The Criminal Traffic Division processes cases described as felony first appearances, misdemeanor crimes, building and housing violations, driving under the influence of drugs and or alcohol cases, driving under suspensions, vehicular homicide and/or manslaughter accidents, simple traffic accidents and all other traffic infractions. This involves arraignments, pre trials, motion hearings, protection order hearings, competency hearings, judge trials and jury trials. Many motions are ruled upon without a formal hearing and these are done by ruling upon motions received by mail or by fax.
Another duty as Judge is that all felony and misdemeanor arrests from the six police departments require probable cause determinations. Information regarding the case is brought to court by the respective arresting agency during regular court hours for my review and ruling. In the event the arrest is made after hours or on weekends or holidays, the police departments electronically send the information to me, information is reviewed and a ruling is made. My ruling is emailed to the police department. In the event additional communication is needed, I am contacted by phone. The probable cause determination becomes part of the Court’s record.
As Judge, I sign all subpoenas and search warrants requested by any of the six police departments in preparation for their cases. This occurs as their needs arise, during regular court business hours, in the evenings, on the weekends and on holidays. The Civil Division processes small claims, civil disputes, evictions, garnishments, debtor exams, and regional income tax cases. As Judge I am responsible for reviewing all of the civil magistrate’s recommendations/orders. All Civil court orders are signed by the Judge. In addition to adjudicating cases in the courtroom, as a single Judge Court, I am responsible for duties as the Administrative Judge. These duties are separate from the duties of the Clerk of Court. The Lyndhurst Municipal Court has about 30 staff members, some full time, some part time and some are seasonal.
During the seventeen years as Judge, I have created Community Outreach Programs that educate as well as rehabilitate. Men and Women separately attend a Make the Right Choice Program for Drug and Alcohol abuses and addictions as part of their sentence for drug and alcohol related offenses. The Parents whose adult children are addicted to opiates, are invited to a Make the Right Choice Program that addresses Grief, Guilt and Enabling, rehabilitation opportunities with the hope to make the parents a greater support system for their addicted family member. There is a Make the Right Choice for Senior Citizens that teaches traffic safety and educates them about scams against the elderly. Over the years, I have provided many opportunities for the local schools such as grade school, middle school and high school field trips to court; DARE graduation speeches; motivational speeches to the schools; participation in career days at the schools; Mock trials; high school senior search projects; internships for criminal justice students; and externships for college and graduate level students. I have been an active Mentor for the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program since 2006. This Program mentors a new lawyer for one calendar year. I served on the Commission for Professionalism from 1999-2006 and participated in the design and implementation of the New Lawyer to Lawyer Program.
(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
My life experience as a single parent who raised two children while continuing my college and law school education, gives me a greater sensitivity to real life challenges that I see in the courtroom. I have lived in the Hillcrest area for sixty years. I am a stakeholder in this community. I have witnessed the changing demographics and I have a solid understanding of the needs of the community who appear before me in the court.
In addition to punishments required by law, I adjudicate cases with an effort toward rehabilitation through education and positive reinforcement. My background includes an education in business and I understand the fiscal responsibility of being a single judge court serving six communities. The Court has operated responsibly for seventeen years. The Court’s expenses do not exceed the court costs collected from its adjudicated cases.
I have passion, intelligence, common sense, dedication and the energy to continue my service as Judge of the Lyndhurst Municipal Court. Prior to becoming Judge: 1996-1999 Associate at Porter Wright Morris and Arthur Law Firm Cleveland Office 1991-1996 Associate at Baughman Law Firm 1989-1991 Assistant Attorney General Cleveland Office 1987-1989 Associated with Guy V. Bozza Attorney at Law.
(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
As Judge of the Lyndhurst Municipal Court it is my mission to be a visible example of hard work and dedication, through education, rehabilitation and adjudication, thus creating a better public service to the citizens served by the Court. I have accomplished this for over seventeen years. And I have the desire to continue working for the community. My motto is “Coraggio vivere con passion” Courage to live with passion. Visit my website http://www.judgemarykayebozza.info