Committed to Fair & Equal Justice
Judge Melissa Powers
Judge Melissa Powers, a lifelong resident of Cincinnati, has 22 years of experience in the Hamilton County legal system. She proudly announces her candidacy for re-election for Hamilton County Municipal Court.
While remaining firmly committed to justice and fairness, Judge Powers brings compassion, decisiveness, and knowledge to the stand. She has gained widespread respect from the community thanks to her judicial temperament, professionalism, and efficient resolution of many high-profile cases.
After beginning her legal career in the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Judge Powers gained experience and poise trying hundreds of cases involving crimes ranging from murder, rape, and major drug trafficking to minor felonies and misdemeanors. With years of legal experience under her belt, Powers brings both judicial leadership and a strong moral compass to the Cincinnati area.
Her qualifications include experience in effectively resolving approximately 600 criminal and an average of 5 civil cases per month. Prior to her appointment to Hamilton County Municipal Court, she had fifteen years of trial experience in criminal, juvenile, appellate, domestic relations, probate, and civil courts.
Judge Powers started the first Hamilton County Municipal Veterans Treatment Court. It is a specialized court that combines mental health and substance/alcohol treatment in conjunction with the Veterans Administration Hospital.
She will support any change in the administration of justice in our community that increases the efficiency in resolving cases without compromising fairness to the litigants. Further she supports educating defendants to uses the the local community resources for assistance.
Beauty & The Beast: Judge Melissa Powers
Originally featured in an hour long episode of Dateline NBC, watch the story about Melissa when she was a Hamilton County Assisstant Prosecuting Attorney, and her journey to obtain a confession from a white supremist serial killer for a seventeen year old double homicide that occurred in Cincinnati. For her work, the Anti-Defamation League presented her with the Act of Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on November 17, 2008.
Hamilton County Municipal Veterans Court
Kieran Carroll brought all of his limbs home with him when he returned from his military service in Iraq, despite having one of the most dangerous jobs possible.
A 2009 drunken driving charge landed him before Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Melissa Powers. She looked at the baby-faced Carroll and saw a broken soldier who didn’t know how to fix himself. She decided to help. To read the full article, click here.
Learn more about the Hamilton County Municipal Veterans Court by clicking here.
Re-Elect Judge Powers Committee
Robert E. Coletti
Joseph T. Deters
James E. Evans
Charles H. Gerhardt, III
Michael R. Green,
Thomas C. Foster, 830 MainStreet, Suite 700, Cincinnati, OH 45202.