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Melissa  Upthegrove

Melissa Upthegrove

Washington Court House Municipal Court
Full Term Commencing Jan. 1, 2024

Candidate Details

  • Residence
    Washington Court House
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  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Education

    Juris Doctor, The Ohio State University College of Law

  • Work Experience

    Former Acting Judge, Washington Court House Municipal Court.

    Former Magistrate, Fayette County Probate/Juvenile Court.

    Upthegrove Law practice; criminal, civil and administrative law.

    Court apppointed Public Defender, Ohio Municipal and Common Pleas Courts.


  • Family
    Married twenty five years, three children
  • Affiliations

    Member,  Ohio Farm Bureau.

    Member, Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.

    Former board member, LIFE Pregnancy Center.

    Former board member, Fayette County Housing Authority.

    Former board member, Community Action Commission of Fayette County.

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Question 1

List your judicial experience (courts and years)

8+ years  - Magistrate, Fayette County Probate/Juvenile Court

2005 - Acting Judge, Washington Court House Municipal Court



Question 2

What non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?

My experience as the Village of Sabina, Prosecutor and a Court Appointed Public Defender has allowed me to practice on both sides of the law. Prosecuting individuals who fail to abide by the law, and representing defendants so that their constitutional rights are protected, innocent until proven guilty.  I understand the time and commitment it takes to be an effective judge, along with the work ethic needed for the position

Question 3

Why are you running for this particular court seat?

Running for judge is the next step in my legal career.  The role of Municipal Court Judge will allow me to fulfill my dream of becoming the next WCH Municipal Court Judge. I have experience sitting on the bench as a magistrate and understand the role of a judge. In my law practice I represent clients in the WCH Municipal Court regarding small claims matters, landlord-tenant issues, expungements, and other areas of law under the jurisdiction of the Court. I am extremely familiar with the duties of a judge. I welcome the opportunity to serve as the next WCH Municipal Court Judge. Thank you.