Judge Ronald B. Adrine
Judge Ronald Adrine


Judge Ronald B. Adrine
Administrative and Presiding Judge
Courtroom:  15-A
Bailiff: David Fann
Phone:  (216) 664-4974
Fax: (216) 664-6737


Ronald B. Adrine has become one of the most respected judges in Cleveland, as well as a national authority on issues concerning domestic violence.

A life-long resident of Greater Cleveland, Judge Adrine graduated from Fisk University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  He passed the bar in l973, and in 1974 he joined the staff of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor as an assistant in the criminal trial division.  In 1976, he entered the private practice of law with his father, the late Russell T. Adrine and two years later was appointed to serve as a Senior Staff Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations.  He first ran for his current seat on the Cleveland Municipal Court bench in 1981.  

Judge Adrine was reelected five times, without opposition, to full six-year terms, the most recent election being in November of 2011.  His peers elected him Administrative and Presiding Judge in 2008 and have reelected him to those positions ever since.

“I feel particularly humbled by the repeated votes of confidence that the people of the City of Cleveland have resided in me.  To also have the confidence of my colleagues to set the court’s direction is a special blessing.”

Over the years, Judge Adrine has belonged to more than 60 organizations, serving on the boards of more than 30 of those organizations, and holding a leadership position on more than 20 of those boards.  He chaired the Ohio Commission on Racial Fairness.  He is a past chair of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Interpreter Services Advisory Committee and the National Board of Directors of Futures Without Violence, formerly known as the Family Violence Prevention Fund.  He also chaired both Cleveland’s Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and the Advisory Board of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, which is a joint initiative of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Futures Without Violence and the U.S. Department of Justice.  He currently sits as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts.

Judge Adrine lectures extensively on domestic violence issues here, and around the country, including in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.   Judge Adrine is co-author of the reference volume, Ohio Domestic Violence Law and chaired the effort to bring a Family Justice Center to Cleveland to assist those who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse and stalking. He has been honored as a Distinguished Alumni of both Cleveland State University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  In 2000, he was awarded the Ohio Bar Medal by the Ohio State Bar Association, its highest honor, in recognition of his contributions to the profession and the community.  
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