Candidate Profiles

Jarrod Skinner

Candidate for:
Franklin County Municipal Court

Undergraduate Education:
The Ohio State University (2001)

Legal Education:
Juris Doctor, Capital University Law School (2005)

Legal Experience:

  • Senior Prosecutor, January 2007 - Present (Columbus City Attorney's Office)
  • Environmental Prosecutor, June 2012 - December 2014 (Columbus City Attorney's Office)
  • Staff Attorney, June 2006 - January 2007 (Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, The Honorable Judge Angela White)
  • Law Clerk, June 2003 - June 2006 (Weltman, Weinberg, & Reis Co., L.P.A.)

Candidate Statement:

(In response to the question, "Please explain why you believe you are qualified for the judicial position for which you are seeking election.")

As a Senior Prosecutor for the City of Columbus, I have prosecuted thousands of Municipal Court cases. In my 10+ years in this position, I have been the lead prosecutor in many jury trials and court trials and I have litigated numerous motion hearings. I also prosecute for the City of Worthington and seven other townships in Franklin County. As an experienced prosecutor, I have also trained new prosecutors on trial strategies and how best to analyze fact patterns.

Additionally, I have had the distinct privilege of being the Environmental Prosecutor for the City of Columbus for two years. As the environmental prosecutor, I prosecuted animal abusers, slumlords, those who take advantage of vulnerable residents as well as countless other misdemeanor offenses, making certain to ensure that all parties involved in a case are treated with respect. I've presented classes on topics including Animal and Humane Law, Vicious Dog Law and Ohio Code Enforcement, and have trained both police officers and animal control agents on courtroom procedures.

As a staff attorney, I conducted extensive research on substantive issues as well as procedural and evidentiary questions. I researched various motions submitted to the Court to provide accurate and unprejudiced predictions by synthesizing case law, legislative history and administrative regulations. I drafted decisions for Motions for Summary Judgment, Discovery Motions, Motions to Dismiss, Motions for Relief from Judgment and Motions in Limine for my Judge's approval. I also conducted pre-trials, status conferences and settlement conferences

Franklin County Municipal Court is the largest and busiest court in Ohio. The citizens of Franklin County need judges who are knowledgeable in all aspects of Municipal Court, including civil, criminal, and environmental issues. I am experienced in all three of these areas of law and I understand the right balance of holding criminals accountable to protect society while treating each person, regardless of accusations, fairly. In addition to experience, I have both the temperament and perspective to become a successful judge, and, if elected, I will continue to fairly interpret the laws of Ohio and will strive to protect all citizens of Franklin County. Municipal Court is sometimes known as "The People's Court," as regular, everyday citizens can find themselves standing before a judge in Municipal Court. Whether it's a traffic violation, being called for jury duty or being involved in a dispute with a landlord, I believe that by serving as a judge in Municipal Court, I can have the greatest effect on the lives of everyday citizens, whether offender, victim or innocent witness.

Columbus Bar Association
2017 Judiciary Committee Finding:

Highly Recommended

Columbus Bar Association
Judicial Poll Results:

2017 Judicial Preference Poll

Running Against:
Glenn Willer

The Columbus Bar Association does not endorse any judicial candidate.