Judge Janet Rath Colaluca


Judge Janet Rath Colaluca
Courtroom:  12-B
Bailiff:  Matthew W. Clever
Phone:  (216) 664-4995
Fax:  (216) 664-4949

Janet Rath Colaluca was appointed to the Cleveland Municipal Court on April 12, 2016 to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Judge Angela Stokes.

Judge Colaluca brings vast experience to the Bench both as a jurist and as a private practitioner.  For almost two years she served as Judge in the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court; she also served as a Magistrate in the Domestic Relations Court for nearly nine years, where she presided over contested matters arising in both pending and post-decree matters.  She also served as a Magistrate in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court for three years, and for a year in the Probate Court.  Judge Colaluca also served as a Magistrate in the Mayor's Court in the Village of Bratenahl for over six years.   Judge Colaluca maintained a private practice concentrating in the practice of Family Law when she was not serving on the Bench.

Judge Colaluca is proud to be a life-long Cuyahoga County resident who spent her childhood years growing up in the Westpark Neighbourhood of Cleveland.   She is one of six children born to an electrical engineer and a social worker, who taught her and her brothers and sisters the value of hard work and perseverance.  Judge Colaluca attended Our Lady of Angels grade school and St. Joseph Academy high school and then went onto graduate from John Carroll University, where she received a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration.  She received her Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and was admitted to the practice of law in 1991.

Judge Colaluca is committed to and guided by the cornerstones of Family, Faith and Service to others.  Her respect for justice and the law is deep-rooted.  One of her favorite quotes, and upon which she frequently reflects, is from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. 

While serving as a Judge on the Domestic Relations Court, Judge Colaluca insisted upon treating all parties appearing before her with dignity and respect and insisted upon  giving each party the opportunity to be heard.  Judge Colaluca encouraged parties to focus on each other’s strengths and to  resolve their differences by agreement wherever possible by creating an environment which minimized conflict and emotion.  Judge Colaluca strived to preserve and strengthen parental and familial relationships wherever possible.

Judge Colaluca was a member of the Domestic Relations Procedure Committee of the Ohio Judicial College and is a member of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Westshore Bar Association, the Justinian Forum and the Ohio Judicial College.  Her civic activities included the Junior League of Cleveland, Ronald McDonald House and Templum House where she helped raise money to benefit a domestic violence shelter.

Judge Colaluca and her husband currently reside in Bratenhal with their two children and are very involved in their church and children’s school.
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