Judge Jimmy L. Jackson, Jr.


Judge Jimmy L. Jackson, Jr.
Courtroom:  12-A
Bailiff:  Michael S. Harvey, Jr.
Phone:  (216) 664-4979

“When are you going to run for judge?”

That was the question Jimmy L. Jackson was constantly being asked by his friends and legal colleagues over the past several years.

Then on December 2, 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich appointed him to serve on the Cleveland Municipal Court, where he takes over for the late Judge Ed Wade, who passed away in September, 2016.

“People find satisfaction in life in many ways. For me, it is helping people. All of my careers have been service oriented,” said Judge Jackson, who began public service in college when he worked with the Phyllis Wheatley Association as part of an outdoor education program for Cleveland school children.

Judge Jackson grew up in Kent, attended Kent Public Schools and graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.

After a career in corporate management, he decided to go to law school and in 2003 obtained his juris doctor from the University of Akron School of Law.  Two years later he was hired as a staff attorney in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, working for Judges David Matia and Richard McMonagle.   

After three months of private practice, Judge Jackson became a Magistrate in the Foreclosure Division of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.  Over the past decade, he presided over bench trials, wrote opinions, researched case law, facilitated settlement negotiations and resolved discovery disputes.  Judge Jackson’s colleagues, staff, attorneys, and the people of the community that appeared in his courtroom made the position rewarding.

Judge Jackson and his wife Amy live on Cleveland’s near west side.  In his spare time, he enjoys working on home improvement projects and participating in outdoor activities, including kayaking and cycling.  For many years, he coached CYO high school basketball, baseball and soccer at St. Michael School in Independence.

“I’ve always strived to be a positive influence in the lives of people around me,” said Judge Jackson.
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