Judge Emanuella Groves

Judge Emanuella Groves
Courtroom:  14-B
Bailiff:  Lucretia C. Bolden
Phone:  (216) 664-4985
Fax:  (216) 664-4977


Emanuella Groves was elected to the Cleveland Municipal Court on November 6, 2001 and was reelected without opposition in 2003 and 2009.

Judge Groves grew up in Canton, Ohio and came to Cleveland in 1978 to attend Case Western Reserve law school.  She graduated from Canton McKinley High School in 1975 and in three years graduated with honors from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management.  While attending law school she met attorney Greg Groves and the two married in 1981.  They are the proud parents of two children.

Judge Groves started her legal career as an assistant police prosecutor for the City of Cleveland. In 1983, she was staff attorney for Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.  By 1988, she rose through the ranks to Assistant Deputy Director of Administrative Services, where she oversaw the operations of the personnel, purchasing, warehouse and occupancy departments.  In 1989, she joined her husband in the practice of law when they formed Groves and Groves Attorneys at Law.

After several years on the bench, Judge Groves saw a need to address the issue of young men and women who have dropped out of school.  In February 2006 Judge Groves, along with Judge Lauren C. Moore, launched the Get on Track Program (GOT), an intensive supervision program which requires probationers to go back to school, secure employment and complete personal development training and community work service. Judge Groves considers GOT as one of the highlights in her judicial career. She has seen over 300 people successfully complete many components of the program, up to securing their education.

“Yes, we have the power to send people to jail and take their money, but more importantly, we have the power to affect real change in people’s lives,” says the Judge.

Judge Groves has had numerous opinions published in Ohio Bar Association Report and has participated as a speaker in continuing legal education courses. In 2008, she secured her certification in Judicial Studies from the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.
Judge Groves also finds time to volunteer in the community as well as her church, Liberty Hill Baptist, where her husband serves as a deacon.  She is also a member of many bar associations and is the co-founder of Caring Communities Organized for Education, a parent organization that identifies issues concerning academic achievement. 

“The strength of our community lies in the education of its citizens.  Either we educate them in school or require their education when they become involved in the legal system.”


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Click the video on the left to vew Judge Groves' court in action, excerpted from a Cleveland Justice episode.

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