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Magistrate David Fish

After serving twelve years as the presiding Judge in the Barberton Municipal Court, David Fish was appointed as a Magistrate of the Summit Court Juvenile Court in January 2020. As Magistrate, he hears cases mainly involving abused, neglected and dependent children.

Prior to his two terms on the municipal court bench, Magistrate Fish was the Assistant Law Director and Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Barberton and associated jurisdictions of the court for sixteen years. He also served as Chief Prosecutor and Police Legal advisor for the City of Norton and its Mayor’s Court. Magistrate Fish also spent seven years as an adjunct professor at the University of Akron teaching Criminal Evidence and Legal Process.

As judge, Magistrate Fish oversaw the first Ohio Supreme Court certified Mental Health Court in the Barberton Municipal Court. His greatest satisfaction while at that court was helping the families of those who were struggling with mental health and addiction find the services they needed to improve and bring stability into their lives.

Magistrate Fish is a Foundation Fellow and member of the Akron Bar Association. He serves on the Advisory Boards of Jewish Family Services and the Oriana House.

In addition, Magistrate Fish is the longstanding public address announcer for Copley Girls Soccer. He loves attending live music events and has been a devoted follower of the Grateful Dead and its offshoots for the past 40 years.

Magistrate Fish was born and raised in Akron and graduated from Firestone High School (along with his trusted bailiff, Jody Tolley). He then attended Tulane University in New Orleans, where he double majored in Political Science and Public Policy. He returned home to earn his Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law.

Bailiff : 330-643-2936 Zoom

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