Karysa Kent

Court of Appeals Judge visited Zanesville Rotary

by Karysa Kent on July 18, 2017 at 6:22 pm

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The Fifth District of The Ohio Court of Appeals Judge visited Zanesville to discuss the levels of Ohio’s court system.

Judge Craig Baldwin was invited by the Rotary Club of Zanesville to be a guest speaker.

“We’re going to talk about an overview of the court, the Ohio court system and you know sometimes people don’t fully understand what makes up the court system,” Judge Craig Baldwin said. “So we’re going to go from the bottom all the way up to the Ohio Supreme Court and talk about the role every court plays.

Judge Baldwin was a Common Pleas Court judge in Licking County for eight years until 2013 when Governor John Kasich appointed Judge Baldwin to be in the Court of Appeals. According to Judge Baldwin he first desired to become a lawyer and judge while in fourth grade.

“It’s history, its tradition, the law, and so many things I’m interested in. It’s a huge opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. It’s ¬†a great way to be a public servant and have an impact on the communities that I care about including Muskingum County.”

Now Judge Baldwin continues to grow with the levels of court and each case he’s given.

“I’m certainly interested in some point running for the Ohio Supreme Court,” Judge Baldwin said. “I think it’s an opportunity to further the values and principles with the system and try to pull the system up at every level. I feel like I’ve had a good journey so far and moving forward I’d like to do the same types of things at a higher level.”

Muskingum County is apart of the fifth District of The Ohio Court of Appeals. Which according to Judge Baldwin is the largest district in Ohio with fifteen counties.