Judge Tonya R. Jones

Judge Tonya R. Jones was elected to the Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations, on November 8, 2016 and began her term on January 19, 2017. She is the 1st African American female to serve as a Judge on the Domestic Relations Court, in the 101-year history of this Court.

Judge Jones graduated from Cleveland State University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work in 1993. Upon receipt of her B.A., she began her professional career as a licensed social worker. Her passion and dedication to working with families and individuals resulted in her being employed in various fields of social work including Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, Domestic Violence and Child Protection and Advocacy.

Judge Jones is a Trustee of the Executive Board for the Ohio Association of Domestic Relations Judges.  The Ohio Association of Domestic Relations Judges (OADRJ) consists of common pleas judges having domestic relations court jurisdiction.  The association promotes the common business interest of domestic relations court judges and courts throughout the state of Ohio.  

The Association addresses issues affecting divorce, dissolution, legal separation, and annulment, civil domestic violence cases, child custody, child support, parenting time issues, spousal support, and other related matters, as well as court administration aspects of these issues. The Association works closely with the Ohio Judicial Conference Domestic Relations Law and Procedure Committee on legislative issues affecting domestic relations courts.

Judge Jones created and presides over the Domestic Relations Court’s Families First program which she founded in 2018. Under a grant from the Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County, the program is designed to assist participants with accessing the treatment and supportive services necessary to overcome substance abuse, mental health and parenting issues. The grant, which has been renewed for a fourth year, provides funding for under- and uninsured working-class county residents in need of help.

Under Judge Jones’ direction, the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court is also collaborating with the Adult Advocacy Centers, a disability victim services agency.  The purpose of the collaboration is to create strategies that ensure people with disabilities have meaningful interactions, accommodations, treatment, and access when intersecting with the justice system, within the constraints of the law. 

Judge Jones graduated from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 1998. Since that time, she has devoted her professional career to assisting families in crisis. She maintained a full-time private law practice from 2000 through 2014, concentrating in the area of Family Law. She is passionately devoted to this area of the law and is particularly concerned about protecting the best interests of children.

In 2014, Judge Jones was appointed as a Magistrate in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court where she presided over delinquency, child support and child custody cases.

Judge Jones’ commitment to families goes beyond her role in the courtroom.  She has served in positions of leadership within the community and on the board of many non-profit organizations.  In addition, she has voluntarily represented victims of domestic violence, disabled veterans and individuals impacted by the foreclosure crisis.  Judge Jones is a member of the Ohio Judicial Conference’s Domestic Relations Law & Policy Committee, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Norman S. Minor Bar Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Ohio Association of Domestic Relations Judges and the Ohio Black Judges Association.

Judge Jones is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. 

Judge Jones and her husband, Cleveland City Councilmember Joe Jones, reside in the city of Cleveland with their two children.

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