Meet the Judge

Judge Monica Hawkins
Court Room 62
  • Bailiff : Kelli Johnson 
  • Judicial Assistant : Shari Stump
About Judge
Judge Monica Hawkins brings to the Court over 23 years of public service experience as a social worker, a court liaison and trial attorney for Franklin County Children’s Services. She also has represented clients in domestic relations and appellate court.
As a senior trial attorney, Judge Hawkins represented Franklin County Children’s Services in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Division and Juvenile Branch in the broad variety of cases she now hears:  abuse, neglect and dependency matters, custody cases, motion hearings, contempt motions, reviews and other matters.  Among the cases most significant to her were and remain the highly sensitive termination of parental rights cases.
She tried more than 50 cases, handled over 200 cases and maintained an assigned caseload for her region. She also prepared pleadings and argued before the 10th District Court of Appeals.
 As a law student, and shortly after law school, she worked in other positions that broadened her experience even further. She worked as a clerk for a Domestic Relations attorney,  a drug and alcohol counselor for Children’s Hospital, and as an investigator in the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Capital Habeas Unit.
Before her legal career, Judge Hawkins was a Child Welfare Caseworker and Court Liaison. She worked directly with Franklin County families from every walk of life and across the gamut of our diverse community. She worked with schools and nonprofit organizations to implement family service programming.  As a Court Liaison, she served as a catalyst to improve communications and relationships between Franklin County Children’s Services, the Court, prosecutors and court staff.
Judge Monica Hawkins is the proud mother of Dionte’ J. Johnson, former Ohio State University football captain, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He and his wife, Jessica, are the parents of Judge Hawkins’ expanding family of beautiful grandchildren. 
Courtroom 62 Limited Operations Procedures
As the Court enters the Limited Operations phase beginning June 1, 2020, our Court has streamlined operations in a manner that will endeavor to accommodate parties wishing to be heard, while maintaining safety for all parties.
All scheduled hearings will proceed unless continued by the attorneys or parties. It is the responsibility of the attorneys or parties to request Zoom conference or continuances.
Continuances are not to be abused.
Lack of response or follow through could result in consequences including dismissal of the case.
Anyone who is not able to appear in person due to health concerns, may request a continuance. No one exhibiting symptoms of Covid19 is permitted in the Courtroom. Symptomatic individuals may be asked to leave by staff. If trial dates are set and you know you will not be comfortable coming into the courthouse/courtroom for health reasons, please move for a continuance ASAP.
Zoom conferences are available for many non-evidentiary matters and hearings, as well as dissolutions, uncontested and agreed matters. Parties desiring a Zoom conference must request one using the form available at
Parties requesting hearing dates via Zoom will be offered one date. Attorneys will need to process a continuance if the date is not workable.
Parties requesting Zoom hearings must have all relevantpaperwork submitted and available to the Court 5 days in advance of the hearing.
Contested matters requiring extensive evidentiary testimony will not be heard via Zoom.
Parties may also be heard in person. Matters scheduled in person will occur in a very limited time frame. No more than 10 people may be in the Courtroom at any time. The limit of 10 includes all staff, attorneys, translators as well as the Judge.
  • For uncontested divorces and dissolutions- all paperwork must be submitted AND APPROVED 5 days in advance of the hearing. These hearings will be scheduled in brief time periods (15 minutes each). Parties must be ready to proceed at their scheduled time or the matter will be continued.

  • Pretrial hearings will be conducted in person or via Zoom, provided a written pretrial statement is submitted to the Court at least 5 days in advance. The statement may be a summary of contested issues. Oral pretrial hearings will not last longer than 30 minutes, total time.

  • Motion hearings can be conducted in person or via Zoom. Parties are not required to attend if represented by Counsel. Parties should use the 28-day period to offer memos contra and replies to contested motions. Oral arguments are limited to approximately 30 minutes, total time. Extensive motion hearings requiring evidentiary witnesses will need to be scheduled at a later time. Please advise the staff if this is the case.

  • Status conferences may be conducted in person or via Zoom. Status conferences are limited to approximately 20 minutes total.

The Court will be conducting in person full evidentiary hearings for Civil Protection Orders, and considers these to be time sensitive matters.
Trials will be scheduled on a limited basis. Witnesses offering testimony will be called when needed, may testify via Zoom or deposition if granted permission by the Judge.
Scheduling – please contact Bailiff, Judicial Assistant or Staff Attorney