Robert P. Ringland was elected to the Twelfth District Court of Appeals in November 2008 and began serving on January 1, 2009. Judge Ringland had been a Common Pleas Judge for twenty-six years. Prior to serving as a Common Pleas Judge, he was a county court judge for six years, an assistant prosecuting attorney for three years and a practicing attorney for eleven years. During his tenure as Common Pleas Judge, he presided over numerous high profile and controversial cases, not only in Clermont County but other counties to which he had been assigned by the Supreme Court. His articles on Child Abuse Evidence Issues have been published by various law reviews and credited with reforming the Ohio Evidence Hearsay Rule. He has also written a bench book on Child Sex Abuse Evidence Issues and a bench book on Public Health Preparedness which has been published on the Ohio Supreme Court website.
As a trial judge, Judge Ringland had more legal opinions published in the Official Ohio Reports than any other trial judge in Ohio. The Ohio Supreme Court also appointed him to sit as a visiting judge on the Second District, Tenth District and Eighth District Courts of Appeals. He has served on the Ohio Court of Claims in Columbus, hearing claims involving state agencies and victim issues. He has been selected by the Ohio Supreme Court for ASTAR, a multi-state training program for judges on cutting edge science and technology issues as they affect the courts.
His public service has included serving as former chairman of the Ohio Victims of Crime, Public Awareness Advisory Council, a district chairman for the boy scouts, a member of the Governor's Task Force on Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse, and a peer review consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as past president of the Common Pleas Judges Association. He is a frequent lecturer of the Ohio Judicial College, as well as an instructor at the University of Cincinnati in Criminal Justice and the National Judicial College. Since 2011, he has served as a board member on the Board of Commissioners
on Grievances and Discipline of the Ohio Supreme Court. Judge Ringland is a graduate of Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati Law School. A retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve, he is married (Karey), with two children and three grandchildren.