JUDGE ANTHONY (TONY) CAPIZZI
Judge Capizzi has been a strong advocate for youth throughout his career, serving as a voice for children on issues such as shackling, disproportionate representation of minorities, and drug and mental health treatment. He was elected Montgomery County, Ohio Juvenile Court Judge in 2004. He previously served as an Acting Judge for Dayton Municipal Court and in private practice for over 25 years. Judge Capizzi is admitted to the Ohio and U.S. Federal Bar, received his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law and a B.A. from Saint Bonaventure University.
Judge Capizzi was the proud recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2015 in recognition of his distinguished service to the community and to the law school.
Judge Capizzi has overseen the growth of the Juvenile Treatment Court and the implementation of a Juvenile Mental Health Court and Family Treatment Court. He led the initiative to create multiple Evening Reporting Centers in partnership with Mt. Enon Baptist Church, put into practice the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI), created the Pro Se Services program to help those clients that choose to file legal documents without attorney representation, and strengthened the Court’s Reclaiming Futures and Natural Helpers programs to better serve youth and their families in our community. Judge Capizzi led the Court into the 21st century technology-wise by instituting real-time entries and the use of texting to remind families of hearing dates. In addition, he implemented the use of IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence in case management and health management issues of youth and instituted virtual hearing capabilities in all courtrooms.
Judge Capizzi is a Past President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He is Chair of NCJFCJ International Committee and serves on the Development Committee. He serves on the Council of Advisors for the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association and the Stewards of Change Institute National Board.
Judge Capizzi serves as a Senior Judicial Fellow for Reclaiming Futures and on the NADCP Project Advisory Board (PAB) for the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court (JDTC) Training and Technical Assistance Project.
Judge Capizzi served on the U.S. DOJ Global Justice Information Sharing Committee (GAC) and as a member of the Global Strategic Solution Working Group, Corrections Management and Reentry Task Team Chair and on the Global Advisory Committee Executive Board from 2007 - 2014.
Judge Capizzi was appointed by Governor DeWine in December, 2019 as one of only two judges statewide to serve on the Children Services Transformation Advisory Council. He is the Immediate Past-Chair of the Ohio Judicial College Board of Trustees and Past-President of the Juvenile Judges Association. He lectures at state, national and international conferences focusing on judicial leadership, juvenile treatment courts, substance abuse, the roles and responsibilities of guardians ad litem, juveniles’ rights in delinquency court, abuse, neglect and dependency, racial and ethnic disparity, data and information sharing/exchange and mental health issues.
Judge Capizzi co-authored : The State of Child Protection and Juvenile Justice, The State of Black Dayton: Opportunities Lost, (Jenell Walton ed., Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, 2017) and A Decade of Diversion: Ohio’s Behavioral Health Juvenile Justice Initiative,, Focal Point: Youth, Young Adults & Mental Health Justice and Recovery, 2017, v.31. In addition, he has authored articles entitled A Model for Judicial Leadership, Juvenile and Family Court Journal,which addresses judges’ roles in communities’ responses to juvenile substance abuse concerns, and What You Need to Know About Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Protections for Courts, Future Trends in State Courts, published by the National Center for State Courts.
He remains enthusiastic and energetic about working to promote the welfare of children, as has been his focus throughout his legal career.