Christopher Bazeley was appointed as a Magistrate to the court in November 2010. He presides over all civil cases filed with the court including evictions and small claims. He also presides over a portion of the court’s criminal docket. He is an active member of the Ohio Magistrate’s Association, the Ohio Bar Association, and the Clermont County Bar Association. Magistrate Bazeley currently serves as the President of the Clermont County Bar Association and as the 12th District Representative to the Ohio Magistrate’s Association.
Magistrate Bazeley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Ohio University. He graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and the Journal of Environmental and Natural Resources Law. Magistrate Bazeley served as an intern with the Honorable Walter H. Rice of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and as a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas J. Grady of the Ohio Second District Court of Appeals. He also served as a staff attorney and later as an Assistant Circuit Executive for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Immediately prior to joining the Clermont County Municipal Court, Magistrate Bazeley was in private practice with a focus on appellate litigation and business law.
Magistrate Bazeley served for 21 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force before retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served on active duty as well as in the reserves as a civil engineering officer, a speechwriter, and as Judge Advocate General (JAG). Magistrate Bazeley received multiple Air Force Meritorious Service and Air Force Commendation Medals and has served in various assignments around the continental U.S., Alaska, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Kuwait. Magistrate Bazeley won the Air Force Material Command’s Reserve JAG Officer of the Year award in 2008.
Magistrate Bazeley is active in the legal community as well as his local community. He has presented multiple continuing legal education lectures to judges and attorneys from across Ohio on various topics in federal and state law. Magistrate Bazeley started a charitable “Will Writing Workshop” through his church that provided wills at no cost to over 50 families that could not otherwise afford legal services. He is also a regular judge for Mock Trial competitions at the high school and collegiate levels.
Magistrate Bazeley and his wife have one daughter and enjoy golf, traveling, and cooking.