Lucas County Prosecutor
Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission Member
Julia R. Bates began her professional career in the Prosecutor’s Office under Prosecutor Anthony G. Pizza in 1976. She succeeded her former boss in office winning election in 1996, and re-election without opposition in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.
Since taking office, Mrs. Bates has taken the lead in initiating various programs including SANE/SART Program; Senior Protection Unit; Economic Crime Task Force; Child Support Prosecution Unit; Felony Diversion Program; Speaker’s Bureau; and In-School Mentoring. Under her administration, the Victim Assistance Program has expanded the Victim’s Forum, and added Kids-Space, 24-hour Crisis Response Team and Notification and Tracking Advocates, and an anti-bullying program. All programs designed to enhance citizens’ access to and navigation through the criminal justice system. The office has also expanded the Civil Division to include specialization in environmental and utilities’ law.
Mrs. Bates is a member of the Toledo and Ohio Women Bar Associations, the Toledo, Ohio and Lucas County Bar Associations and is a past President of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s association, the first woman to hold that office. She is a member of the National District Attorneys Association and former Vice President of that organization.
Prosecutor Bates is a 1972 graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. While Attending the University Of Toledo College Of Law she earned the Outstanding Appellate Advocacy Award and continued to work full time. She received her J.D. Degree in 1976 and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1977.
Mrs. Bates is married to Lucas County Common Pleas Court Judge James D. Bates. They have four grown children.