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Melissa Barrett Announces Candidacy for Monroe County Court Judge

By Staff


Melissa BarrettRochester City Court attorney Melissa Barrett has recently announced her candidacy for Monroe County Court judge.

Barrett, 46, has previously worked as a litigator with the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office, and as assistant district counsel with the United States Small Business Administration.

She currently works as an associate court attorney in City Court, advising judges and administrative staff on criminal cases, civil cases, cases in family court, the treatment courts, and county court.

“I have a profound understanding of the judicial temperament required of a judge at all times,” Barrett, a Democrat, stated. “I also understand and value the importance of being firm, but always fair and impartial in all cases. I recognize that, while judges are given a great deal of discretion in many areas of the law, this discretion should be exercised sparingly, and instead the court should look to the letter of the law for authority first and foremost to ensure consistent, fair, impartial treatment of all.”

Barrett is a member of Aenon Missionary Baptist Church; the Rochester Chapter of the Links Inc.; the various Bar Associations; the Perinton Zoning Board of Appeals; and also serves as a parent liaison for the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry Science and Technology Entry Program.

“If elected Monroe County Court Judge, I will continue my community service at all permissible levels,” she stated.

Matthew Nafus, a Democrat and private attorney, is also seeking the judgeship.

Barrett lives in Fairport, with her husband and two children.