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Hamilton County Probate Court Judge Ralph Winkler has served our community with distinction for over 20 years as part of our county's judiciary, first in Municipal Court, then the Court of Common Pleas and currently as the Probate Judge.


Prior to taking the bench, Judge Ralph Winkler, worked 11 years as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and a Probate Lawyer. In his 20 years on the bench, Judge Ralph Winkler has presided over more than 70,000 cases.

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Judge Winkler with his wife and five of their grandchildren 

Judge Ralph Winkler's compassion for the children awaiting adoption in our community and those suffering from mental illness, prompted him to seek this position.


Judge Winkler is married to Tracy Winkler. They have 3 daughters, Allison, Andrea and Allayna and 7 beautiful grandchildren.

Judge Ralph 'Ted' Winkler with his three daughters. 


Hamilton County Probate Judge

January 2015 - Present


Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge

January 2005 – January 2015


Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge

April 1999 – January 2005


Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor

September 1987 – April 1999


Probate Attorney

September 1987 - April 1999


Northern Kentucky University—Salmon P. Chase College of Law

Juris Doctorate, Law

1983 – 1987

University of Cincinnati College of Business

BBA, Accounting/Finance

1979 – 1983

Colerain Senior High School

1976 – 1979


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