Prior to his appointment to the Mansfield Municipal Court by Governor Strickland in January of 2010, Judge Ardis was in private practice as a senior partner in a Mansfield law firm for over 35 years, concentrating on personal injury, civil litigation, criminal defense and probate practice.
Judge Ardis served as a part-time Assistant Richland County Prosecutor from 2007 to his appointment as Judge in January, 2010. Judge Ardis also served as a part-time Richland County Domestic Relations and Juvenile court Magistrate from 1987 to 1992, part-time Assistant Mansfield Law Director from 1974 to 1979 and Special Counsel for the Ohio Attorney General from 1983 to 1987. He also held a position on the Board of Trustees of North Central State College from 1983 to 1987.
As a result of his extensive private law practice in civil litigation, Judge Ardis has instituted a mediation program, utilizing lay people to obtain a quicker and fair resolution of individual civil disputes. Further, Judge Ardis while in private law practice served as Attorney and Guardian for more than 40 mentally ill persons and therefore, is well acquainted with these individuals and their treatment. Consequently, Judge Ardis operates a specialized Mental Health Court to treat mentally ill criminal offenders.
Judge Ardis has also adopted and instituted Drug and Alcohol, Domestic Violence and Veteran’s Court specialized dockets originally developed by Judge Ault.
Judge Ardis feels that all of these programs serve to promote fair and individualized justice while protecting the public.