Hon. Judge Melissa Barrett

Monroe County Democratic Committee Endorsed Candidate for Rochester City Court

A Judge for the People.  A Judge for Rochester.


Judge Melissa Barrett is a Rochester City Court Judge.  She was appointed to the bench in December 2018. Judge Barrett handles criminal, civil, and housing cases. Before becoming a judge, she worked in Rochester City Court as a Principal Court Attorney for nearly 15 years,  and an Assistant Monroe County Public Defender for four years in Rochester City Court.  Judge Barrett lives in the Charlotte neighborhood and enjoys gardening, and cooking for her family.  Having been married for over 24 years, she and her husband are the proud parents of 2 children .  

Judge Barrett handles criminal, civil and housing cases.   Before becoming a judge, she worked in Rochester City Court as a Principal Court Attorney for nearly 15 years… 

Judge Barrett is active with the Rochester Black Bar Association JustLaw Program.  She is President of the Deaconess Ministry at Aenon Missionary Baptist Church, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Nu Omega graduate chapter, past member of the Rochester Chapter, Links Inc. and parent volunteer for the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Science Technology Entry Program (STEP).  Judge Barrett is also an annual volunteer with the Genesee Street Business Corridor flower planting initiative and 2005 graduate of the United Way of Rochester African American Leadership Development Program. 

She is the recipient of numerous awards including: City of Rochester, Department of Recreation and Youth Services Volunteer Award, The Daily Record Leaders In Law Award, Women in the Law Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Trailblazer for Justice Award, Certificate of Appreciation - 7th JD Administrative Judge Task Force, Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 Award, Rochester Teen Court Volunteer Award, and The Daily Record Up and Coming Attorneys Award. 

Judge Barrett serves on several Seventh Judicial District Committees including the Administrative Judge Training Task Force, Mentoring Program, Workforce Diversity Committee, and Employee Interviewing Panels.  Her committee work within the seventh judicial district has allowed her to advance the Access to Justice Initiative in Monroe County by going out to community agencies and educating the public on the New York State Court Access to Justice Program.

Judge Barrett holds a Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany.