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Court of Common Pleas Judge 49th Judicial District (Centre County)

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    BRIAN MARSHALL (Dem) Attorney

  • RONALD S MCGLAUGHLIN (Rep)

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What is the most important quality in a judge?

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As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?

Campaign Phone (814) 592-1717
Campaign Email brianforjudge@gmail.com
Education B.S., Accounting, The Pennsylvania State University; J.D., Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University
Qualifications The only candidate with specialized training, including Collaborative Law and third party mediation, demonstrating my commitment to fairness and impartiality; Partner, Miller, Kistler & Campbell Attorneys at Law, Centre County’s oldest law firm; 16 years of courtroom experience in diverse criminal and civil litigation; Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and former CPA, demonstrating a greater understanding of the financial issues of family law cases; 2017 President Centre County Bar Association
Twitter @brianforjudge
Municipality Centre County
Beyond the baseline skills and legal experience, the most important quality is a Judge’s judicial temperament. A Judge must consistently be patient, courteous, tactful, compassionate, humble, understanding and open minded to competing sides of a legal issue, yet appropriately firm in maintaining a proper decorum and efficiency in the courtroom. Those entering the Courtroom need to know that the Judge truly cares, understands the importance of the matter, and will render impartial decisions.
The Pennsylvania Code of Judicial Conduct defines circumstances where a Judge is disqualified from presiding over a case. Recusal, on the other hand, is the act of removing oneself from a case. A Judge must recuse when the facts and circumstances involved could create a reasonable question in the minds of the parties or the public as to the Judge’s impartiality. Even the appearance of bias must be avoided, and there must be no doubt as to the fairness, integrity and impartiality of the Judge.
Access to the justice system is a significant public concern, particularly for those with limited resources. On the bench, a Judge must assure that there are no monetary or other barriers to justice and that unrepresented parties have an opportunity to be heard. Off the bench, a Judge should encourage lawyers to provide free legal representation for those in need, and assure that the court system is making information available about access to low or no cost legal resources in the community.
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