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Bucks County Magisterial District 07-3-01 (6 YR Term)

Magisterial judges preside over district courts that are responsible for adjudicating all traffic and non-traffic citations as well as processing criminal and private criminal complaints inclusive of arraignments and preliminary hearings, the handling of civil and landlord tenant complaints up to a jurisdictional limit of $12,000 as well as parking violations. All misdemeanor and felony violations are filed in the district courts where they are preliminarily arraigned and afforded a preliminary hearing. At the conclusion of the preliminary hearing the charges are dismissed, waived to court or held for court and referred onto the Court of Common Pleas. Source:

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  • Maggie Snow
    (Dem, Rep)

Biographical Information

What is the most important quality in a judge?

Under what circumstances would you recuse yourself from a case?

Experience 12 Years Bucks DA Office under Hon. Alan Rubenstein; 8 years as Child Advocate for GAL Bucks County; 12 years as Magisterial District Judge for Buckingham, Solebury and New Hope elected twice
Education CB East, 1978, Penn State, 1983 University Denver College of Law, 1988 JD
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Campaign Phone (267) 261-7254
In my 12 years serving Buckingham, Solebury and New Hope as your elected Judge, I find that being a good listener and making a fair decision are what people respect. We hear all traffic, non-traffic, civil disputes under $12,000 and all first level criminal cases. It is important to be objective and open minded while hearing a case, and carefully listen to the evidence as submitted by the litigants. At the conclusion of the case, I apply the law to the facts and make a decision which effects justice. Litigants are frequently not represented by attorneys and I think it is important to ensure they can put on their case, ask questions, and have their day in court. I treat all people with the respect and dignity they deserve, and allow open access to the courts which are an important part of our representative democracy. Respect for the rule of Law is the bedrock of our wonderful country. I thoroughly enjoy my job and love helping people settle disputes and move on with their lives!
The guidelines for recusal are contained under Canon 2.11 of the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct of Magisterial District Judges, which states that a judge, “…shall disqualify themselves in any proceeding in which their impartiality might reasonably be questioned…”. The Rule further delineates specific circumstances lending to recusal including a personal bias concerning a party, personal knowledge of disputed facts in case, attorney conflict of interest, financial interest in matter, or familial relationship with litigants. Once the request for recusal and reasons for such request from the party has been established, as a judge, you must make a conscientious determination of your ability to assess and decide the case impartially, free from bias or interest in the outcome. The decision is a personal one and should be made in consideration of all circumstances known to you at the time.