Monroe County Judge of the Court of Common Pleas
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If elected, what will you do both on and off the bench to ensure that all Monroe County residents have access to justice?
Villanova University – Bachelor’s of Science 1989; University of District of Columbia Law School – Juris Doctor Degree 1995
Judge for Magisterial District Court 43-3-02 serving both Stroud Township and Hamilton Township
Qualifications for Office
For the past seven years I have served as Judge regularly presiding over criminal cases and civil cases in my District Court. My criminal case decisions have involved some of the most serious and complex charges, including criminal homicide, aggravated assault, drug distribution conspiracy, and statutory rape. My experience includes presiding over hundreds of criminal trials involving various summary level offenses. I further decided hundreds of civil cases involving landlord-tenant law, contract law, property association law, and negligence. Additionally, my judicial duties include presiding over arraignments, preliminary hearings, bail status hearings, emergency Protection From Abuse hearings, and emergency on-call criminal cases arising all over Monroe County. I have completed over 180 hours of Judge educational classes since 2012. Before becoming a Judge, as an attorney I regularly practiced criminal and civil law for more than 13 years in the state and federal courts of Eastern Pennsylvania.
As Judge I have permitted claimants to file claims without having to pay filing fees upon applying In Forma Pauperis (IFP) verifying they do not have the resources to pay the court costs. Many times the fees in cases can cost hundreds of dollars, which can be a barrier for many. Further, the current IFP application can only be submitted in writing. Upon my election I plan to coordinate with our President Judge and Prothonotary to develop a more accessible, internet-based system to allow those with limited resources to file an IFP application online that would quickly be reviewed. Additionally, to improve access to justice I will be advocating for a free or reduced fee internet-based system for civil case filing and case docket access for the public to use. The current system, although internet-based, is very costly for the average person to use. Court proceedings are a matter of public record and the public must be able to access them, no matter their financial status.
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