District Judge District 49-03-02
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If elected, what will be your three top priorities, and how will you address them?
Diploma, Bald Eagle Area High School;
Bachelor of Arts, The Pennsylvania State University;
Juris Doctor, The James E. Beasley School of Law of Temple University
Licensed attorney since 2000,
Incumbent Magisterial District Judge 49-3-02 since 2014
Priority number one is and always has been to follow the law as it is written and apply it equally to everyone. Like Lady Justice who is blind, it does not matter who is before me or whether I personally agree with the law. I am not an activist judge that interprets the law as I think that it should be; instead, I try to be careful to review developments in case law and rules in order to understand the law and render a decision that comports with the law as it is written.
My second priority is to continue to be a good steward of the funds that my court handles. From the beginning of my first term, I have been very cognizant of not only how funds are being spent, but also how they are coming into my court. With a case load of almost 10,000 cases and yearly budget of over $350,000.00, I must ensure that every dollar that is spent is done so wisely and not wasted, knowing that it comes from the hard-working people of Centre County. It is also my duty to ensure that outstanding case balances are paid timely and kept up to date. Part of the revenue in my court comes from performing marriage ceremonies, including doing so twice a year at the State Correctional Institutions at Rockview and Benner.
The third priority is to continue to be respectful and understanding of people from all walks of life who come to my court. Including following requirements for interpreters, making sure that all participants are safe and secure and keeping the people that I work with happy and secure.
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