George Dawson for Judge
1) To follow the law and apply it equally and fairly to everyone.
2) To promote greater access to the diversionary courts and programs.
3) To maintain a high level of efficiency and moves cases forward so parties aren’t unnecessarily delayed in having their day in court.
Judges must be experienced, impartial, and independent. I am each of these three things. Judges do real work that directly impacts the lives and livelihood of the people before them; accordingly, candidates for this important office should bring to the table significant experience in the practice of law and a demonstrated ability to be impartial and act independent of politics and special interests, so that they can apply the law fairly to all parties who come to the court. As a judge, I will preside over each case as I have done as an arbitrator for the past 9 years: I will give all parties the opportunity to present their case fully; I will not prejudge a case based on who the parties or their counsel are; I will listen closely and apply the relevant law to reach decisions and issue rulings and awards. In this way, all parties—regardless of background or representation—will have access to justice applied in the same way to all Pennsylvanians.
(1) A Court of Common Pleas judge should respect the parties and lawyers who appear before the court and have compassion for the individuals while always acting with integrity.
(2) A Court of Common Pleas judge should apply the applicable law appropriately, fairly, impartially, objectively, appropriately, and in a timely manner.
(3) A Court of Common Pleas judge can play a role, in appropriate circumstances, in impartially facilitating resolutions to conflicts by objectively applying the law with respect and compassion for the individual and parties who appear before the court and respect for the lawyers.
Stephanie Klein for Judge
1.In my courtroom and in my chambers, I intend to create an atmosphere where litigants, attorneys and other participants feel respected and valued to promote civility in all court proceedings. I will work hard to ensure that everyone leaves my courtroom feeling that they have had their fair day in court.
2. As a trained mediator and arbitrator I will work with my fellow judges to assess the use of alternative dispute resolution in the Courts to determine whether increased use of mediation in family law and civil cases and restorative justice in criminal cases would improve the administration of justice in Delaware County.
3. I will work with my fellow judges, County Council, the District Attorney, the health community and other stakeholders to assess the criminal justice system's success in dealing with juveniles, the mentally ill and those struggling with substance abuse and if appropriate, work to improve outcomes with these populations.
1. In both my courtroom and my chambers, I will strive for the same goals that I have sought in my 10+ years as an arbitrator/mediator: I will work to ensure that all have been heard, that I have understood their positions, and that I've considered their positions in my decisions. Regardless of who appears before me, and regardless of which lawyer represents them, I want people to know that they have gotten a fair shake. I intend to live by my campaign slogan:
2. In the courthouse, I will use the same consensus-building skills that I used as Mayor of Swarthmore to find common ground with other judges, the DA's office, County Council, and all other stakeholders to create and implement innovative programs.
3. I will seek to promote programs that favor alternative dispute resolution, restorative justice, and proportional remedies.
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1. I believe a judge should make decisions based upon the law only and not on a bias or their own political agenda.
2. It is the responsibility of a judge to render decisions with integrity and apply the law objectively.
3. If elected, I promise to treat every individual who enters my courtroom with respect and dignity.
1. As a family and child welfare trial attorney, I have extensive experience developing multi-level family service plans, and many families would benefit from holistic and restorative justice models to reduce recidivism among juvenile offenders, custody and divorce mediation and early cross-collaboration between juvenile probation and child welfare agency.
2. Increase public trust and confidence in the courts through consistent fair, unbiased and informed judicial decision-making, to ensure that every litigant is always treated with respect and impartiality, and to work as a team with the Board of Judges on developing court initiatives and programs that take into account the cultural and social diversity of our county.
3. Having substantial trial experience, I know that the well-organized administration of a docket and courtroom is critical for cases to be heard and decided within reasonable time limits, and necessary for all parties to be able to argue their cases effectively.
Judge Wendy Roberts for Common Pleas
If elected, my top three priorities would be to continue ensuring that everyone entering my courtroom is treated with respect and dignity; to continue to educate myself with regard to options available for thoughtful, tailored outcomes; and to create a courtroom that serves as a model of efficiency while providing all involved the opportunity to present their case thoroughly.