MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGE 09-02-01- 6 yr
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Paul M. Fegley (Dem, Rep)
Magisterial District Judge
What is the most important quality in a judge?
Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused from a case?
As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?
Supreme Court of PA, Minor Judiciary Board Certification
with > 200 hours of Continuing Education
Paul is the right candidate with the right experience to continue serving as District Judge. He is the candidate with the Supreme Court of Pa, Minor Judiciary Education Board
certification to be "qualified" to perform the duties of Magisterial District Judge.His court has docketed >33,000 cases, He has a proven performance of fairness, compassion and sound judicial decisions for over 5 years. He is dedicated to continue serving with integrity, seasoned judgement and common sense.
09-2-01 Covers Middlesex, North Middleton and Lower Frankford Townships
in Cumberland County
A good judge has integrity to make decisions based on the facts presented in each case. He is able to put aside any personal prejudices. He needs to be even-tempered, patient, open-minded and compassionate. He needs the temperament to consider both sides of the case before making a decision. He should have the professional experience, common sense and legal ability to interpret and apply the law fairly and consistently. A judge should demonstrate proven performance in the judicial process.
A judge should recuse himself in any hearing in which someone may question his impartiality. I would recuse myself if I knew the background of the case or had a close relationship with the person. I have recused myself a few times. I once had 2 people who were neighbors that were to appear before me for the third time over the same issue. I felt that it was best that the case be heard by a different judge. I heard that both parties are now getting along and there were no claims of partiality.
Access to justice is already guaranteed by the US and PA Constitution. Those arrested are generally arraigned within 12 hours, bail is set, and, a preliminary hearing is set within 3 weeks. At no cost to the defendent, there are interpreters available in 41 languages, services for the deaf and blind, ADA compliant courts and public defenders for those with little or no income, For incarcerated persons who are too ill or dangerous to safely transport to court, they may have their hearing by video
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