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Court of Common Pleas Judge 23rd Judicial District (Berks County)

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    TINA BOYD (Dem) Attorney

  • BEN NEVIUS (Rep)

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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?

Campaign Phone (610) 310-8117
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Education 1993 received my B.S. degree from Penn State and in 1996 received my J.D. degree from Dickinson Law
Qualifications I have been a practicing attorney for the last 20 years and have experience in all areas of the law. In addition, I have extensive courtroom experience having handled hundreds of hearings in the course of my career.
Twitter @boydforjudge
Municipality Oley Township, Berks County
In my opinion, the most important quality in a judge is temperament. I believe that it is very important for a Judge to be calm when on the bench. I have been before Judges that lose their tempers and it is not an effective attribute. By the contrary, when a Judge loses their temper and screams at litigants or attorneys, it exacerbates the situation, causes more stress and compromises the outcome of the case. A Judge should never decide cases under anger, vindictiveness or partiality.
I would recuse myself if I feel that I cannot be impartial or represent a litigant in an objective fashion because of some personal belief that I have about facts involved in the case. As a Judge, if you know someone, have represented someone in the past, or have some bias toward the party appearing before you or based on the facts of the case, it is always a good idea to recuse yourself so that there are no questions as to your fairness or impartiality in the decision that is made.
As a member of the judiciary, while on the bench, a Judge can make sure that all litigants, whether represented or unrepresented, are provided the opportunity to be heard and present their cases before the Court. Off of the bench, a Judge can encourage pro bono work though the bar association, and participate and stay involved in the community to be up to date on issues affecting residents within the County and the State as a whole.
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