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    Christopher Cerski (Dem) Magisterial District Judge

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Education 2002, Temple University School of Law, J.D.
Qualifications -Magisterial District Judge for 11 years. -Chairperson, Montgomery County District Court Judiciary Committee. -Member, Racial Justice Improvement Project. -2016 Special Court Judges Association Jeffers Award Recipient for service to the Pennsylvania Judiciary. -2010 Cheltenham NAACP Youth Service Award. -Past President of the Montgomery County District Judges Association -Arcadia University Adjunct Professor of Law & Political Science
Municipality Cheltenham Township Wards 1, 2, 3, 4
County Montgomery County
district 38-1-03
As a magisterial district judge, I work every day to ensure those appearing before the court are treated fairly and with respect. I seek reelection because I enjoy serving the public and trying to continuously improve our judiciary. I consider the Magisterial District Court one of the most important courts in Pennsylvania’s judicial system because it is the only court most citizens will ever encounter, which means a person's experience forms his or her confidence in the Pa. judiciary.
I recuse myself when the rules of judicial conduct specifically require my recusal. Moreover, I voluntarily recuse myself whenever an appearance of impropriety or bias may be present. In cases where I may not be required to recuse myself, but I am concerned about a potential appearance of impropriety, I immediately disclose my concern and allow the parties to determine whether a recusal is necessary.
Judges should help advance the judicial system and educate the public about the courts and the law. For example, I drafted a legal position paper leading to the passage of Senate Bill 850, which sealed juvenile records at the magisterial district courts. I instituted an alternative adjudication program aimed at diverting young offenders from the court system while at the same time holding the students accountable for their behavior. I routinely provide lectures to schools and community groups. logo


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