Bucks County Magisterial District 07-1-04
Magisterial judges preside over district courts that are responsible for adjudicating all traffic and non-traffic citations as well as processing criminal and private criminal complaints inclusive of arraignments and preliminary hearings, the handling of civil and landlord tenant complaints up to a jurisdictional limit of $12,000 as well as parking violations. All misdemeanor and felony violations are filed in the district courts where they are preliminarily arraigned and afforded a preliminary hearing. At the conclusion of the preliminary hearing the charges are dismissed, waived to court or held for court and referred onto the Court of Common Pleas. Source:�http://www.buckscounty.org/Courts/DistrictCourts
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Terry Hughes, Sr.
What is the most important quality in a judge?
Under what circumstances would you recuse yourself from a case?
Involved in hundreds of cases in our district and county courts. Nearly 30 years law enforcement experience. Several law enforcement accredidations. Bristol Twp Medal of Valor recipient.
FBI National Academy, 2008;DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy, 60 College criminal justice credits.
District Court's are truly "The People's Court" and should be presided over by judges with two main qualities: professional experience as well as life experience. These experiences must then be utilized to provide fair and equal justice based on the law - regardless of personal or political opinion. I am the only candidate with the professional experience in the law (nearly 30 years in law enforcement) and personal experience (60 year township resident, husband, parent, homeowner; longtime community volunteer) that provide me with the ability to address cases that will come before the bench, and the understanding of our community to render just decisions. Because of my experience, I would be able to make firm and just decisions that would hold people accountable but at the same time not ruin a person's life over them making a mistake. Finally, I am enrolled for the state's District Judge accreditation course and will be ready to serve on day one.
I would recuse myself if I would be unable to provide a just and unbiased decision. An example of that would be if a family member, or close friend came before the court. Or if a conflict of interest would present itself. A judge must provide fair and equal justice based on the law, regardless of personal or political views.
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