Bucks County Magisterial District 07-2-02
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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Mark D. Douple
What is the most important quality in a judge?
Under what circumstances would you recuse yourself from a case?
Magisterial District Judge 2010-Present
Goodwin and Douple 1998-2009
Bucks County Mediation and Arbitration Center 2004-2008
B & M 1994-1998
Margolis Edelstein 1990-1994
Asst Public Defender 1986-1990
Mansfield State College 1983
University of Toledo College of Law 1986
The most important qualities in a judge are patience and common sense. As a judge it is important to be patient to all who come before me. Whether you are a party to a proceeding, or a witness, you should be treated with courtesy and respect. Everyone should have their opportunity to be heard. Once all parties have been heard, the Judge, as trier of fact, should use their life’s experiences and common sense to come to a just decision. Not everyone will be happy with a judge’s decision, but they should leave the court with a feeling that they had the opportunity to be heard. They had their day in Court.
Recusals are governed by the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct of MDJs. I am one of seven judges in the state appointed to the Ethics Committee of the Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania. In this capacity I am tasked with responding to MDJ’s inquiries on issues, including disqualification. A MDJ shall disqualify themself in any proceeding in which the MDJ’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned. If the MDJ has a personal bias or prejudice concerning a party, or a party’s lawyer, or personal knowledge of facts that are in dispute in the proceeding, disqualification is absolute. In all other cases a MDJ may disclose the basis of the disqualification and may ask the parties and their lawyers to consider whether to waive disqualification. A judge should not use disqualification as an excuse to avoid hearing a difficult case, but if the rules require disqualification or disclosure of a disqualifying condition, a judge shall be governed by the rules and act accordingly.
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