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
6 yrs. certified as a Magisterial District Judge. 18 yrs. as Deputy Constable, law enforcement arm of the District Court. Teach for Temple Univ., Organic Farmer & lifelong Bucks Co. resident.
Certification for Magisterial District Judge, 2015-Present,
Managing Aggressive Behavior, 2016,
Act 49 Instructor, 2013,
Constable Basic, Firearms & Annual Updates, 2002-Present,
Bucks Co Comm College
Many qualities are needed to be an effective judge, however integrity is the key factor across all other qualities. Acting with integrity means I value the impartiality and independence the Judicial Canons call for. Integrity ensures I devote proper time and attention to each and every case, respecting the need for an efficient and timely application of justice but not rushing or discounting the participants. Integrity means I apply rulings that match the situation, viewing each participant as an individual rather than applying “one size fits all” decisions.
As Deputy Constable, I have served warrants, arrested people, transported prisoners, explained the processes and guarded the courts for the last 18+ years and have seen the impact of a decision by the MDJ. As the first interaction with the courts for many offenders, this is the time where choices are made that can determine their life-path moving forward. Understanding the importance of these decisions can make all the difference.
As the Judicial Canons for Magisterial District Judges state, I will recuse myself if I have personal knowledge of the facts in dispute, if anyone in the case is related to me, or my household has a financial interest in the case or where I may be a material witness in the matter. While recusals are important to the impartiality of the court, I will not abuse this ability. The people of Warwick and Warrington deserve a judge that will perform her duties as fully as she can and in a timely manner. Recusals have a huge impact on not only the participants of the case but the cost and the efficiency of the court. If asked to recuse myself, I will give the matter my careful consideration and decide on the merits of that specific case.
Trial attorney licensed in PA, NJ, and OH. Former federal attorney presided as hearing officer, & rendered decisions on disputes. Investigated charges while explaining the process to individuals.
Law School Degree: Juris Doctorate Degree, obtained May 2014.
Undergraduate: Bachelor's of Arts Degree, Honors Sociology, obtained November 2002
The most important quality in a judge is being able to carry out justice in a clear manner so that people using the court system understand why decisions are made. This clarity is dependent on the judge’s education, experience and training.
Justice is not a noun, it’s a verb. Justice requires consideration of opposing viewpoints, understanding of the law, and concern with the impact of the law on the community. To carry out justice, a judge has to listen with both their heart and their mind to balance varying factors and appropriately apply nuanced law to each matter that comes before them.
The combination of my bachelor’s degree in Sociology, my law degree, and my years of experience balancing the law with the opposing viewpoints of two or more parties have equipped me with the necessary knowledge, skill and compassion to be ready to serve as Magisterial District Judge on day one. I am the only candidate certified by the highest courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Ohio.
Recusal (or disqualification) requires that a judge withdraws from a case to avoid the appearance of, or an actual, conflict of interest. Per the Judicial Code of Conduct, recusal is necessary to "protect the rights of litigants and preserve public confidence in the independence, ...and impartiality...of the judiciary." As such, my decision to recuse myself from a case will be guided by the Judicial Code of Conduct, my belief that I am unable to fairly carry out justice, and/or if my "impartiality might reasonably be questioned."