Magisterial District Judge 05-02-18
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The Criminal Justice Task Force (11/16) recommended that Magistrates use the Allegheny County Risk Assessment tool for pretrial release determinations when setting bail. Are you familiar with this tool? Would you use it to determine the need for bail and the value of bail required?
How will you handle the imbalance of power you will commonly see in your court between vulnerable populations, who can not afford an attorney and will represent themselves the majority of the time, and opposing parties that tend to be more powerful, as the Police, or have the resources to hire an attorney, as a landlord against a tenant.
Robert Morris University, AB,BD
Penn State, Cert. Resource Mgmt
Qualifications for office
Magisterial District Judge for Baldwin and Brentwood Boroughs for past six years.
I am familiar with the Allegheny County Risk Assessment tool for pretrial release determinations when setting bail. I do use it to determine the bail and the cost of the bail bond.
I see no imbalance in my courtroom. I treat the defendant the way I would want to be treated. In landlord/tenant, each tenant is involved in a Status Conference and not a hearing. Several organizations such as Neighborhood Legal Services represent tenants at no cost. Allegheny County has a Information Specialist at hearings to help tenants with their needs, (rent, utilities, etc.)
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