THE RIGHT EXPERIENCE, THE RIGHT CHOICE.

Judges make important decisions daily that affect the lives of all the residents in their district. Before you enter the voting booth, you need to know more than just a candidate's name and party affiliation. A judicial candidate's professional expertise should include knowledge of the law and courtroom procedures. With over twenty years’ experience in courtrooms all across the Commonwealth and State certified by the Minor Judiciary Education Board and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, Tracy is the candidate that is ready to serve on day one, making our community a safer place.

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NOTHING CAN PREPARE YOU FOR THE JOB LIKE OVER 20 YEARS OF HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IN A COURTROOM.

A freelance court reporter for 20 years, Tracy has had her finger on the pulse of our local communities for decades, seeing firsthand the issues that impact our society and our criminal justice system, such as those that stem from the breakdown of the nuclear family, and from drug and alcohol addiction. She has worked with hundreds of Magisterial District Judges, Court of Common Pleas Judges, State Representatives, State Senators, Divorce Masters, District Attorneys, criminal defense attorneys, and civil attorneys from all over the country.

As someone who has spent years in hearings and courtrooms all across the Commonwealth, she has covered everything from adoptions, domestic relations court, DUIs, drug and family law cases, aggravated assaults, shaken-baby cases, homicides, and high-profile fraternity hazing cases. On day one, she will be ready to serve, and looks forward to working with residents and law-enforcement to ensure our communities are safe and enjoyable places to raise our families.

Tracy graduated from Central Pennsylvania Business College, one of the top court reporting schools in the nation. After graduation, Tracy worked one year as an Official Court Reporter in Northumberland County, where she gained her first experience in the courtroom. She has been covering Preliminary Hearings, civil and criminal jury/non-jury trials, Investigative Grand Jury, PA House Committee & PA Budget Hearings, along with civil and medical malpractice depositions, master's hearings, school district/school board hearings, Board of Supervisor and Zoning Hearings ever since. She is also a Notary Public, a member of the PA Association of Notaries, and administers an oath and swears witnesses in at all proceedings she covers. She is State certified by the Minor Judiciary Education Board and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. While candidates are no longer required to be an attorney for the position of Magisterial District Judge, a career in the legal field with years of courtroom knowledge and experience is a valuable asset.

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WHAT is a Magisterial District Judge?


On November 30, 2004, Governor Rendell signed into law Act 207 of 2004 that changed the phrase "district justice" to "magisterial district judge". Because "district justice" is used extensively in the Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee agreed that references to "district justice" were to be changed to "magisterial district judge" to avoid confusion among members of the bench, bar and public.

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Magisterial District Court is the first level of judicial authority in Pennsylvania and is the court where most people experience the judicial system. A Magisterial District Judge is the first judicial officer to hear evidence in all criminal proceedings. They conduct preliminary arraignments and preside over preliminary hearings to determine if the case should be dismissed or transferred to the Court of Common Pleas for further proceedings.


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A Magisterial District Judge presides over such cases as: summary offenses; landlord/tenant matters; civil cases where the amount is less than $12,000; municipal ordinance violations; fish, game, and dog laws; emergency protection-from-abuse petitions and civil wedding ceremonies. They can accept guilty pleas and impose sentencing for certain misdemeanors; issue search and arrest warrants; and fix and accept bail in all but the most violent cases.