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What to expect from Common Pleas Court Judges who don't just play one on TV.

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

We've all seen so many Courtroom Dramas play out on television. But in real life, we've got to get it right. Absolutely. Lives and livelihoods are on the line. That's what makes this role so important.

Now, when you submit your ballot for Common Pleas Court Judge, you'll have more than a remote idea of their role.

A Judge on the Chester County Court of Common Pleas Court is a crucial figure in the local judicial system. Their primary responsibility is to preside over cases and make impartial decisions based on the evidence presented, ensuring that justice is administered fairly and in accordance with the law. This role demands a deep understanding of legal principles, statutes, and precedents, as well as a keen ability to apply them judiciously. Judges are expected to maintain a strict adherence to the rule of law, setting aside personal biases or political leanings in favor of upholding the principles of justice.


Furthermore, a Judge in this context plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the rights and liberties of individuals who come before the court. They must carefully consider the arguments and evidence presented by both parties, ensuring that due process is followed. This requires a keen attention to detail, an analytical mind, and a commitment to upholding the rights enshrined in the Constitution. Judges must balance the scales of justice, weighing the interests of the parties involved while upholding the broader principles of equity and fairness.


In addition to their role in adjudicating cases, Judges in Chester County often play a key role in shaping legal precedents and contributing to the development of the local legal landscape. Their decisions can set standards and influence future interpretations of the law, impacting not only the parties involved in a specific case, but also the broader community. This underscores the importance of a Judge's commitment to a comprehensive understanding of the law and its implications.


Lastly, a Judge in Chester County, as in any jurisdiction, must maintain the public's trust in the judicial system. This requires conducting proceedings transparently, communicating decisions clearly, and fostering an atmosphere of professionalism and integrity. By embodying these qualities, a Judge helps to ensure that the community has confidence in the fairness and effectiveness of the legal process, ultimately upholding the rule of law.



We have five outstanding candidates for Judge of our Court of Common Pleas on the ballot for the November 7 Municipal General Election. They are Judge Lou Mincarelli, Dave Black, Don Kohler, PJ Redmond, and Andy Rongaus. Please vote for all five. Those elected will serve a 10-year term.

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