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.
Hear what people are saying about Tracy
"I believe Tracy will do a great job for Juniata County! As an attorney in the 41st Judicial District I have worked with her for many years in a variety of courtrooms and have always found her to be professional and knowledgeable. I appreciate that she takes strong stands and sticks to her values in an age when most are afraid to do so! As an owner of several small businesses, I appreciate her entrepreneurial spirit and her expressed desire to work for and protect the hard working people she serves. Please give her your vote!"
- Kevin Prosser, Esquire
"As a local attorney, I have worked with Tracy on many cases where she was the Court reporter. She has always been professional, diligent and hard working. She has experience in all levels of courts across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She will make an excellent candidate for MDJ in Juniata County, PA."
- Tammy Dusharm, Esquire
"I worked with Tracy for 16 years in all courtroom settings, civil/criminal hearings and trials and fully endorse her as a candidate for Magisterial District Judge and feel she would be a valuable asset to Juniata County."
- Carl Nace, Dairy Farmer, Fire Chief, Prison Guard and former Sheriff of Perry County
"I fully support Tracy for Magisterial District Judge. I have had the privilege of being in court with Tracy over the past 15 years and she is exact, well-informed and very well respected among the bench and bar. She will serve all of the citizens of Juniata County well."
- Philip M. Masorti, Esquire
"I am very happy to endorse the candidacy of Tracy Powell for Magisterial District Judge. As an attorney, I have worked with Tracy over the past twenty years. As a Court Reporter/Stenographer, Tracy has assisted me in many summary trails and preliminary hearings in Central Pennsylvania. Her experience, as a Court Reporter, makes her uniquely qualified for the position of Magisterial District Judge. Tracy has always been extremely efficient and courteous in her position as a Court Reporter and also has been very knowledgeable in the issues arising out of summary trials and preliminary hearings. In her professional role as a Court Reporter, Tracy has worked very well with numerous judges, both at the summary level and the Court of Common Pleas level, as well as with attorneys in numerous counties in Central Pennsylvania. Tracy has always impressed me as being a very fair and bright and reasonable individual who has the objectivity to be a fair and compassionate Magisterial District Judge. I believe Tracy will be an excellent Magisterial District Judge for your community and I wholeheartedly endorse her for this position."
- Joseph L. Amendola, Esquire
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.
Fair and balanced
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.
Knowledge and Experience
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.