Judicial Philosophy

Justice requires the delicate balance between the letter of the law and the needs of the individuals and facts before the court.

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I believe in the power of our justice system and that all of us serving within the system – law enforcement, staff, lawyers, judges – are ambassadors with the responsibility to ensure that the system is fair, accessible and free of bias.  The pursuit of justice requires a solid knowledge of the law and legal procedure and a heart for service and people, because it requires the delicate balance between the letter of the law and the needs of the individuals and facts before the court.  This balance must be pursued blindly without respect for person, status, or background.  And this balance must be defended fiercely because it is the cornerstone of our justice system and is what engenders trust in the system as a whole.

 

Service in the justice system is a noble endeavor.  The greatest honor is the opportunity to serve as a judge, trusted to humbly and without bias balance the demands of the law with the challenging situations people find themselves in.