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Midstate judge vows appeal on ruling on handling of traffic case

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 18, 2015 2:11 AM
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(Lancaster) -- A Lancaster County district judge says she plans to appeal a Common Pleas judge's ruling that she erred in her handling of a traffic case. 

Elizabethtown Magisterial District Judge Jayne Duncan plans to take the case to the state Supreme Court. 

Senior Judge Arthur Tilson of Montgomery County has ruled Duncan improperly held a second hearing on a man's traffic citations after another district judge convicted him. 

Tilson has signed an order requiring Duncan to reinstate the three original guilty verdicts, but he said that shouldn't be read "as being critical of the judge.'' 

Duncan contends judges have discretion on when to allow no-show defendants another hearing.

She was barred from hearing criminal cases but continues to hear civil and other cases.  
     

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