Committee expresses concern for possible elimination of Lancaster judge position

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LANCASTER, Pa. -- A committee in Lancaster said the Lancaster County President Judge is considering eliminating a magisterial judge position.

Lancaster City District Judge Kelly Ballentine was removed from the bench for dismissing her own traffic tickets, and now members of the community said the Lancaster President Judge is planning to get rid of her position altogether.

Crispus Attucks Self Determination Matters Committee and other organizations discussed their displeasure of the possible elimination of the magisterial position.

City Councilman Louise Williams said eliminating the office would hurt the community because it affects it at a local level.

Williams said, "The magisterial district is the initial step into the judicial system so many times the minor judiciary is probably the most people will experience in court."

Williams and Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman spearheaded the organization of the committee.

They have not yet received a final draft of the planned proposal by the President Judge.

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