Why I am Running:


The Salem Municipal Court is a community court. It belongs to the people of Salem. I have experienced the issues people have been forced to deal with at the Municipal Court, and if elected, I will provide the City of Salem with solutions.

In April, 2017 a survey was done regarding the Salem Municipal Court and those working in it. The survey very clearly pointed to some negative aspects - primarily the efficiency of the court and the approach taken by the presiding judge. The full results of this survey can be seen here.

After reviewing this survey, hearing comments from my peers in the legal community and experiencing the inefficiency of the Municipal Court first-hand, I decided to take action.

I am Committed to this community and recognize the struggles facing it today - struggles often addressed in the Municipal Court. Crimes relating to homelessness and traffic are likely to be cited to Municipal Court. I want to deal with those issues in a fair and consistent manner. Consistent scheduling and policies to the courtroom will allow attorneys on both sides to better anticipate the outcome of a case and resolve matters fairly. I have worked on both the prosecution side and the defense side and understand the priorities both sides are dealing with. I will provide Competent and fair judgment to the Municipal Court.

My goal is to improve access to justice in Salem. If elected, I will streamline court procedures and sentencing framework. I believe police officer and attorney time is valuable and they should be able to estimate the time spent in a courtroom. Over the last decade, the court has almost tripled the budget ($66,530 to $175,000) to hire pro-tem (substitute) judges. I believe the court can run far more efficiently and I would like the opportunity to improve it.

Help me incorporate innovative solutions to ongoing problems by voting for Melissa Parker on May 15, 2018.

It's time for change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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