Judge Rashid Santiago's education, experience, and knowledge of the law have prepared him to be the next Judge of the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas. As a Magisterial District Judge (MDJ) elected for his second term, he has presided over thousands of cases. Santiago's judicial temperament is demonstrated on a daily basis. In addition, he has ample experience managing a courtroom and rendering judicial rulings.

In his current position, Judge Santiago presides over preliminary hearings in misdemeanor and felony cases and bench trials in summary cases. In addition, he approves the issuance of search warrants, arrest warrants, and emergency PFA orders. He also conducts preliminary arraignments whereby bail is set in criminal matters. Santiago also presides over Civil and Landlord-Tenant matters.

Judge Santiago is eager to continue to serve the judiciary and the people of Lehigh County.



 

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Judge
Rashid
SaNTIAGO

The only judge running for Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas

CORE VALUES

  • EXPERIENCE
  • INTEGRITY
  • FAIRNESS
  • HARD WORK
  • TEMPERAMENT
  • JUSTICE & EQUALITY
  • FAMILY & COMMUNITY
  • RESPECT FOR ALL LITIGANTS

EXPERIENCE AS A  DISTRICT JUDGE

PRESIDED OVER 40,000 CASES IN THE PAST 7 YEARS

  • Criminal

  • Civil

  • Landlord Tenant

  • Traffic and Non-Traffic

PRESIDES OVER PRELIMINARY 

HEARINGS

  • For felony and misdemeanor criminal cases      

  • Bench trials in summary cases

SETS BAIL 

FOR 

CRIMINAL CASES

  • Conducts preliminary arraignments

APPROVES THE ISSUANCES OF:

  •  Search warrants

  • Arrest warrants

  • Emergency PFAs 

IT WILL BE A SEAMLESS TRANSITION FOR JUDGE SANTIAGO INTO THE COMMON PLEAS COURT;
HE WILL BE READY ON DAY ONE