Qualifications

Judge Santiago's experience, commitment to public service, and proven judicial temperament are factors that validate his qualifications to be a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. In addition, Rashid's values, including his fairness, integrity and his devotion to ensuring that justice is served, are attributes that would bolster the public's confidence in the legal system. Rashid is eager to continue serving the community as the next Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Lehigh County.

While serving as a law clerk in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas, Rashid spent countless hours reading case law and Pennsylvania statutory law. In addition, Rashid spent a great deal of time assisting in the writing of judicial opinions. As a result, he has become well versed in the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence, as well as the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure.

Since 2014, Rashid has served the community as a Magisterial District Judge (MDJ), presiding over a wide array of cases, including several homicide and felony preliminary hearings. Judge Santiago has presided over hundreds of civil and landlord-tenant hearings and summary trials in traffic and non-traffic cases. In 2019 he was elected to serve in his second term. 

Being that Magisterial District Courts are the front lines of the judicial system in Pennsylvania, Judge Santiago deals with many non-traditional legal issues on a daily basis. Regardless of the circumstance, cause or party (litigant, witness, staff), Santiago takes pride in treating people with the utmost dignity, respect, and professionalism. Rashid is confident that he can bring this same judicial temperament to the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.