Personal Reflection Of Mays Landing Court House

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On the day of Friday October 21st, 2016, at the scene of Mays Landing Court House inside the Criminal Division court room, the Honorable Judge Damon G. Tyner, JSC presided. Throughout the day Judge Tyner observed both sentencing as well as motion cases. Before arriving to the court house I reflected on my expectations; I was expecting to see this large courtroom with ten to twelve rows and massive windows. I expected to hear no talking while the Judge spoke, I also expected most to be dressed professional. As for my expectations for the Judge, I thought he would be more short tempered and impatient. As far as my expectations being met in some cases they were in others they were not. It was not a massive courtroom, rather it the right …show more content…
The four aspects of the Statement of core values are Independence, Integrity, Fairness and Quality Service. From observing Judge Tyner, it is clear he takes great pride in every single category. During a hearing that involved Miss Patricia Fry, Judge Tyner said “Iv seen you in here many times Miss Fry I can see you want to get clean, I want you to get clean”. This showed myself as well as the courtroom that Judge Tyner as well as the rest of the court gives everyone who comes through equal opportunity to get their life back on track. If there was a suggestion to be made on how the court could improve in the sense of meeting any of its statements; they should be stricter on the no speaking when the Judge is speaking. As mentioned earlier many times when Judge Tyner was addressing the courtroom lawyers as well as spectators were talking amongst themselves. Also at times it was hard to hear the judge, the microphone he was talking in was not consistently …show more content…
As I walked in I saw the look on many faces, some regret others anger. When Judge Tyner first arrived, he began with what he referred to as his “miscellaneous list”. He began to call out names such as Michael Baker, John Wang etc. As the names were called and the recipients stood up Judge Tyner would say, “thank you see you next week”. As court progressed Judge Tyner list off more names to attorney Laffey, in which Judge Tyner ordered expungements. As time past the first case that began the day was State vs Shamika Ravenell, which was a sentencing. Judge Tyner advised Mrs. Ravenell of the charges against he which was possesion of drugs. Shamikas attorney did address that she did plead guilty in superior court and that she was honest in her interview. Judge Tyner did ask Mrs. Ravenell to raise her right hand in order to be sworn in. After being sworn in Judge Tyner did discuss with Shamika her appellant post conviction rights. As the hearing continued Judge Tyner asked Mrs. Ravenell if she wanted to add any comments due to her right of allocution, her response was “no”. Judge Tyner did take into account that Mrs. Ravenell did have one prior misdemeanor which was classified as a DUI in 2015. With all aspects taken into account Judge Tyner gave Mrs. Ravenell a one-year probation well as $1,000 plus in

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