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Judge Timothy S. Searer

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Background

Employment History

  • Judge
  • President Judge
    Mifflin County Court of Common Pleas
  • President Judge
    Mifflin County
  • Solicitor
    Mifflin County
  • District Attorney
    Mifflin County

Education

  • Juris Doctor
    Duquesne University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Science degree
    Pennsylvania State University
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During the course of the trial, ...
www.lewistownsentinel.com, 1 Mar 2014 [cached]
During the course of the trial, then President Judge Timothy S. Searer had to interrupt Cook on several occasions for making statements, rather than asking questions of the witnesses.
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Searer gave Cook some latitude during his questioning, but the defendant continued to struggle.
Sembach appeared frustrated that he was limited in his ability to assist Cook and on several occasions slipped the defendant pieces of paper with written questions he felt he should be asking witnesses on them.
At one point, Cook requested that Sembach represent him again, which Searer denied.
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Searer said Cook chose to represent himself some time ago and had gone through four attorneys throughout the course of his case coming to trial.
Regarding the race for President Judge ...
www.lewistownsentinel.com, 23 Oct 2013 [cached]
Regarding the race for President Judge of the Mifflin County Court of Common Pleas, President Judge Tim Searer's sign reads "Experience. While the sign of challenger Attorney Dave Barron reads "Time for Change."
I have always been under the impression that typically when change is needed, something needs to be improved or repaired. For a candidate to state that it's "time for change" just for the sake of using it as a catchy election phrase without any basis is counterintuitive. Insofar as I am concerned, the Mifflin County Court of Common Pleas has, for 20 years, been run very effectively, with the sound judgment, integrity and leadership of President Judge Tim Searer. Judge Searer's record of performance on the bench is without blemish and the citizens of Mifflin County have been well served as a result of his dedicated service and experienced leadership.
In this very important election, I believe that indeed experience counts and the residents of Mifflin County are very appreciative of the fact that we have had a man such as Judge Tim Searer leading our county judicial system, unblemished, for 20 years. Experience DOES count.
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On Nov. 5 let's all continue to rely on the experience, leadership and decision-making skills of Judge Tim Searer in the Mifflin County Court of Common Pleas.
Press Releases Archives - Tucker Arensberg, P.C.
www.tuckerlaw.com, 5 June 2014 [cached]
Tucker Arensberg, P.C. is pleased to announce that the Honorable Timothy S. Searer has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Judge Searer served as President Judge for the Mifflin County Court of Common Pleas from 1994 - 2013.
Not eligible to vote, but supports ...
www.lewistownsentinel.com, 18 Oct 2013 [cached]
Not eligible to vote, but supports Searer, Civitts
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In that same spirit, I would like to encourage your readers to re-elect Judge Tim Searer this election. Although I won't be eligible to vote yet, I would like to share with your readers why I endorse Judge Tim Searer on behalf of the Catholic community I serve.
First of all, let me begin by saying that endorsing a candidate in any election has never been easy for anyone. I hope this is true for the people of Mifflin County, because a lot of thought and consideration needs to be processed before one casts their ballot in order for it to be a genuine voice of civics. Despite not being eligible to vote yet (this has been a source of annoyance to me), I decided to do some research about Tim Searer and Dave Barron, and the results were quite stark.
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I should note that I intentionally supported Dave Barron, but common sense has called me to support Tim Searer.
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Judge Tim Searer was Mifflin County's first Republican district attorney since World War II, and Mifflin County's first Republican judge in three decades. Although Tim Searer lost the Republican nomination this year by 13 votes -yes, only 13 votes - he still won the overall total vote in the primaries: Searer won with 3,011 votes while Barron got 2,953. If you ask me, Mr. Searer is the winner not just by electoral cases, but by his record as well.
Under Judge Tim Searer's two terms, Mifflin County's crime rate has been maintained not by rising, but lowering significantly. It is to his credit that Mifflin County was able to generate over $1 million revenue annually by hosting out-of county prisoners without any expense. In addition, the programs he enacted have not only shown fiscal responsibility, but have contributed to the good morals of our faith-based community. Judge Searer has worked and will continue to work with faith-based institutions that have proven track records in diverting young and first-time, non-violent offenders from criminal careers, for which I salute them. Their emphasis on restorative justice, to make the victim whole and put the offender on the right path, can give law enforcement the flexibility it needs in dealing with different levels of criminal behavior, and that's what Judge Searer has realized.
And above all, Judge Searer has shown time and time again that his role as a trial judge is to interpret the law as it was originally intended rather than make it. He has demonstrated faithfulness to the U.S. Constitution and all the citizens he looks out for, and in that sense, he has my support.
Searer to seek third term via ...
www.lewistownsentinel.com, 16 Feb 2013 [cached]
Searer to seek third term via election
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LEWISTOWN - Mifflin County President Judge Timothy S. Searer had two choices this year: Run for retention, or face the possibility of an opponent in the November election. He opted for the latter.
A retention vote would have asked voters if they would like to retain Searer as president judge for another 10-year term. If the voters rejected retaining Searer, he would have lost his seat.
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Judge Timothy S. Searer
The above scenario has become moot however, and now the question becomes, will someone challenge Searer, who has served more than 20 years on the bench? Several attorneys in the Mifflin County legal community have expressed an interest in running, however, none of them has publicly announced the intention to run.
Searer was elected to the bench in 1993 and re-elected in 2003.
"As I pledged when first elected, the citizens of Mifflin County deserve to select their common pleas judge by means of an election and avoid the possibility of a political appointment process. By my not seeking retention by referendum, the voters will again have that opportunity this year. I look forward to placing my record of judicial experience and demonstrated competence over time in the performance of the varied duties of a trial judge before the voters," Searer said.
Searer is a native of Lewistown. He recieved his Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1977 and his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law in 1980. He was admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in 1980, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in 1985 and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1991. He had his private legal practice in Mifflin County from 1980 to 1994.
Searer also served as Mifflin County solicitor from 1984 to 1988 and as district attorney from 1988 to 1994. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, the Mifflin County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He attended the General Jurisdiction Course at the National Judicial College, University of Nevada-Reno in 1994, and has served as a panel member for several programs of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the educational arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
"As president judge, I have consistently acted in the best interests of county taxpayers regarding the judiciary's budget and in the management of the judicial branch of county government. With the help of exceptional court administration and staff, we consistently operate the court within our means and without jeopardizing the right of Mifflin County citizens to prompt access to the judicial system and the resolution of their cases," he said.
Among the family court programs and procedures initiated during Searer's tenure as president judge are Group Custody Days, Parent Coordination and the Educational Program for Separated Parents. These initiatives assure prompt appearances before a judge in the emotional area of child custody, provide a quick and efficient means of resolving cases without long and contentious hearings and provide guidance to parents for helping their children adjust to the consequences of separated parents.
Searer said in the criminal court, there was the introduction of Central Court, Specialized Treatment Courts for both juveniles and adults, the opening of a Day Reporting Center and the increased use of monitoring technology, have all contributed to a more efficient use of resources and less expensive community-based programs. Additionally, these programs and others have assured the availability of jail cells and beds for Mifflin County prisoners who need to be incarcerated and for the county to generate more than $1 million annually by housing out-of county prisoners.
"I am proud of the accomplishments of our court during my term as its administrative judge. I believe we have earned the respect of the lawyers who appear before us as well as that of our peers on the common pleas bench," Searer said.
Searer was the first judge outside of Centre County to serve as Chief Administrative Judge of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Administrative Unit 2. This two-year appointment in 2009 came from the 18 judges and seven District Court Administrators in Central Pennsylvania counties comprising the unit.
In addition to all administrative duties, Searer carries a full caseload in all court divisions: civil, criminal, family and orphan's court.
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Appellate courts have commented in their opinions about the thorough manner in which I have analyzed and disposed of cases appealed to their courts," Searer said.
Searer and his wife, Susan (Zewe) Searer, are the parents of two daughters and a son.
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