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Hale is new Schuylkill County judge

The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Magisterial District Judge Christina Hale to the Court of Common Pleas in Schuylkill County. She will fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of Judge John Domalakes.

“It was a pleasure to vote to confirm Judge Hale on the floor of the Senate today,” said Sen. David Argall, who introduced her.

“She has a wealth of experience in both civil and criminal cases and is a pillar of the Schuylkill County community. I could not think of a better candidate to sit on the Court of Common Pleas.”

Schuylkill County District Attorney Michael O’Pake said Magisterial District Judge Christina Hale, who was confirmed by the Senate today as a Schuylkill County Common Pleas Judge, is “supremely qualified and will do an excellent job” in her new role.

“I have a very good working and personal relationship with Judge Hale. I am very pleased that she was appointed by the Senate,” O’Pake said.

He said Hale possesses “the proper intellectual ability and judicial temperment “ that make a good judge. As an assistant district attorney, O’Pake was assigned to cover her district.

“I look forward to working with her in the Court of Common Pleas,” O’Pake said.

Hale has handled over 34,000 cases as a Magisterial District Judge in Northern Schuylkill County since 2012 ranging from summary traffic offenses to homicide cases. She received nominations from both parties in her first election in 2011 and was unopposed in her second election in 2017.

Before her time as a judge, Judge Hale had her own law practice that dealt with a wide array of fields such as personal injury, real estate, workers’ compensation, and social security. She received her law degree from Dickinson Law School and her bachelor’s degree from Penn State University.

Judge Christina Hale is sworn into office for the Schuylkill Court of Common Pleas. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO