Parking tickets and code violations are already ignored by a few connected people, but they mostly are paid. Coatesville Police can’t handle extra duty serving warrants. There are outstanding warrants in Coatesville for more serious crimes. So are we stuck with unenforceable laws until we have a mechanism for municipalities to use State Constables? Does anybody know how to do it?
I believe Judge MacElree, consulting with no one, made a thoughtless decision that if not quickly rescinded could have disastrous consequences for the entire County. I wonder how the Republican Party will spin this one.
POSTED BY JIM PITCHERELLA AT 3:27 PM
“In a one-page order dated Feb. 9, Chester County Court of Common Pleas President Judge James P. MacElree II said that beginning immediately; all such warrants would be issued by magisterial district judges only to the municipal police department from which the original violation allegedly occurred. Previously, those warrants were assigned to state constables for collection. The courts would also be restricted from posting the warrant on the county's Web Enforcement Bureau database.‘The order came as a surprise to most of us,’ said Downingtown Police ChiefJames McGowan. "Most of the chiefs are greatly concerned and have a lot of reservations."See:Warrant changes raise new questions
Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011