A veteran attorney has announced his bid to become a judge for the Berks County Court of Common Pleas.
Patrick "Pat" Barrett will officially begin his campaign during an event at the GoggleWorks in Reading on Feb. 24.
Barrett, 53, of Maidencreek Township, has practiced law on both sides of the aisle over the past 26 years. He began his legal career in 1987 by prosecuting criminal cases as an assistant district attorney in Berks County. Since 1990, he has worked in private practice, handling corporate work, including loan workouts and collections for financial institutions and corporations.
His experience, Barrett said, makes him uniquely qualified and prepared to direct the course of a criminal or civil trial as a judge.
"The process can only be overseen effectively by an individual who has the knowledge and experience, and that experience extends to both sides of the aisle," said Barrett, a Scranton native who is currently a shareholder in the Essig, Valeriano and Fudeman law firm in Reading.
Common pleas judges are elected to serve 10-year terms.