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Report: #1480506

Complaint Review: Judge Timothy Rowley - Reading Pennsylvania

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  • Reported By: Stefanie — Reading PA United States
  • Judge Timothy Rowley 633 Court Street Reading, Pennsylvania United States

Judge Timothy Rowley Refuses to listen to evidence, allows other party to submit lies and false accusations Reading Pennsylvania

*Author of original report: I WAS Represented

*Consumer Comment: And Where Was Your Lawyer??

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For nearly a year and a half, we've been trying to first get custody of our granddaughters, later only requested visitation with them.   Judge Rowley allowed Berks County Children and Youth Services to sabotage our case.  He also allowed them to lie repeatedly about us.  He allowed them to submit falsified documents and reports. 

He allowed them to level false accusations and slander us.  He never gave us a chance to dispute their claims or testify even thought it was OUR hearing.   He basically said we are no longer grandparents and not allowed to see our little girls even though we've been in their lives since day 1. But he has no problem allowing people with a LONG history of violence staying in the girls' lives. 

Judge Rowley informed us if we go to trial, which we have EVERY right to do, it will not matter. He will NOT change his mind. He made his mind up based solely on ONE side. He literally NEVER allowed us to submit or speak ONE word on our own behalf before making his decision.  He APPROVES of Berks County CYS behavior, lies, scams, and allowing 2 little girls to be around violence. 





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I WAS Represented

AUTHOR: Stefanie - (United States)

POSTED: Tuesday, June 18, 2019

(Space is limited to type out my complaint, I couldn't post all of my info.)   Yes, I had a custody attorney from day 1. He got a motion granted giving me a hearing to be heard by both a custody and dependency judge at the same time. CYS went to the dependency judge and talked him out of hearing it. Once cancelled, NO judge wanted to hear my case but it was assigned to Rowley.

I finally had  a new hearing date and once again, CYS got it cancelled claiming they wanted me to have an evaluation. (I had NO problem getting the eval but they intentionally waited until right before my hearing to request it, knowing my hearing would again be cancelled) CYS also gave the MD false info for my eval which we were prepared to dispute as well. 

We had reports from CYS containing false info/lies/false accusations to dispute, email from CYS where they admitted they wanted us gone (without EVER having me us) and other info to present. NEVER got the chance.  At my hearing in May, Judge Rowley said I'm entitled to a trial but his mind won't change.  His office was informed I still wanted to go ahead with my trial. To date, they refuse to schedule it even though I'm entitled to it.

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And Where Was Your Lawyer??

AUTHOR: Jim - (United States)

POSTED: Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Nowhere in this and your associated complaint against the CYS do you indicate that your lawyer did anything to speak on your behalf.  In fact, you don't indicate anywhere that you even used a lawyer to represent your interests anywhere in your narrative. 

If you walked into family court situation requesting either visitation or custody without a lawyer, then it is no wonder this happened to you.  Family courts don't generally like pro se claimants for the simple reason that they (a) don't know the law, and/or (b) procedures in family court.

Family courts will rely heavily on the county for their recommendation because the county will file information with the court prior to the case.  If you had an attorney, the attorney would also file a brief to the court prior to the case arguing your position and the attorney would have seen the brief filed by the CYS.  That would then allow your lawyer to refute the CYS. 

In your case, the only paperwork the judge has is from the county, so he has only the county to listen to.  You don't get to testify, you don't get to argue a case, and you don't get to present evidence unless it is through the brief process.  So when the judge said he isn't going to change his mind - why should he?  He has no reason to listen to you.  That's where a lawyer comes in.

You must have known that this report CYS was going to submit was not going to be favorable to you, but you walked in without representation.  I mean if you seriously thought you could waltz in and talk your way into either custody or visitation without a lawyer, then that's your own fault.  Next time, find a lawyer if custody or even visitation is that important to you.

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