A Track Record of Fairness
Judge Padova’s philosophy is that the law must be applied equally no matter where you come from, what you look like, or what beliefs you hold.
A Fair & Respectful Jurist
Since his appointment to the Court of Common Pleas, Judge John Padova has proven himself as a fair jurist on the Court of Common Pleas. Across thousands of cases, Judge Padova has demonstrated his commitment to promoting diversionary programs for non-violent criminals with underlying issues such as drug addiction and mental health so that they can get the treatment they need and are not just relegated to prison. He’s supported re-entry programs for individuals to give them the ability to find jobs and housing opportunities. And he knows the need to reform the cash bail system – as Judge, he’s recognized that non-violent criminals with limited financial means are not held in jail simply because they do not have the ability to make cash bail.
"I am running for Court of Common Pleas Judge to make a difference in the life of all Philadelphians. I have spent thousands of hours in Philadelphia courtrooms and know it is essential for Judges to foster justice in our communities and have the willingness to find creative solutions that will benefit individuals and society alike."
-Judge John Padova
The Experience We Need
Judge Padova brings more than 30 years of trial experience to the bench. After graduating from Temple University Law School, he represented thousands of individuals, families, workers, and the underprivileged to defend their rights in the court of law. Throughout his career, he successfully represented those who suffered severe injuries from car crashes, construction injuries, medical errors, and job-related injuries, were denied insurance benefits, faced discrimination, and were wrongfully terminated from employment.
Ensure bias does not enter his courtroom and is recognized in the application of justice.
Promote Diversionary Programs
Assist non-violent criminals with underlying issues such as drug addiction and mental health, get the treatment they need and are not just relegated to prison.
Reform the Cash Bail System
Recognize that non-violent criminals with limited financial means are not held in jail simply because they do not have the ability to make cash bail.
Support Re-entry Programs for Ex-Offenders
Provide those with criminal records the ability to find jobs, housing and opportunity to make a productive life and support their families.
Protect Philadelphians from Gun Violence
Get violent criminals and guns off the street and make our city safer for everyone.
The Temperment to Serve
Judge Padova knows that judicial temperament is important. As a judge, he prioritizes ensuring that everyone who comes before him feels they have been treated fairly and with respect. Every person who passes through the court system deserves a fair and just experience — regardless of background, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, language or disability.