Score one for the little guy (that’s you): Judge Leon Tucker has recently decreed that you are, indeed, allowed to cross-examine your nemesis PPA agent in court.
The change comes after local hero and Fairmount resident Jim Pavlock unsuccessfully contested a few tickets at the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication (BAA) and then decided to take the matter to court. City Paper reports that when Pavlock asked to cross-examine the officer who ticketed him, he was informed that that pretty much never happens.
Pavlock argued that this practice kind of flies in the face of Pennsylvania’s Administrative Agency Law- which, it turns out, is a real thing- and Judge Tucker agreed.
While the presence of PPA agents will be decided on a case by case basis by the BAA Hearing Examiner, all PPA agents must now provide further detail as to where you car was parked when it was ticketed, because merely jotting the down the block, as Pavlock argued, doesn’t really leave enough room for your totally founded counter argument and Instagram documentation.
So, thank you, Mr. Pavlock; the entire driving population of Philadelphia now owes you a beer.
Source: City Paper | Photo: Dragon Ball Yee