About the Office
The Hearing Master, is an appointed employee of the Courts, and presides over dependency, delinquency, divorce and support cases.After each hearing held, a recommended order is prepared and submitted to the assigned judge for approval. These hearings are record hearings and are captured electronically by a court monitor/secretary using a PC-based digital recording system. Special masters are appointed by the court to hear support cases as well as visitation issues and actions in partition. The full-time hearing master and specially appointed masters must be attorneys, licensed in Pennsylvania. The present full-time Master assists in dissemination of information regarding changes in statutes and case law to court-related agencies, as well as being active in community matters which impact the juvenile court system.
The Master's Office hears all support, divorce and juvenile matters. The office is responsible for developing lines of co-operation between DNO, CYS, Probation, writing and researching orders and recommendations. They must be informed of various and numerous changes in statutes and case law as well as PA Code requirements in juvenile matters, be informed about available placements and types of placements for minors, and aware of all other legal matters that relate to family and support law.
Permanent Hearing Master
Joan F. Shullo, Esq.:
Joan Shullo graduated from Penn State University with a degree in political science and education, she received her JD from University of Arizona College of Law and is licensed to practice in California, Pennsylvania and federal court in California and Pennsylvania. She has been practicing law since 1973. Master in Bradford County since 1988. She has been a board member of ARCC, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Partners and St. Agnes School as well as involved in other local organizations. She began the Juvenile Court Court Appointed Special Child Advocate Program for dependents and continues to be involved therein.