Compassion. Integrity. Experience.
Ilan’s two decades of experience practicing in the criminal division of the Court of Common Pleas as a prosecutor has taught him that not all cases are as simple as right and wrong; he has learned to never prejudge a situation or a person. As a judge, he will listen to both sides with an open mind before rendering a verdict or imposing a sentence. He takes the presumption of innocence seriously, recognizing every case is different and will stand on its own. His everyday desire to help people underpins his devotion to public service and he will bring that innate drive with him to the bench.
“I admit when I am wrong and do not let my ego interfere with my judgement or treatment of people.”
Ilan believes strongly in second chances where appropriate. He recognizes that some people make terrible mistakes, are influenced by forces outside of their control, or are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Zur favors a comprehensive approach to sentencing – not merely considering the individual’s conduct and charges, but viewing them in the full context of their lives. He’s motivated to serve as a judge in the juvenile division where he will have the opportunity to impact youth and help steer them towards rehabilitative programs as much as possible.
“Saying you are open minded is easy, but actually being open minded takes perspective and a willingness to understand other people’s point of view.”
Being true to his word, Ilan has put this mantra into practice for two decades — that is how you know Zur is good for the Court of Common Pleas and good for the people of Allegheny County. His temperament, character, and experience make for a well rounded judge.