COMMON PLEAS Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, who has made headlines and stirred controversy with her rulings in criminal court, has been transferred to civil court.
Sarmina, who has been on the state bench since 1998, begins her new assignment Monday. She is on vacation and was not available for comment, her office said.
Sarmina, 61, requested the transfer, according to Common Pleas Administrative Judge John Herron.
She became one of the city's highest-profile judges when she presided over a number of headline-grabbing cases.