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Magistrate Judge

One magisterial district judge is elected in each magisterial district of the county. They have jurisdiction in minor criminal and civil cases. Magisterial district judges administer criminal bookings and small claims such as traffic tickets.


  • 21 years of age

  • Resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

  • Resident of his/her magisterial district for a one-year period prior to election

  • Certified by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts as successfully completing a rigorous training and education program administered by the Minor Judiciary Education Board


Attorney admitted to the Bar in Pennsylvania

Once elected, District Judges must complete an initial practicum course. Thereafter, every District Judge is required to attend and successfully complete thirty-two hours of continuing education each year.

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