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 Department Information

The 17th Judicial District is a two county Judicial District consisting of two judges and two senior judges: 

  • The Honorable Michael H. Sholley, President Judge
  • The Honorable Michael H. Hudock, Judge 
  • The Honorable Harold F. Woelfel, Jr., Senior Judge  
  • The Honorable Louise O. Knight, Senior Judge 

The Court of Common Pleas is a trial court of general jurisdiction handling all civil and criminal matters. A civil trial term is conducted during each calendar quarter. In addition, it handles child and spousal support matters, child custody matters, juvenile delinquency, juvenile dependency, and Orphan's Court matters.

 Magisterial District Courts Information

More than 90% of all litigation occurs in the Courtroom of The Magisterial District Judge. Magisterial District Judge Courts are the venue for small-claims lawsuits in Civil Cases and the filing and disposition of Minor Criminal Cases (summary cases) such as Traffic Violations, Disorderly Conduct, Public Drunkenness, Truancy, Game Law Violations, and Parking Tickets.

 

The Magisterial District Judge also conducts preliminary hearings for all serious criminal offenders to determine which cases should be held for trial. In conjunction with the preliminary hearing, the district justice also sets and accepts bail and does arraignment of defendants after arrest.  Search warrants may be issued by the District Justice.

Magisterial District Judges are Judges of the Minor Judiciary are paid by the State.  They are elected for 6-year terms. Magisterial District Judges appoint their staff members.  The salaries of staff and expenses of the office are paid by the county.

There are two Magisterial District Judges in Snyder County and two in Union County. (Snyder and Union Counties comprise the 17th Judicial District.) 

 

 Document Library

ADA Title II Policies 8-7-14.pdfADA Title II Policies 8-7-14292 KB
2014 SC Court Calendar.pdf2014 SC Court Calendar377 KB
Magisterial District Offices.pdfMagisterial District Offices284 KB
Snyder County Bar Members.docSnyder County Bar Members62 KB
Local Rules of the 17th Judicial District.pdfLocal Rules of the 17th Judicial District400 KB

 Contact Information

 

   

The Honorable

Michael H. Sholley, President Judge

Snyder County Courthouse

9 West Market Street
P.O. Box 217
Middleburg, PA 17842 
(570) 837-4238

(570) 837-4358 Fax

 

   

The Honorable

Harold F. Woelfel, Jr., Senior Judge

Union County Courthouse
103 South Second Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 524-8641
(570) 524-8644 Fax

  

 

  The Honorable

Louise O. Knight,

Senior Judge
Union County Courthouse
103 South Second Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 524-8641
(570) 524-8644 Fax
 

   

Kelly Heeter, Court Administrator
Snyder County Courthouse
9 West Market Street
P.O. Box 217
Middleburg, PA 17842
(570) 837-4344

 

   

For Union County scheduling matters contact:

 Sue A. Sees, Deputy Court Administrator 
Union County Courthouse
103 South Second Street

Lewisburg, PA  17837

(570) 524-8736 

   

 For Snyder County scheduling matters contact:

Debra A. Portzline, Administrative Assistant

Snyder County Courthouse

9 West Market Street

P.O. Box 217

Middleburg, PA  17842

(570) 837-4239

 

    

Mary F. Leshinskie, Attorney, Law Clerk
Union County Courthouse
103 South Second Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837

 

 

 Colleen V. Colonna,

Court Reporter
Snyder County Courthouse
9 West Market Street
P.O. Box 217
Middleburg, PA 17842
(570) 837-4237

 

Lynn A. Shellenberger,

Court Reporter

Union County Courthouse
103 South Second Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 524-8655