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.
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
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.
are two Magisterial District Judges in Snyder County and two
in Union County. (Snyder and Union Counties comprise the 17th
Judicial District Drug & DUI Treatment Court
The court calendar is subject to change without notification.