Magisterial District Courts


To serve the public, dispense justice, resolve conflicts, collect fines and restitution, and to develop order within the community. 

How Judges Are Elected

Before justices and judges can be appointed or elected to their positions, they must meet certain basic requirements.

  • Citizenship
  • Residency
  • Member of the Bar of the PA Supreme Court

When Elections Occur

Judicial elections occur in odd-numbered years. Justices and judges serve 6 year terms and may serve an unlimited number of terms until they reach the mandatory retirement age of 75 and are retained or re-elected by the voters. 

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