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What is a Magisterial District Judge?

A magisterial district judge ("MDJ") is the first level of judicial authority in Pennsylvania and is the court where most people experience the judicial system for the first time.

MDJs handle all traffic cases, minor criminal cases and civil cases involving amounts up to $12,000.

MDJs set bail and conduct preliminary hearing in misdemeanor and felony criminal cases to determine if the cases should be dismissed or transferred to the Court of Common Pleas for further proceedings. 

There are seven MDJs located throughout Franklin County. MDJs are elected to six-year terms and are employees of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 


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