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NOTICE is hereby given that President Judge Linda A. Cartisano has petitioned the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for authorization to locate Magisterial District Court 32-2-37 (Darby Borough, Ward 3-1; Sharon Hill and Colwyn) outside the magisterial district's boundaries and to share facilities with Magisterial District Court 32-1-23.

To review the petition, please see the link below.

The petition is also available for in-person examination and review Monday through Fridays (except holidays) between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm at the following location:

The Administrative Office for Magisterial District Judges
100 W. Front Street
Media, PA 19063

Public comment on this petition is invited and may be submitted, in writing, and received no later than Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 4:30 pm, addressed as follows:

Administrative Office for Magisterial District Judges
c/o Christopher Di Rosato, 1st Asst. Adm.
100 W. Front Street
Media, PA 19063
RE: MDC 32-2-37 Location

PETITION: In Re: The 32nd Judicial District (Delaware County) - Request to Co-locate Magisterial District Courts 32-1-23 and 32-2-37 pursuant to Rule 101 of the Rules and Standards with Respect to Offices of Magisterial District Judges

The Magisterial District Court is the first level of judicial authority in Pennsylvania and is the court where most people experience the judicial system for the first time. There are thirty Magisterial District Courts located in offices throughout Delaware County. An elected Magisterial District Judge presides over each of the individual Magisterial District Courts. They are elected to serve in their districts for six-year terms.

Magisterial District Judges handle all traffic cases, other minor criminal cases and civil cases involving amounts up to $12,000. District Judges also set bail and conduct preliminary hearings 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.

Magisterial District Judges, as officers of the Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System, may administer oaths and affirmations and take acknowledgements. They also have authority to perform marriages. It is up to the individual judge's decision whether he or she wishes to perform marriage ceremonies. As there is no legally prescribed form for a wedding ceremony, religious services and vows conform to the secular content in which they are used.

The Magisterial District Courts utilize the ePay system for the payment of fines and costs at all of the Magisterial District Courts. This allows an individual to pay fines, costs, restitution, collateral etc. online from any internet connected computer or from the lobby of the Magisterial District Court. For more information, see the ePay Online Case Payment brochure. For payments online please go to: and click on ePay under the eCommerce menu.

The Administrative Office for Magisterial District Judges is responsible for implementing the Orders of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the Orders of the President Judge. The Administrative Office is also responsible for supervising the operations of the Magisterial District Courts and their staffs.

The Administrative Office coordinates the continuing education of Magisterial District Judges with the Pennsylvania Minor Judiciary Education Board and develops and implements educational programs for all district court employees. Regional Assistant Administrators provide hands-on guidance and supervision to the District Courts. Cases entering the system are monitored to ensure that they are processed in accordance with mandated office clerical procedures.

The Administrative Office Accounting Department oversees the bank accounts of all the Magisterial District Courts. Daily receipts, credit card transactions, cash deposits and other financial records are examined and are verified for accuracy. Statistical data is analyzed to ensure that each district court is adequately staffed.

Magisterial District Courts and the Administrative Office are open 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. A list of Magisterial District Courts by municipality can found at link above.


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