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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Magisterial District Judge?
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What is a Magisterial
District Judge?
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Formerly known as Justices of the Peace, Magisterial District Judges (MDJs) are representatives of the community who preside over minor courts. They are elected to six-year terms, and there are 18 District Courts located throughout Bucks County.

What Does a Magisterial District Judges Do?
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What Does a Magisterial
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Matters typically heard at this level are traffic violations, landlord-tenant disputes, civil cases under $12,000 (small claims court), and summary offenses. Examples of summary offenses include disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, underage drinking, and harassment.

Do Magisterial District Judges
handle criminal matters?
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Do Magisterial District Judges
handle criminal matters?
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Criminal matters involve setting bail, issuing warrants, and conducting preliminary hearings to determine whether enough evidence is available to hold the case for proceedings at higher court. MDJs issue Emergency Protections From Abuse (PFAs) and provide county-wide, 24/7 coverage on a rotating schedule.

What other responsibilities do
Magisterial District Judges hold?
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What other responsibilities
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Judges hold?
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In addition to the above, MDJs officiate weddings, and swear in officers and local elected officials. They also conduct hearings on truancy and municipal ordinance violations.

What is a “District Court”?
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What is a “District Court”?
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The District Court, also known as “the people’s court”, is the first level of the judiciary and was designed to be uncomplicated. It is a court of limited jurisdiction; there is no jury, and proceedings are less formal than in higher courts. Individuals often appear without counsel, however, they always have the option to be represented by an attorney.

District Court #07-2-08 by the Numbers

District Judge Regina Armitage
Court Casefilings from 2018-2020
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