Magisterial District Courts

 Magisterial District Courts


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Magisterial District Courts are the first level of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System. They are presided over by Magisterial District Judges (MDJs), who are elected by the voters in each respective district. There are 19 magisterial districts in York County. 

Civil Jurisdiction

The Jurisdiction of Magisterial District Judges (MDJs) includes suits involving as much as $12,000 in civil matters, such as suits for breach of contract and actions of trespass, in which matters they have the authority to hear the cases and render judgments. Their decisions are, of course, subject to appeal to the Court of Common Pleas. They have additional civil jurisdiction over such matters as landlord and tenant cases.

Criminal Jurisdiction

Almost all criminal cases (felonies and misdemeanors) begin in the Magisterial District Courts, which issue search warrants, arrest warrants and summonses.

Magisterial District Judges (MDJs) set bail, make referrals to diversionary programs and preside over preliminary hearings. It is during preliminary hearings where MDJs decide if there is enough information to forward a case to the York County Court of Common Pleas for trial.

MDJs can accept guilty pleas and impose sentence for certain misdemeanors. They also preside over the following summary charges: minor violations under the crimes code, most traffic violations, violations of city, borough and township ordinances and violations of the fish, game and dog laws. MDJs in summary cases function as both judge and jury. They hear evidence, make a ruling and impose sentence if there is a conviction.

Rulings by MDJs are subject to appeal to the York County Court of Common Pleas. 

 

Magisterical District Courts

District Judge
19-1-01 Linda L. Williams
19-1-02 James H. Morgan
19-1-03 Dwayne A. Dubs
19-1-04 Ronald J. Haskell, Jr.
19-1-05 Joel N. Toluba
19-2-01 Barry L. Bloss, Jr.
19-2-02 Scott E. Laird
19-2-03 Keith L. Albright
19-2-04 Jeffrey L. Oberdorf
19-2-05 Jennifer J.P. Clancy
19-3-01 John H. Fishel
19-3-03 Laura S. Manifold
19-3-04 Lindy L. Sweeney
19-3-05 Jeffrey A. Sneeringer
19-3-06 Thomas J. Reilly
19-3-07 David C. Eshbach
19-3-09 Scott J. Gross
19-3-10 Richard T. Thomas
19-3-11 Robert A. Eckenrode

Common Pleas Judges

Nineteenth Judicial District

President Judge

Honorable Joseph C. Adams

Judges

Honorable Gregory M. Snyder

Honorable Michael E. Bortner

Honorable Maria Musti Cook

Honorable Harry M. Ness

Honorable Andrea Marceca Strong

Honorable Craig T. Trebilcock

Honorable Todd R. Platts

Honorable Michael W. Flannelly

Honorable N. Christopher Menges

Honorable Kathleen J. Prendergast

Honorable Clyde W. Vedder

Honorable Amber A. Kraft

Honorable Matthew D. Menges

Senior Judges

Honorable Richard K. Renn

Prohibited Items in Judicial Center

  • Cell phones
  • Pagers
  • Knives or any type of cutting instrument (scissors)
  • Pepper spray or mace
  • Cameras: however, cameras may be allowed for adoption hearings and certain ceremonial events.
  • Firearms, ammunition, or black powder
  • Any type of recording device
  • Radios and cd players
  • Electronic games
  • Tools of any kind
  • Stun guns
  • Handcuff keys
  • No food or drink (food and drink for infants are allowed).

Court Forms

Welcome to the forms section of the York County Court of Common Pleas. Here you will find access to popular forms provided by various Court and Court-related departments. If you are unable to find a particular form, please click on the department's name below or visit our department directory if the department you seek is not listed below.

Adult Probation

Clerk of Orphans' Court

Court Administration

    District Attorney

    Domestic Relations

    Protection from Abuse

      Prothonotary

      Public Defender

      Register of Wills

      Fee Standards

      Non-Complex cases:

      I. Fee Petitions------One fee petition should be filed with the Clerk of Courts and submitted at the conclusion of the case before the Trial Court. The fee petition shall be directed to the attention of the Judge who presided over the proceeding.

      Adult Criminal cases:

      • The Fee Petition and Billing shall set forth the caption and manner of disposition of the case ie. by way of trial(with number of days for trial) or other non trial dispositions (plea, Rule 314, nol pros, etc.)
      • An itemized billing reflecting the dates, time, and nature of the services should be attached to or made a part of the petition.
      • Court-appointed counsel are responsible for providing legal services on behalf of the defendant throughout the proceeding including post trial and post sentence motions. If the defendant has not challenged the effectiveness of the representation, Court-appointed counsel shall be responsible for pursuing the in forma pauperis petition on behalf of the defendant for purposes of appeal.
      • Court-appointed counsel representing a defendant on appeal shall seek leave of Court through a petition if an appeal to the United States Supreme Court is sought setting forth the reasons therefore.
      • Court-appointed counsel are not responsible for continued representation of the defendant for parole violation proceedings unless the conflict remains with the Public Defender's Office.
      • The Billings shall adhere to the standards hereinafter set forth.

      Juvenile Criminal Proceedings:

      • The Fee Petition and Billing shall set forth the caption and manner of disposition of the case ie. by way of informal disposition, consent decree, trial, or dismissal.
      • An itemized billing reflecting the dates, time, and nature of the services should be attached to or made a part of the petition.
      • Court-appointed Counsel are responsible for providing legal services on behalf of the Juvenile defendant through to the disposition hearing. Appeals, if taken, shall be with leave of Court.
      • Unless a conflict remains with the Public Defender's Office, Court-appointed counsel are not responsible for review or violation hearings on behalf of the Juvenile.
      • The Billings shall adhere to the standards hereinafter set forth.

      Dependency Proceedings:

      • The Fee Petition and Billing shall set forth the caption and manner of disposition of the case and include by way of billing the services rendered through the emergency placement and dependency determination. Note with leave by the Family Court Judge, a petition consolidating multiple cases and quarterly billings may be filed with the Court.
      • An itemized billing reflecting the dates, time, and nature of the services should be attached to or made a part of the petition.
      • Court-appointed Counsel are responsible for review proceedings and any appeals through the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Leave of Court shall be sought by Court-appointed counsel before initiating appeals to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
      • The Billings shall adhere to the standards hereinafter set forth.

      Older Adult Protective Services and Guardianship Proceedings

      • The Fee Petition and Billing shall set forth the manner of disposition of the case and include by way of billing the services rendered.
      • An itemized billing reflecting the dates, time, and nature of the services should be attached to or made a part of the petition.
      • Court-appointed Counsel shall be responsible for any review proceedings on behalf of the older or incapacitated adult.
      • Court-appointed Counsel shall not perform any services for persons other than their client nor perform services beyond the scope of the original appointment. In no event shall Court-appointed counsel perform such post adjudication services unless approval has been given by the Court upon petition and Order entered.
      • The Billings shall adhere to the standards hereinafter set forth.

      Paternity Cases:

      • The Fee Petition and Billing shall set forth the manner of disposition of the case and include by way of billing the services rendered.
      • An itemized billing reflecting the dates, time, and nature of the services should be attached to or made a part of the petition.
      • Court-appointed Counsel are responsible for providing legal services on behalf of the putative father through to the disposition hearing. Appeals, if taken, shall be with leave of Court.
      • The Billings shall adhere to the standards hereinafter set forth.

      Billings:

      No reimbursement for:

      • Mileage and travel time to the Court House
      • Secretary time
      • Paralegal time
      • Standard Postage
      • Normal Copying Costs

      Reimbursement for:

      • Time spent in office, in Court, and meetings with client, witnesses and experts.
      • Travel time, when no other recourse available to fulfill No. B. 1) above.
      • Long Distance phone charges
      • Printing and extraordinary copying costs for preparation of exhibits and appeals
      • Extraordinary postage

      Complex Cases:

      Definition: Homicide cases and those cases whose ultimate trial resolution will exceed a year and/or within which a substantial amount of attorney time will be expended.

       

      Fee Petition:

      • The Petition should set forth a brief statement asserting the grounds why the proceeding should be identified as a complex case.
      • The initial petition seeking designation of complex status should request permission to submit interim billings and other exceptions to the Billings standards enumerated in II. Billings above.
      • Interim fee petitions shall contain a recitation of past billings or copies thereof that have been previously submitted and note whether the past billings have been approved or disapproved.

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