Frequently Asked Questions

ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Can you give me legal advice on what I should do?

No, Court employees are not permitted to give legal advice on any topic.  Please consult a private attorney or if you are unable to afford your own attorney the York County Bar Association at 717-854-8755 or in criminal matters, the York County Public Defender's Office at 717-771-9217.

How do I respond to a Citation I received?

You have 10 days after receiving a citation from an officer or summons from the Court to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.  Failure to respond will result in the issuance of a Arrest Warrant.  (Please see the reverse side of your citation.)

How do I respond to a Civil Complaint I received?

Carefully read and follow all the instructions sent to you from the Court.  Please respond in writing if you intend to defend.  If you wish to file a counter-claim, you must do so within the time frames permitted.  For legal questions, contact a private attorney or MidPenn Legal Services at 717-848-3605.

Do I need an Attorney?

It is not required that you be represented by an attorney.  However, if you are accused of a Misdemeanor or Felony OR if you feel it is in your best interest to be represented, you should obtain or at the very least consult an attorney

How do I request a continuance?

All continuance requests are subject to approval at the discretion of the Court.  Continuance requests must be in writing.  All continuances must be received at least two (2) business days prior to the Trial or Hearing.  (Witnesses, who are required to attend by subpoena, must make their request through the party for whom they are testifying. )

Will I get any points on my driver's license for the traffic citation I received?

For information on points assigned by PennDOT for traffic violations, see The Pennsylvania Point System.

 How do I present a case before the Magisterial District Judge?

If you are attending or participating in Court, proper attire is recommended and respectful conduct is expected.

When presenting a case in court, the Affiant (Criminal) or Plaintiff (Civil) always proceeds first.  This is done by means of testimony, presenting evidence and/or witnesses.  The Defendant always proceeds second and may present testimony, evidence and/or witnesses.  Witness testimony is subject to cross examination by the opposing party.  All parties are subject to the Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure.

It is the obligation of the Affiant or Plaintiff to prove their case (the burden in Criminal cases is beyond a reasonable doubt, and in Civil cases by a preponderance of evidence.)

 

Your success depends on doing your homework!  It is important to bring all relevant documentation and persons with knowledge to testify to prove your case.