Magisterial District Courts

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 for certain minor misdemeanors can accept guilty pleas and impose sentence. 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, making a ruling and impose sentence.

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

Please click here to access a map showing the municipalities within the jurisdiction of each magisterial district judge.

Click here to check magisterial district court records. 

 * All phone numbers are within the (717) area code unless otherwise noted

District Information Phone Hours
19-1-01 Linda L. Williams (717) 771-4787 Monday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  1285 East Princess Street, York, PA 17403 (717) 771-4786 Tuesday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    (717) 771-4785 (Fax) Friday 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m
19-1-02 James H. Morgan (717) 771-4792 Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  1215 Roosevelt Ave. York, PA 17404 (717) 771-4793 Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    (717) 771-4791 (Fax)  
19-1-03 Dwayne A. Dubs (717) 632-4565 Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  203 Dart Drive Hanover, PA 17331   Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
    (717) 632-0373 (Fax)  
19-1-04 Ronald J. Haskell, Jr. (717) 771-4799 Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  232 South George Street York, PA 17401 (717) 771-4798 Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    (717) 771-4797 (Fax)  
19-1-05 Joel N. Toluba (717) 771-4796 Monday through Thrusday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  745 West Mason Avenue York, PA 17401 (717) 771-4795  Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
    (717) 771-9538 (Fax)  
19-2-01 Barry L. Bloss, Jr. (717) 840-7233 Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  118 Pleasant Acres Road York, PA 17402 (717) 840-7234 Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  Website: http://districtcourt19201.webs.com (717) 840-7200 (Fax)  
19-2-02 Scott E. Laird (717) 747-5100 Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  2756 A South Queen St. Dallastown, PA 17313 (717) 747-5101
(717) 747-5102
 Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
    (717) 747-5103 (Fax)  
19-2-03 Keith L. Albright (717) 793-5200 Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  390 East Berlin Road York, PA 17408 (717) 793-5201
(717) 793-5202
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
    (717) 793-5225 (Fax)  
19-2-04 Jeffrey L. Oberdorf (717) 767-5700 Mon. through Thurs. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  3202 Farmtrail Road York, PA 17406 (717) 767-5701 Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
    (717) 767-5702 (Fax)  
19-2-05 Jennifer J.P. Clancy (717) 845-5508 Mon., Wed., Thurs. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  1410 Sixth Avenue York, PA 17403 (717) 845-5512 Tuesday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    (717) 854-5537 (Fax) Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
19-3-01 John H. Fishel (717) 244-4002 Monday through Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  2997 Cape Horn Road Red Lion, PA 17356 (717) 244-4003  Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  Website: http://www.districtcourt19301.org (717) 246-1533 (Fax)  Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
19-3-03 Laura S. Manifold (717) 993-6721 Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  72 N. Main Street, Suite 2 Stewartstown, PA 17363 (717) 993-6466 Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    (717) 993-9648 (Fax)  
19-3-04 Senior Judge (717) 227-0688 Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  165 Fairview Court New Freedom, PA 17349 (717) 227-0942 Friday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 

 

 

(717) 235-3582 (Fax)  
19-3-05 James S. Miner (717) 632-0618 Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  20 Wayne Avenue, Suite 2, Hanover, PA 17331    Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
    (717) 632-1418 (Fax)  
19-3-06 Thomas J. Reilly (717) 225-3301 Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  4824 Walters Hatchery Road Spring Grove, PA 17362 (717) 225-3306 Thursday 8:00 a.m. to noon
    (717) 225-3307 (Fax)  
19-3-07 David C. Eshbach (717) 767-5708 Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  2990 Grenway Road Dover, PA 17315 (717) 767-5718 Friday 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon  
    (717) 767-5720 (Fax)  
19-3-09 Scott J. Gross (717) 938-2523 Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  700 Yorktown Road Lewisberry, PA 17339 (717) 938-3273 Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
    (717) 938-4092 (Fax)  
19-3-10 Richard T. Thomas (717) 432-3618 Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  126 West Harrisburg St. Suite 200 P. O. Box 415 Dillsburg, PA 17019 (717) 432-8432 Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    (717) 432-7695 (Fax)  
19-3-11 Robert A. Eckenrode (717) 266-6891 Mon. through Thurs. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  202 Rosedale Dr. Manchester, PA 17345  (717) 266-6892  Friday 8:00 a.m. to noon
   Website: http://districtcourt19311.webs.com (717) 266-6895 (Fax)  

 

 

 

District Information Phone Hours
19-1-01 Linda L. Williams
1285 East Princess Street, York, PA 17403

(717) 771-4787

(717) 771-4786
(717) 771-4785 (Fax)

Monday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

19-1-02 James H. Morgan
1215 Roosevelt Ave. York, PA 17404
(717) 771-4792
(717) 771-4793
(717) 771-4791 (Fax)
Monday - Thrusday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
19-1-03 Dwayne A. Dubs
203 Dart Drive Hanover, PA 17331
(717) 632-4565
(717) 632-0373 (Fax)
Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon