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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

771-4787

771-4786
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
771-4792
771-4793
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
632-4565
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