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.
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.
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.
* All phone numbers are within the (717) area code unless otherwise noted
|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 through Friday|
|1215 Roosevelt Ave. York, PA 17404||771-4793||8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.|
|771-4791 (Fax)||12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.|
|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|
|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.|
|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|
|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||
|Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon|
|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||
|Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon|
|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|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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 12:00 noon|
|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|