Greene County has three District Judges, covering western, central and eastern Greene County. District Judges have jurisdiction over the following items: summary cases; landlord/tenant cases; civil cases up to $8,000; vehicle code violations; and criminal code violations. They preside over arraignments and preliminary hearings; set and accept bail; issue search and arrest warrants; and preside over dog, fish and game violations.
In Greene County, the District Judges hear cases for crimes that occur in their districts. A guilty person can receive fines in district court of up to $1,000 along with court costs; the District Judges can also send people to jail. Most of the charges brought to the district court have sentences of up to 90 days. The maximum sentence to be issued is six months for certain violations.
Repeat offenders receive harsher punishment each time they come back to district court. The District Judges decide whether the defendant is guilty or innocent in all cases except criminal cases. In criminal cases, the District Judges hold preliminary hearings to arraign defendants and set bail. Also in the preliminary hearing, the prosecution must show that there is enough evidence for a trial in a higher court.
The Magisterial District Judge in District 13-3-03 handles civil and criminal matters arising in Carmichaels Borough, Cumberland Township, Dunkard Township, Greene Township, Greensboro Borough, Monongahela Township and Rices Landing Borough.
Doris Peterson, Magisterial Assistant
Kelleen Vannicola, Magisterial Assistant
Randi Chambers, Magisterial Secretary (Regular FT Floater between the three district judges)
For general information, please contact the Information Services at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399. County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370