13th Judicial District of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
... Eastern, Central & Western Magisterial Districts of Greene County Court of Common Pleas
In Greene County, there are three magisterial districts strategically located through the County. Each district is served by an elected Magisterial District Judge who serves a six-year term. The Magisterial District Judges are regulated by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and are directly responsible to President Judge Farley Toothman.
Magisterial District Courts have jurisdiction over certain types of civil and criminal cases. Criminal cases heard by Magisterial District Courts include most summary offenses, most preliminary hearings, certain DUI cases, certain third-degree misdemeanors and some ordinance violations.
Judges in Greene County Magisterial District Courts are referred to as "Magisterial District Judges,". The minor courts, the people's courts, are the first level of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System and presided over by magisterial district court judges. Click here to learn more about the structure of the Pennsylvania court system.
In Greene County, there are three magisterial districts . . . representating the eastern, central, and western sections of the County. Each of these districts is served by an elected Magisterial District Judge who serves a six-year term. These Magisterial District Judges are regulated by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and are directly responsible to the President Judge William R. Nalitz. Our Magisterial District Judges are an integral part of the criminal justice system of both Greene County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Magisterial District Courts have jurisdiction over certain types of civil and criminal cases.
Criminal cases heard by Magisterial District Courts include most summary offenses, most preliminary hearings, certain DUI cases, certain third-degree misdemeanors and some ordinance violations.
Civil cases heard by Magisterial District Courts include certain landlord/tenant cases and some general civil claims subject to financial limits. Magisterial District Courts do not have jurisdiction over civil cases brought by or against the State.
The Magisterial 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.
Our Magisterial District Judges can also perform a marriage ceremony.
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Click HERE to make a payment online (securely pay fines, costs, and restitution) if a warrant has been issued the balance may be greater than is reflected online. If in doubt, please contact the appropriate magisterial district judge by telephone to confirm the balance due.
Magisterial District Review Mar. 1, 2012 | The Thirteenth Judicial District, Greene County, has completed its review and hereby offers it for public inspection and comment. Comments on plan are due by Mar. 28 ... click HERE for details on plan >>>
For general information, please contact the Information Services at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399 Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370