GOVERNMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA:
Like the United States, Pennsylvania’s government is defined by a constitution. And, like the United States, Pennsylvania’s government is comprised of three equal and independent branches. The legislative branch makes commonwealth laws, a responsibility carried out by the General Assembly. The executive branch administers commonwealth laws and is overseen by the Governor. And the judicial branch preserves the rule of law and guarantees citizens’ rights by resolving disputes through the courts.
There are also many forms and levels of local governance in Pennsylvania. The list below provides links to several organizations dedicated to local governance issues:
COURT OF COMMON PLEAS FOR GREENE COUNTY:
Court of Common Pleas is administered by Greene County. Each county has one or more judge(s) who is/are elected to sit on the bench and hear criminal and civil court cases. Counties support the courts with corrections and criminal justice programs such as the county prison, juvenile detention center, probation, and/or criminal investigation units. The Judges of the Civil Division are responsible for handling all civil matters, as well as family and orphans' court matters. Each judge is responsible for his or her inventory of cases from the filing of the complaint through disposition of the case.
The President Judge acts as the executive administrative head of the court. The President Judge is responsible for supervising the judicial business of the court, promulgating all administrative rules and regulations, making all judicial assignments, and assigning and re-assigning among the personnel of the court available chambers and other physical facilities.
The term for a Court of Common Pleas judge is 10 years, and Pennsylvania law states that judges must retire at the end of the year in which they turn 70 years old.
MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT REVIEW (March 2012):
The Thirteenth Judicial District, Greene County, has completed its review and hereby offers it for public inspection and comment. The plan calls for the retention of all three existing magisterial districts. It also calls for the shifting of the townships of Perry, Whiteley, and Washington from Magisterial District 13-3-02 to Magisterial District 13-3-01. Following are the documents pertaining to the review:
Part 1 - News Release (Mar. 1, 2012) Plan for establishing boundaries of the Magisterial Districts in the County. Click here to view/print news release.
Part 2 - Judicial District Summary Worksheet click here to open form and print.
Worksheet 1 - Magisterial District Reestablishment Worksheet click here to open.
Worksheet 2 - Magisterial District Reestablishment Worksheet click here to open.
Worksheet 3 - Magisterial District Reestablishment Worksheet click here to open.