The Magisterial District Judges are part of a unified judicial system governed by the rules and regulations promulgated by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. President Judge Stephen G. Baratta exercises general supervision and administrative control over the Magisterial District Judges. Debra C. French, Deputy Court Administrator, oversees the operations of the District Courts. Magisterial District Judges have jurisdiction over minor criminal offenses, traffic offenses, landlord/tenant matters and other civil actions where the amount claimed does not exceed $12,000.00. In misdemeanor and felony cases, Magisterial District Judges have jurisdiction to issue arrest and search warrants, hold preliminary arraignments and preliminary hearings and set bail. They also have authority to perform marriages, handle protection from abuse matters and issue subpoenas. They also may impose summary punishments for criminal contempt. A Magisterial District Judge is available 24 hours a day to serve the public with all Magisterial District Judges serving night and weekend duty on a rotating basis.
The hours for the Magisterial District Court offices are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Monies are not accepted after 4:00 p.m. each day.
Electronic payments are accepted for Northampton County Criminal Court Cases (Magisterial District Court and Common Pleas Court cases) with outstanding costs/fees, please click the brochure link below for more information or the PAePay link to make a payment.