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Magisterial District Courts FAQ
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What are the hours of the Magisterial District Courts?
The district courts are open from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Money is not accepted after 4:00 p.m.
Which holidays are the Magisterial District Courts closed?
New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
How are the fees calculated for district court matters?
Contact the district court in which your court matter is pending to determine the fees owed.
How many Magisterial District Courts are in Northampton County?
15
Where are the Magisterial District Courts located?
How do I know which Magisterial District Court to use?
Which summary charges are eligible for the Summary ARD program?
Public drunkenness, harassment, disorderly conduct, retail theft, purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of intoxicating beverages by one less than 21 years of age, misrepresentation of age to secure liquor or malt or brewed beverages by one less than 21 years of age, carrying a false identification card, use of tobacco in schools prohibited; disorderly conduct, harassment and criminal mischief for juvenile defendants.
Where do I file a Civil Case?
If you decide to file a civil case (less than $12,000) in a Magisterial District Court, you must decide which Magisterial District Judge has the authority to handle the case. There are rules which govern where a civil case may be filed. Generally, the case must be filed in the magisterial district where the cause of action arose or where a transaction or occurrence took place which gave rise to the cause of action. In addition, if the defendant is an individual, the case may also be filed in the magisterial district where the defendant can be served the civil papers. You will need his home address. If the defendant is a corporation, an unincorporated association or a partnership, the case may also be filed in the magisterial district where the defendant regularly conducts business. If you are still unsure where to file, the Magisterial District Judge closest to you can advise you on where to file.
How many cases do the Magisterial District Courts handle per year?
In 2011, a total of 65,636 cases were handled by the Magisterial District Courts. The breakdown is: 45,467 traffic cases, 7344 summary cases, 7147 civil cases and 5678 criminal cases.

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