District Judges



The Magisterial District Courts are the first tier of the Unified Judicial System of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. There are more than 550 courts operating in local jurisdictions to provide service to local constituents. Magisterial District Judges in these courts have authority to:

  • conduct non-jury trials in
  • summary traffic, non-traffic, ordinance cases
  • landlord tenant actions
  • civil cases $12,000.00 and under
  • conduct preliminary arraignments and set bail
  • preside over preliminary hearings
  • issue arrest warrants and search warrants
  • issue Emergency Protection From Abuse orders (Emergency PFA’s)
  • perform weddings


  • The minor courts, also called special courts or courts of limited jurisdiction, constitute the “grass roots” level of Pennsylvania’s court system. For many Pennsylvanians these are the first, and often the only, courts they will ever encounter.


    Magisterial District Court 25-3-01

    301 Frederick St. Suite 100
    Lock Haven, PA 17745
    (570) 893-4086
    (570) 893-4060 Fax


    Magisterial District Court 25-3-02

    385 Beech Creek Ave, P.O. Box 174
    Mill Hall, PA 17751
    (570) 726-4064
    (570) 726-7920 Fax


    Magisterial District Court 25-3-03

    112 Ninth Street
    Renovo, PA 17764
    (570) 923-9931
    (570) 923-1218 Fax