2018-10-11 / Local & State

Mellott Recertified As Judge

Magisterial District Judge Wendy S. Mellott was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work.

The weeklong instructional program is designed to ensure that magisterial district judges remain current in a variety of legal topics and management techniques required to fairly adjudicate cases and effectively supervise a district court office.

Continuing education course work is required by statute of each of the more than 500 Pennsylvania Magisterial District Judges, with approximately 50 magisterial district judges attending one of 13 such classes during each academic year.

Magisterial district judges represent the “grass roots” of Pennsylvania’s judicial system. In counties other than Philadelphia, magisterial district judges have jurisdiction over summary, criminal and motor vehicle cases; landlord/ tenant matters; and other civil actions where the amount claimed does not exceed $12,000. Judges may also accept guilty pleas in misdemeanor cases of the third degree under certain circumstances. They also have jurisdiction to issue arrest and search warrants and to hold arraignments and preliminary hearings in criminal cases.

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