Magisterial District Judge Gene Ricciardi was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work.
Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board (MJEB) and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), the educational program for magisterial district judges is held in Harrisburg.
The week-long instructional program is designed to ensure 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. Included in this year's curriculum are updates on civil law, landlord/tenant law, criminal law; Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code; Pennsylvania Game Code; Pennsylvania Dog Law; oversized vehicles and permitting; HUD and BOCA; Act 46 Sales Tax collection and compliance; litigation strategies; ethics; insurance fraud; truancy and updates on evidentiary law and search warrants; as well as updates pertaining to the MDJS Rewrite; state and procedure audits and reports, and a session on procedural fairness in courts.
Continuing education course work is required by statute of each of the more than 500 Pennsylvania magisterial district judges, with approximately 50 judges attending one of 13 such classes at some time during each academic year.