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.
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 update; Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code update; Overweight Vehicles Regulations and Enforcement update; Bail in domestic violence cases and Protection From Abuse; Driver record; Realigning a district court; Ethics; Elder Law; MDJS technical update; Help Desk Q & A; Legal advice vs. procedural information; Contempt, community service and fringe groups and legal representation; Search Warrants in the Clouds, SORNA, and Evidence update and the darker side of social networking and its effect on the criminal justice system.
Continuing education course work is required by statute of each of the more than 500 Pennsylvania magisterial district judges, with approximately 50 district judges attending one of 13 such classes at some time during each academic year.
Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, the educational program for magisterial district judges is held in Harrisburg, PA.