District Judge Ricciardi recertified to serve


Magisterial District Judge Eugene 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 and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), the “school” for magisterial district judges is held in Chambersburg, PA.

The week-long 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 run a district court office. Included in this year's curriculum are updates on Civil and Criminal Law and the Motor Vehicle Code; and information pertaining to Interpreters in the Justice System, Search and Seizure, Court Security, Advanced Communication Technology, Public Access and Adolescent Issues.

Continuing education course work is required by statute of each of the more than 500 Pennsylvania magisterial district judges, with approximately 45 district judges attending one of 17 such classes at some time during each year.

Magisterial district judges represent the “grass roots” level of Pennsylvania's judicial system. In counties other than Philadelphia, 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 $8,000. Magisterial district 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.

Established by Constitution, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts provides support to the Supreme Court in exercising its supervisory duties over each of the other state courts. The Minor Judiciary Education Board was established by legislative act to administer the continuing education program for district judges, Philadelphia traffic court judges and Philadelphia bail commissioners, as well as certifying courses for magisterial district judges, bail commissioners and other minor court judges.


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