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Judge King recertified for service after completion of course work


Last updated 4/27/2015 at 6:26pm

Magisterial District Judge Richard G. King 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 Pennsylvania Courts, the educational program for magisterial district judges is held in Harrisburg. The week-long instructional program is designed to ensure 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 the Vehicle Code, Civil Law Update, Landlord/Tenant Update, International Property Maintenance Codes (Universal BOCA Code) Active Shooter Awareness, Ethics, Mental Health Law Update, Constables and the Fee Bill, Mental Health Behavioral Clinical Assessments, Bail and PFA, Drugs and Electronic Wiretap, Criminal Law Update, Language Access in Pennsylvania Courts, Veterans Programming Update, AOPC Update, Drug Recognition Testimony, Truancy and SORNA Update, JDJS Updates, Stress Management and Ethics and Phishing, Vishing and other Viral Threats.

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 during each academic 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 $12,000.

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.


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