HARRISBURG –Magisterial District judges James B. Glass and Jerome M. Nevling were again certified for service as members of the state’s Unified Judicial System after successful completion of continuing legal education course work.

Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board and the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts, the education program for magisterial district judges is held at Harrisburg.

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 supervise a district court office.

Included in this year’s curriculum are updates on the state’s Motor Vehicle Code, landlord/tenant law, collection cases, primer on proofs, ethics, debt collection/collectors, LGBTQ, cultural humility, verbal judo, criminal law, MDJS, mental health, social media and information technology, court continuity operational plans, search warrants and evidence –expert testimony, practical issues at preliminary hearings, wellness and the legal profession and bail.

Continuing education course work is required by statute of each of the more than 500 state 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 level of the state’s court 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. Magisterial district judges may also accept guilty pleas in misdemeanor cases of the third degree under certain circumstances. Magisterial district judges 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 the 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 legal education program for district magisterial judges, Philadelphia Municipal Court Traffic Division hearing officers and Philadelphia Arraignment Court Magistrates as well as certifying courses for magisterial district judges, Philadelphia Municipal Court Traffic Division hearing officers, arraignment court magistrates and other initial jurisdiction court judges.

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