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Magisterial District Courts   

District Court #56-3-01                            

340 Center Avenue                    

P.O. Box 356

Jim Thorpe, PA 18229-0356


Jim Thorpe Borough, Lehighton Borough

Weissport Borough, Mahoning Township (Voting District Packerton

Jamestown), Penn Forest Township


Phone:   (570) 325-2751

Fax:       (570) 325-5538


Magisterial District Judge: Edward M. Lewis

DJ Office Supervisor I: Kathleen Reihman

DJ Secretary II: Carla Bartlet

DJ Secretary I: Wendy Smelas

DJ Secretary I:  Kym Houser

District Court #56-3-02

401 Delaware Avenue

2nd Floor

Palmerton, PA 18071


Bowmanstown Borough, Palmerton Borough , ParryvilleBorough,

Franklin Township, Lower Towamensing Township, Towamensing Township



Phone:  (610) 826-3707

Fax:      (610)  826-6914


Magisterial District Judge: William Kissner

DJ Office Supervisor I: Gail Berger

DJ Secretary II: Jamie Graver

DJ Secretary I: Michelle Huszar

District Court #56-3-03

417 East Ridge Street

P.O. Box 203

Lansford, PA 18232


Lansford Borough, Nesquehoning Borough,

Summit Hill Borough, East Penn Township, Mahoning

Township (Voting Districts Mahoning and New Mahoning)


Phone:    (570) 645-3024

Fax:        (570) 645-5544


Magisterial District Judge: Casimir Kosciolek

DJ Supervisor I: Dawn Orsulak

DJ Secretary I: Donna Peck

DJ SecretaryI: Joanne Recla

District Court #56-3-04                            

200 Carbon Street 

P.O. Box 17

Weatherly, PA 18255-0017


Beaver Meadows Borough, East Side Borough,

Weatherly Borough, Banks Township, Kidder Township,

Lausanne Township, Lehigh Township, Packer Township


Phone:   (570) 427-4100

Fax:       (570) 427-8730


Magisterial District Judge: Joseph Homanko

DJ Office Supervisor I: Karen Rayno

DJ Secretary II: Kim Butala

DJ Secretary I: Lenora Gera

DJ Secretary I: Lynn Donnelly



Jurisdiction of Magisterial District Courts


Magisterial District Judges are authorized to hear the following types of cases:

Civil Cases:

1.         Claims for money up to $12,000 (not including interest and court costs).  Note that a magisterial district judge does not have jurisdiction to hear any claim in which legal ownership of real estate is at issue.


2.         Claims under the Landlord and Tenant Act.


Criminal Cases:


1.         Summary offenses, including motor vehicle violations.


2.         DUI cases if : (a) it is a first offense, (b) there are no personal injuries, and (c) the defendant pleads guilty.


3.         Third degree misdemeanors if the defendant pleads guilty.


Magisterial District judges also preside over preliminary arraignments, set bail, and issue arrest and search warrants. They also issue Emergency Protection from Abuse Orders on nights, weekends and holidays when the Court of Common Pleas is closed.