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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

 

District Justice: Edward M. Lewis

District Justice Office Supervisor I: Kathleen Reihman

District Justice Secretary II: Carla Bartlet

District Justice Secretary I: Wendy Smelas

District Justice 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

 

District Justice: William Kissner

District Justice Office Supervisor I: Gail Berger

District Justice Secretary II: Dawn Kneas

District Justice Secretary I: Jamie Graver


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

 

District Justice: Casimir Kosciolek

District Justice Supervisor I: Dawn Orsulak

District Justice Secretary I: Donna Peck

Secretary I Floater: Lynn Donnelly


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

 

District Justice: Joseph Homanko

District Justice Office Supervisor I: Karen Rayno

District Justice Secretary II: Kim Butala

District Justice Secretary I: Lenora Gera

District Justice Secretary I: Vacant


 

 

Jurisdiction of Magisterial District Justices

 

District Justices 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.