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Magisterial District 59-3-02 Elk County

Magisterial District Court 59-3-02
Elk County: Boroughs of Johnsonburg and Ridgway and the Townships of Highland, Horton, Jones, Millstone, Ridgway, and Spring Creek

District Judge James L. Martin
409-G Center Street
Johnsonburg, PA 15845
(814) 965-2663
(814) 965-3355 (fax)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

District judges are elected officials who serve six-year terms.  In addition to being accessible to the public on one-on-one basis, district judges perform notary assignments, marriages, and administer oaths. 

District judges are required to attend classes on the judicial system and pass a written examination prior to being seated on the bench. They must also attend continuing education programs each year. District courts accept civil and criminal complaints, which are filed by law enforcement officers or private citizens.

Their duties include processing all criminal complaints filed before their court, such as homicides, felonies, and misdemeanors. Complaints of this nature require preliminary hearings to establish a prima facie case.

They must process all summary offenses, including private complaints and non-traffic citations. The district judge has full jurisdiction at a summary trial. Additionally, they set bond and accept bail for the release of individuals charged with a crime or violation of a summary offense.