The Minor Judiciary Education Board is charged with the responsibility of providing legal education to Pennsylvania’s minor judiciary, which includes Magisterial District Judges, Senior Magisterial District Judges, Judges of the Philadelphia Traffic Court, Arraignment Court Magistrates, and prospective judges of the above positions.
This training is mandated under Title 42 of Pennsylvania Statutes and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Rules of Criminal Procedure.
The web page is designed to provide the public with current information regarding the activities of the Minor Judiciary Education Board, a schedule of upcoming certification classes, and information on obtaining registration materials for the scheduled certification training.
To facilitate the ability of Pennsylvania courts in providing justice for the people of the Commonwealth, the Minor Judiciary Education Board provides quality legal education and ethical training to prospective judicial officers and certifies those individuals who meet its high standards. In addition, the Minor Judiciary Education Board assures that incumbent judicial officers of the minor judiciary maintain proficiency through mandated continuing education.
Article V, §12 of the Pennsylvania Constitution requires that Magisterial District Judges and Judges of the Philadelphia Traffic Court either be members of the bar of the Supreme Court or, before taking office, complete a course and pass an examination in the duties of their respective offices. It is the responsibility of the Minor Judiciary Education Board (MJEB) to instruct and certify individuals wishing to become Magisterial District Judges, Philadelphia Traffic Court Judges or Arraignment Court Magistrates. The board approves the curriculum, appoints and evaluates instructors, establishes course content, reviews all tests, and issues certificates to successful program participants.
In addition, the board conducts continuing education training for Magisterial District Judges, Senior Magisterial District Judges, Philadelphia Traffic Court Judges, Senior Philadelphia Traffic Court Judges, Arraignment Court Magistrates and for those individuals who wish to maintain a current certification in one or more of these areas. It also conducts a one-week practicum, or orientation course, for newly elected or appointed Magisterial District Judges.
John T. Robinson, Esq., Chairperson
Honorable Richard G. King, Vice Chairperson and Secretary
Honorable Samuel J. Magaro
Honorable Fred B. Miller
Honorable James K. Reiley
Honorable Nathan N. Firestone
Barbara A. Zemlock, Esq.