Minor Judiciary Education Board
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, Arraignment Court Magistrates, and prospective judges of the above positions.
This training is mandated under Title 42 of Pennsylvania Statutes and the Rules of Judicial Administration.
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.
“The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) in response to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken steps to close Court facilities to the public in an effort to protect public safety and general welfare for all citizens of Pennsylvania. As part of the AOPC efforts, the Minor Judiciary Education Board (MJEB) has taken the proactive measure of cancelling in-person continuing education classes for the remainder of the 2019-2020 scholastic year, which currently ends in mid-May. Magisterial District Judges scheduled for continuing education classes in March, April or May 2020 are excused from in-person attendance and should expect to receive communications related to receiving their continuing education through alternative means. Any questions regarding this decision or future plans should be directed to the MJEB staff in an electronic mail (email) message.
No decisions have yet been made regarding the Certification Training for potential judges which is currently scheduled for June of 2020. The board intends to address concerns regarding this training in the next few weeks. Any changes to Certification Training will be posted to this website and will be communicated directly to any individual who registers for the certification training. While we cannot provide a deadline for rendering this decision, MJEB anticipates making this decision with sufficient opportunity for potential attendees to make their necessary arrangements.
Finally, out of concern for our judges, faculty, staff and the general public, the MJEB will continually examine the constantly evolving situation and will update our website as necessary.”
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 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 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, 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.
Honorable Denise Snyder Thiel, Chairperson & Treasurer
Honorable Karen Eisner Zucker, Vice-Chairperson & Secretary
Honorable Richard G. King
Gary S. Scheimer
Honorable Douglas McCall Bell
Honorable Carolyn S. Bengel
Nicholas J. Wachinski, Esq.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the next certification training scheduled?
Where is the certification training held?
Is there a cost for the certification training?
Am I required to stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott during the entire four weeks of the certification training?
Do prospective magisterial district judges or arraignment court magistrates receive any notification when their certification lapses?
If my certification lapses, will I be notified of the certification review course?
Do prospective magisterial district judges or arraignment court magistrates with current certification status receive notification for continuing education?