The Minor Judiciary Education Board has made the decision to move to an on-line platform for the November 9 – December 9, 2020 certifying course. Effective Monday November 9, 2020, participants who registered by the October 9 deadline will be taking courses virtually through our Blackboard course shell from November 9 through December 9, 2020. Classes will not be held November 11, 25, 26 & 27. The health concerns associated with COVID-19 are fluid and variable, and this decision is consistent with the decisions being made by many Colleges and Universities in the State of Pennsylvania. Transitioning our courses to the online environment is an effective way to create ‘social distancing’, while maintaining the integrity of the educational experience. As more details are finalized, information will be provided to registered students.
The next course of instruction for prospective Magisterial District Judges, and prospective Philadelphia Arraignment Court Magistrates will be will be posted in 2021. The course consists of approximately four weeks of instruction, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day, and a final examination. Prospective Philadelphia Arraignment Court Magistrates will attend various days throughout the four week period. The course is open to any interested person and those prospective Magisterial District Judges and Philadelphia Arraignment Court Magistrates required to attend by the Judicial Code and the Pennsylvania Constitution as cited below:
Magisterial District Judges and Arraignment Court Magistrates who are not members of the bar of this Commonwealth shall complete a course of training and instruction in the duties of their respective offices and pass an examination prior to assuming office." Judicial Code (42 Pa C.S.A. §3112, as mandated by 42 Pa C.S.A. §1127)
Justices of the peace shall be members of the bar of the Supreme Court or shall complete a course of training and instruction in the duties of their respective offices and pass an examination prior to assuming office. Such courses and examinations shall be as provided by law." Constitution of Pennsylvania (Article V, §12b)
Individuals who are not members of the Pennsylvania Bar seeking to hold the office of Magisterial District Judge or Philadelphia Arraignment Court Magistrate must be certified prior to assuming office.
Registration information for the next certification training will be posted in 2021.
If you know of anyone interested in attending the course or should you require any additional information, please contact our office at 717-231-9515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on the Board's Nonstandard Testing Accommodations, consult the Board's Administrative Office. Forms can be obtained by calling 717-231-9515 or email email@example.com. You may also review the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) http://www.ada.gov/ for more information on federally approved accommodations procedures.
Requests for nonstandard testing accommodations (NTA) must be made no later than one month prior to the examination. This policy also applies to recertification students.