Registration for the spring 2022 certification course is closed. Information for the next certification course will be posted to this site when available. The next course is anticipated for mid-November through mid-December, 2022. Please check back in August. 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.
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.
Updated as of April 2022.