District Court 19-2-01
Magisterial District Judge
Barry L. Bloss, Jr.

Serving
Springettsbury Township

  Serving Springettsbury Township 

District Court 19-2-01

Phone: (717) 840-7233

Fax:     (717) 840-7200

Email: [email protected]


Hours of Operation

Mon-Thur: 7:30am-4:00pm

Fri: 8:00am-Noon

Sat: Closed

Sun: Closed


Address

118 Pleasant Acres Road

York, PA 17402

Welcome to District Court 19-2-01

Magisterial District Judges are given jurisdiction to hear civil cases up to $12,000 (excluding interest and costs). The Magisterial District Judge has jurisdiction in cases of assumpsit (contract law), trespass (tort), landlord/tenant act, and fines and costs arising from violations of statue or local laws (Clean Indoor Air Act, etc). Civil cases must be proved by a preponderance of the evidence or a 51% to 49% "tipping of the scales".  Magisterial District Judges cannot hear title to land issues.


Magisterial District Judges also hear summary cases. Summary cases consist of traffic citations, non-traffic citations for “minor” criminal offenses and violations of statues and local ordinances. Summary citations are designed to recognize the relatively minor nature of the offense and for the quick disposition of the case before the court. Citations are either issued to you or filed and mailed. You have 10 days to respond by following the instructions on the citation. 


The Magisterial District Judges also have criminal jurisdiction over felonies and misdemeanors and violations of the Fish, Game and Dog laws. The Magisterial District Judges determines, in criminal cases, if probable cause exists for the issuance of search warrants and arrest warrants. The Judge will also conduct preliminary arraignments (the first step in the court process after arrest where a defendant receives charges, bail is determined and a date is set for a preliminary hearing) and hold preliminary hearings. Preliminary hearings are the court proceedings when the Judge determines whether a prima facie case (a crime has been committed and the defendant most likely committed the crime) has been shown by the prosecutor. 


Additionally, Magisterial District Judges are responsible for issuing Emergency Protection From Abuse Orders (PFAs) and may perform weddings. Your local Judge will often be the only exposure the average citizen has with the court system outside of jury duty. While not always a pleasant experience, hopefully you will walk away feeling that you were treated fairly and with respect.

PLEASE NOTE:  THE STAFF OF THIS OFFICE IS NOT PERMITTED TO AND WILL NOT PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE