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246 Pa. Code Rule 101. Establishment of Offices. Minimum Office Standards.

Rule 101. Establishment of Offices. Minimum Office Standards.

 A.  The governing body of the county shall establish an office or offices for each magisterial district judge whose magisterial district is situated in the county at such locations within the county as may be approved by the president judge of the court of common pleas of the judicial district which includes the county. The governing body shall insofar as possible insure that each office meets the following minimum standards:

   (1)  The principal office should be located in a place convenient to the public and which will allow the business of the office to be conducted with dignity, decorum and dispatch.

   (2)  Such office shall not be located in or appurtenant to the residence or place of business of the magisterial district judge. It shall have a hearing room and such other rooms as may be necessary, and shall be provided with necessary furniture and equipment.

   (3)  A magisterial district judge shall be provided with such staff, forms, supplies and equipment as shall be necessary for the proper performance of his or her duties. To maintain the dignity of the office, he or she shall be provided with judicial robes.

 (B)  The office of a magisterial district judge may be located outside of the boundaries of the magisterial district from which the judge is elected, upon petition of the president judge of the judicial district, provided:

   (1)  The magisterial district in which the office is located adjoins the magisterial district from which the judge is elected;

   (2)  Relocation of the office would not cause inconvenience or confusion to the public or to law enforcement;

   (3)  The president judge certifies that the proposed location is more suitable or affordable than the facilities that are available within the magisterial district from which the judge is elected; and

   (4)  Approval for the relocation has been granted by the Supreme Court.

 (C)  Petitions for approval of a relocation of a magisterial district judge’s office outside of the magisterial district from which he or she has been elected shall be forwarded to the Court Administrator of Pennsylvania and shall provide information to determine whether the conditions for approval have been satisfied. If the Court Administrator determines that the requirements are met, the petition will be forwarded to the Supreme Court for consideration.


   Consolidated districts must provide separate courtrooms and facilities for separate staff of the magisterial districts that have been consolidated. Districts must comply with standards published by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts for magisterial district courtrooms. Petitions for relocation must be published for public comment and hearing before the petition is submitted to the Court Administrator.


   The provisions of this Rule 101 amended November 21, 1975, 5 Pa.B. 3020; amended April 25, 1979, effective May 25, 1979, 9 Pa.B. 1499; amended August 5, 2014, effective September 4, 2014, 44 Pa.B. 5564. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (348672).

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