What Kind of Cases Do District Justices Handle?

Christine from Jessup asks, “What kind of cases do district justices handle?” District justices, often called magistrates, handle a variety of cases. They handle all landlord/tenant matters, small civil cases with jurisdiction up to $12,000, criminal summary offenses, and traffic court. And magistrates are also the gatekeepers for all major felony and misdemeanor cases by presiding over preliminary hearings. District justices hold a vital role in our court system, and often parties can resolve disputes in smaller cases without incurring substantial legal fees.

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