There are different types of criminal cases. The first and least restrictive is a summary case. A summary case is heard before a Magistrate. In Pennsylvania, summary cases are issued by citation or criminal complaint. Unless specifically mentioned in the summary offense, the penalty is a maximum $300 fine or 90 days in prison and is in the exclusive province of the Magisterial District Judge, or Magistrate. However, if you are found guilty of a summary offense at the magisterial level, you have 30 days to appeal the case to the Court of Summary Appeals, which is the Court of Common Pleas.
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