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District Judge Jeffrey Miller Completes Recertification

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 12:03 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

Screen Shot 2019-02-08 at 9.17.11 PMHARRISBURG, Pa. – Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey C. Miller of District Court 18-3-04 in New Bethlehem was recently recertified as a member of the state’s Unified Judicial System after successfully completing a continuing education course in Harrisburg.

The legal education program for district judges is conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board (MJEB) and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC).

The week-long instructional program is designed to ensure that district judges remain current in a variety of required legal topics and management techniques required to fairly adjudicate cases and effectively supervise a district court office.

This year’s curriculum included updates to the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code, Landlord/Tennant Law, Collection Cases, Primer on Proofs, Ethics, Debt Collection – Collectors, LGBTQ Cultural Humility, Criminal Law, MDJS, Mental Health, Social Media and IT Security, Court Continuity Operational Plans – COOP, Search Warrants and Evidence – Expert Testimony, Practical Issues at Preliminary Hearings, Wellness and the Legal Profession, and Bail.

Continuing education coursework is required by the statute of each of the more than 500 district judges in Pennsylvania, with approximately 50 district judges attending one of 13 classes each academic year.

Magisterial district judges represent the “grass roots” level of the state judicial system. In counties other than Philadelphia, district judges have jurisdiction over summary, criminal, and motor vehicle cases, landlord/tenant matters, and other civil actions where the amount claimed does not exceed $12,000.

Under certain circumstances, they may also accept guilty pleas in misdemeanor cases of the third degree. District judges have the jurisdiction to issue arrest and search warrants.


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