Montgomery County Magisterial District Courts

About Montgomery County Magisterial District Courts

A total of 30 Magisterial District Courts are scattered throughout Montgomery County. An elected district judge presides over each respective courtroom. These courts are intended to mitigate summary offenses - the least severe grade of criminal charges that can be acquired in the state of Pennsylvania. Individuals who are charged with committing minor crimes like disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, harassment, loitering, and low-level retail theft (shoplifting) will likely be charged with a summary offense. District courts also handle small civil actions, specifically claims where damages do not exceed $12,000.

Here is a list of the magisterial district courts that are located in Montgomery County.






East & West Norriton

Marc A. Alfarano


160 W. Germantown Pike, Ste D-5

(610) 272-3029

Franconia, Lower Salford, Perkiomen, Skippack

Albert J. Augustine


840 Harleysville Pike, Ste. 2

(610) 584-4732

Plymouth, part of Conshohocken

Francis J. Bernhardt


625 West Ridge Pike Building “B”, Ste. 101

(610) 828-0278


Christopher J. Cerski


117 York Road, Ste. 100 A

(610) 885-4796

Marlborough, Upper Hanover, Salford, Upper Salford, Green Lane, Red Hill, East Greenville, Pennsburg

Maureen C. Coggins

Red Hill

80 H Gravel Pike, Ste. 100

(610) 679-5811

Montgomery, Hatfield Township

Andrea Duffy


601 Bethlehem Pike Building ‘D”, Ste. 100

(215) 855-3946

Upper Moreland, Lower Moreland, Bryn Athyn

Jay S. Friedenberg

Willow Grove

102 York Road, Ste. 100

(215) 659-6840

Upper Merion, Bridgeport

James P. Gallagher


128 W Fourth Street

(610) 277-3377

Part of Norristown

Margaret Hunsicker


601 DeKalb Street, Ste. 200

(610) 279-6226

Abington, Rockledge

John D. Kessler


1150 Old York Road

(215) 887-2362

Lower Pottsgrove, Part of Pottstown

Edward Kropp Sr.


1 Security Plaza, Ste. 102

(610) 326-9274

Part of Norristown

Francis Jr. Lawrence


601 DeKalb Street, Ste. 300

(610) 279-3332

Upper Moreland, Hatboro, Horsham

Paul N. Leo


420 S. York Road, Condo C-F

(215) 957-5935

Lower Gwynedd, Upper Gwynedd, Whitpain, North Wales

Suzan Leonard

Blue Bell

653 Skippack Pike, Ste. 101

(215) 646-8201

Towamencin, part of Hatfield, Lansdale

Edward Levine


430-440 Pennbrook Parkway

(215) 393-7534

Whitemarsh, park of Conshohocken

Deborah A. Lukens

Lafayette Hil

4002 Center Avenue

(610) 828-5226

Upper Merion, West Conshohocken

Wm. I. Maruszczak


200 West Main Street

(610) 265-3950


Katherine E. McGill


1316 Bruce Road

(215) 572-7845

Part of Cheltenham, Jenkintown

Elizabeth McHugh


117 York Road

(215) 635-1535

Part of Horsham

Harry J. 3rd Nesbitt


903 Sheehy Drive, Ste. A

(215) 675-2040

West Pottsgrove, part of Pottstown

Scott T. Palladino


1 Security Plaza, Ste. 101

(610) 326-9271

Part of Abington, Willow Grove Mall

Juanita A. Price


875 North Easton Road

(215) 885-4120

Lower Merion, Narberth

Michael P. Quinn


116 A Cricket Avenue

(610) 896-8585

Lower Providence, part of Upper Providence, Collegeville and Trappe

Cathleen K. Rebar


133 Level Road

(610) 409-2515

Douglass, New Hanover, Upper Frederick, Lower Frederick, Upper Pottsgrove

Maurice H. Saylor


1881 Swamp Pike

(610) 326-1145

part of Lower Merion

Henry Schireson


925 Montgomery Avenue, Ste. 100

(610) 664-5262

Part of Norristown

Gregory Scott


601 DeKalb Street, Ste. 100

(610) 945-9156

Limerick, Upper Providence, Royersford

Richard H. Welsh


497 West Ridge Pike

(610) 495-9440

Upper Dublin, Ambler

Patricia Zaffarano


1301 S. Bethlehem Pike

(215) 542-1262

Part of Lower Merion

Karen Eisner Zucker


925 Montgomery Ave, Ste. 20

(610) 668-1201

Magisterial District Court Administration

Esquire John E. Savoth


Montgomery County Courthouse Lower Level Plaza, P.O. Box 311

(610) 278-3058

For more information about the district courts and their locations, visit the county website.

The Significant Role of An Attorney in a Montgomery County Magisterial District Court

More serious cases involving misdemeanor and felony charges are conceived in Magisterial District Courts, as defendants are required to attend preliminary hearings and arraignments under its jurisdiction. These initial parts of the criminal procedure are pivotal for defendants.

People who could be possibly facing penalties of jail time or imprisonment will be obligated to attend an arraignment. It's usually scheduled shortly after an arrest. During this period of time, the accused will be informed of their official charges, and eventually expected to enter a plea. Although people can get through arraignments without an attorney, it's almost always better to retain one. A plea of not guilty, guilty, or no contest are crucial factors in how your case will play out. A legal professional will be able to help you assess your options, and avoid pitfalls that will make receiving a favorable outcome in court less likely.

The ultimate goal is to impede the creation of a criminal record. Any crime on your record will elicit limitations and difficulties when it comes to landing a job, living in certain locations, and partaking in specific activities. For example, it has become routine for jobs to conduct background checks on potential employees. The existence of a criminal record itself can serve as a disadvantage in the job market, as people without any documented run-ins with the law will be perceived as more employable, and will be chosen over you.

This is why it's important that you contemplate retaining a Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney. An experienced legal professional in your area knows their way around the Magisterial District Court system and will be able to provide you with valuable insight. Familiarity with the courts has its perks, as an attorney can properly assess the chances of reducing your charges, or even dismissing your case based on your individualized circumstances.

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All criminal cases--ranging from summary offenses to felonies--in Montgomery start at the District Court. Our Criminal Law Team has over a decade of experience in handling cases that are tried in Montgomery County Magisterial District Court jurisdictions. For a leg up in your case, contact us today at 888-535-3686.

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