Bucks County Magisterial District Courts

If you've been charged with a criminal offense in Bucks County, your charges may be adjudicated in a Magisterial District Court. Bucks County is home to a total of 18 magisterial courts. In each courtroom there presides an elected district judge.

Magisterial District Courts are courts of limited jurisdiction. Nevertheless, they are responsible for preliminary hearings, arraignments, and summary offenses - the least serious grade of criminal charges in Pennsylvania. Cases involving traffic offenses, disorderly conduct, loitering, harassment, and low-level retail theft (shoplifting), for example, are summary offenses that are commonly held before Magisterial District Courts.

Aside from criminal offenses, Bucks County Magisterial District Court also handle small civil actions.

The following table lists Magisterial District Courts that are located in Bucks County:







Michael W Gallagher


2404 Byberry Road


Fax: 215-638-0135


Frank W. Peranteau Sr.


501 Bath Street


Fax: 215-785-0816


Senior MDJ


3030 Bath Road


Fax: 215-788-5568


Robert L. Wagner Jr.


7325 New Falls Road


Fax: 215-943-9454


Daniel Baranoski


142 Centre Street


Fax: 215-757-2284


John J. Kelly Jr.


2661 Trenton Road


Fax: 215-946-5459


Daniel J. Finello Jr.


567 Newtown Road


Fax: 215-672-8013


Jan Vislosky


9187 New Falls Road


Fax: 215-736-0809


Senior MDJ

Official MDJ TBD


31 E. Cleveland Avenue


Fax: 215-736-0835


Joseph P. Falcone


3237 Bristol Road

Suite 100-101


Fax: 215-741-3503


William J. Benz


60 Township Road


Fax: 215-322-7371


Mark D. Douple


1277 Almshouse Road


Fax: 215-343-7964


Lisa J. Gaier


281 California Road


Fax: 215-536-6966


Michael W. Petrucci


28 North State Street


Fax: 215-968-5886


Regina Armitage

New Britain

962 Town Center


Fax: 215-230-7276


Maggie Snow


4001 Durham Road


Fax: 215-345-7527


Jean Seaman


1720 Kendarbren Drive


Fax: 215-343-0629


Gary Gambardella


276 Tabor Road


Fax: 610-847-8497

For more information about the Bucks County Magisterial District Courts and their locations, visit the county website.

The Role Of An Attorney

Although Bucks County Magisterial District Courts decide upon summary offenses, that's not all these courts do. Most serious offenses involving misdemeanor and felony charges are conceived in these courts. Therefore, the vast majority of Bucks County defendants will be required to attend preliminary hearings and arraignments in Magisterial District Courts. It is the initial stages of criminal procedure that are most important for defendants, as they will influence the outcome of their case. This is why the presence of an attorney throughout the entire process is important.

The first and most critical step in the criminal prosecution process is the preliminary hearing. A preliminary hearing in Bucks County will be held at any of the Magisterial District Court locations above, depending on your location and the court's jurisdiction. Defendants are sent a notice within 10 days of an arrest that details the date and time of their first mandatory court hearing. At this hearing, it will be determined whether or not there is sufficient evidence to put a defendant on trial. An attorney can help you maximize your chances of a favorable outcome at this stage in the process.

An arraignment will be scheduled 30 to 60 days after a preliminary hearing in a Bucks County Magisterial District Court. At an arraignment, several events will take place: the court will detail a defendant's charges, an amount for bail be set, and a defendant and their representation will be asked to enter a plea. A plea is one of the single most important factors in how your case will play out. Only an experienced attorney will be able to decide which course of action is best for your case.

In the criminal process, the ultimate goal for every defendant is to avoid the creation of a criminal record, or to avoid adding additional charges and/or a conviction to their existing record. Crime on a person's record comes with collateral consequences that will make things like landing a job, getting government assistance, gaining residency, and flexing certain rights difficult.

This is why it's important for you to consider retaining a Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney. An experienced legal professional will know the ins and outs of the magisterial district will be able to bring valuable insight into your case. Familiarity with the courts and major players has its perks, as an attorney can properly assess the chances of reducing your charges or even dismissing your case.

Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Attorney

If you've been arrested and charged with a criminal offense in Bucks County, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your options. The Criminal Defense Team at LLF Law Firm has helped numerous clients with a misdemeanor and felony charges get their sentence reduced, and even get their charges dismissed. For more information, contact the LLF Law Firm online or by phone at (888) 535-8636 today.

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The LLF Law Firm Team has decades of experience successfully resolving clients' criminal charges in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania counties. If you are having any uncertainties about what the future may hold for you or a loved one, contact the LLF Law Firm today! Our Criminal Defense Team will go above and beyond the needs of any client, and will fight until the final bell rings.

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