|Justice without force is
powerless; force without justice
- Blaise Pascal
|The Pennsylvania court system is
structured like a pyramid with the
Supreme Court at the top.
A---- Supreme Court of PA
B --- Superior Court of PA
C --- Commonwealth Court
D --- Courts of Common Pleas
1 . Lehigh
4 All other Counties
E ---- Minor Courts
|Pennsylvania Courts of Common Pleas
The Courts of Common Pleas are organized into 60
judicial districts and are the trial courts of
Pennsylvania. Major civil and criminal cases are heard
in these courts
The Courts of Common Pleas are the general trial
courts of Pennsylvania. They are organized into 60
judicial districts. Most districts follow the geographic
boundaries of counties, but seven of the districts are
comprised of two counties. Each district has from one
to 93 judges and has a president judge and a court
Appeals from the minor courts
Appeals not exclusively assigned to another court
Matters involving children and families
JUDGES OF COURT OF COMMON PLEAS ** Term: 10 years
(reelection by a retention ballot)
President Judge:($163,260) President Judge Edward D. Reibman, 1991;
Others ($161,850 ) listed in order of seniority:
Robert L. Steinberg, 1997;
J. Brian Johnson, 2003;
Kelly L. Banach, 2003;
James T. Anthony, 2007;
Maria L. Dantos, 2007;
Michele A. Varricchio, 2007;
Douglas G. Reichley, 2011
Melissa T. Pavlack, 2017
Anna-Kristie M. Marks,2019
Carol K. McGinley -Senior Judge , 2017z
|xLehigh County Judges of Common Pleas
|The Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County is a general jurisdiction trial court located
in Allentown, Pennsylvania. There are ten full time judges and two senior judges
providing judicial services to the citizens of Lehigh County
Each full time judge is assigned to one or more of the court divisions, which are the
Criminal/Juvenile Division, the combined Civil/Motion/Family Court Division and the
Orphans’ Court Division.
Within their respective divisions, the judges hear a wide spectrum of cases, including
adult criminal cases, juvenile delinquency cases, lawsuits involving money or property,
divorce, custody disputes, child support issues, juvenile dependency cases, estates,
guardianships and adoptions.
The court provides judicial oversight to Court Administration, Adult Probation, Juvenile
Probation, the Domestic Relations Section, the Court Transcription Unit, the Protection
from Abuse Office, the Court Interpreting Unit, the Child Custody Office and the Law
The Court also provides administrative services to the fourteen offices that comprise the
Magisterial District Court System of Lehigh County.
Court Administration ---
The responsibility of the District Court Administrator is to manage the non-judicial
functions of the court. Judges are ultimately responsible for effective court management.
However, the complexity of the modern court requires the delegation of administrative
functions and responsibilities to the District Court Administrator. The District Court
Administrator serves as an appointee of the entire court but is subject to the supervision
and direction of the President Judge. The District Court Administrator must practice
extensive managerial and administrative skills in order to serve effectively as the
managerial arm of the court, and by doing so, increases the time that judges can spend in
Duties of the District Court Administrator may include personnel and fiscal management,
calendar or scheduling management, information systems management, facilities and
equipment management, records control, public information, and jury management.
The District Court Administrator, Kerry R. Turtzo, and the Deputy District Court
Administrator, John Sikora, are responsible for the supervision of all court-related
departments of the Judiciary, to include Adult Probation, Juvenile Probation, Domestic
Relations, Magisterial District Court personnel, the Law Library, the Court Transcription
Unit, and court staff personnel.
31st Judicial District $80,927 Term: 6 years
1-01 Patricia M. Engler,
Allentown wards 8, 10.
1-02 Rashid Santiago,
Allentown wards 4, 7, 11.
1-03 Ronald S. Manescu,
Allentown wards 3, 13, 17, 18.
1-04 David M. Howells, Jr.
Allentown wards 12,16,19.
1-05 Michael D. D'Amore
Allentown wards 14,15; Hanover Twp.; Catasauqua.
1-06 Wayne Maura,
Bethlehem wards 10,11,12,13.
1-07 Todd P. Heffelfinger,
Whitehall Twp.; Coplay.
1-08 Michael J. Pochron
Salisbury Twp.; Fountain Hill.
2-01 Karen C. Devine
Allentown wards 1,2,5,6,9.
2-02 Jacob E. Hammond,
North Whitehall Twp.; South Whitehall Twp.
2-03 Donna R. Butler
Emmaus; Upper Milford Twp.
3-01 Tom Creighton
Slatington; Heidelberg Twp.; Lynn Twp.; Washington Twp.
3-02 Michael Faulknerrd,
Alburtis; Macungie; Lower Macungie Twp.;Lowhill Twp.; Upper Macungie Twp.;
3-03 Daniel Trexler
610-282-1555; Coopersburg; Lower Milford Twp.; Upper Saucon Twp.zc
|LEHIGH COUNTY DISTRICT JUDGES
|Carbon Judges of Common Pleas
The Magisterial District Court is the first level of judicial authority in Pennsylvania and is the
court where most people experience the judicial system for the first time. There are four
Magisterial District Courts located throughout Carbon County. An elected Magisterial District
Judge presides over each of the individual Magisterial District Courts. They are elected to serve
in their districts for six year terms.
Magisterial District Judges handle all traffic cases, summary criminal offenses, municipal code
violations, landlord/tenant suits and civil cases involving amounts up to $12,000. District Judges
also set bail and conduct preliminary hearings in misdemeanor and felony criminal cases to
determine if the cases should be dismissed or transferred to the Court of Common Pleas for
Magisterial District Judges, as officers of the Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System, may
administer oaths and affirmations and take acknowledgements. They also have authority to
perform marriages. It is up to the individual Judge’s decision whether he or she wishes to
perform marriage ceremonies as there is no legally prescribed form for a wedding ceremony so
religious services and vows conform to the secular content in which they are used.
|x.Carbon County Court of Common Pleas
Honorable President Judge Roger N. Nanovic , 2022
Honorable Judge Steven R. Serfass, 2029
Honorable Judge Joseph J. Matika , 2022
|xDistrict Court #56-3-01
Magisterial District Judge: Eric M. Schrantz
340 Center Avenue
P.O. Box 356
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229-0356
Jim Thorpe Borough, Lehighton Borough
Weissport Borough, Mahoning Township (Voting District Packerton
Jamestown), Penn Forest Township
District Court #56-3-02
Magisterial District Judge: William J. Kissner
Fax: (610) 826-6914
401 Delaware Avenue
Palmerton, PA 18071-1892
Palmerton, Parryville Borough, Bowmanstown Borough
Lower Towamensing Township, Towamensing Township, Franklin Township
District Court #56-3-03
Magisterial District Judge: Casimir T. Kosciolek
Phone: (570) 645-3024
Fax: (570) 645-5544
417 East Ridge Street
P.O. Box 203
Lansford, PA 18232-0203
Lansford Borough, Nesquehoning Borough,
Summit Hill Borough, East Penn Township, Mahoning
Township (Voting Districts Mahoning and New Mahoning)
District Court #56-3-04
Magisterial District Judge: Joseph D. Homanko, SR.
Phone: (570) 427-4100
200 Carbon Street
Weatherly, PA 18255-0017
Beaver Meadows Borough, East Side Borough,
Weatherly Borough, Banks Township, Kidder Township,
Lausanne Township, Lehigh Township, Packer Townshipz
President Judge Michael J. Koury, Jr.
Judge Stephen G. Baratta
Judge Paula A. Roscioli
Judge Anthony S. Beltrami
Judge Craig A. Dally
Judge Jennifer R. Sletvold
Judge Samuel P. Murray
Judge John M. Morganelli
Judge Abraham P. Kassisc
|Northampton County Judges of Common Pleas
|Northampton County Court of Common Pleas The Magisterial District
Judges are part of a unified judicial system governed by the rules
and regulations promulgated by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
President Judge Stephen G. Baratta exercises general supervision
and administrative control over the Magisterial District Judges.
|Northampton County Magisterial Districts
MDJ: Vivian I. Zumas, Esq.
City of Bethlehem Ward 14; Hanover Township
248 Brodhead Rd
Bethlehem, PA 18017
MDJ: Jackie Taschner, Esq.
Forks Township; Palmer Township; Tatamy Borough
3 Weller Pl
Easton, PA 18045
MDJ: Roy A. Manwaring II, Esq.
City of Bethlehem Wards 6,7,8 & 9
402 E Broad St
Bethlehem, PA 18018
MDJ: Nancy Matos Gonzalez
City of Bethlehem Wards 1, 2, 3 & 4
Bethlehem, PA 18015
MDJ: Patricia C. Broscius, Esq.
3650 Nazareth Pk
Bethlehem, PA 18020
MDJ: Nicholas E. Englesson, Esq.
City of Bethlehem Wards 5,15,16 & 17; Freemansburg Borough
1214 Stefko Blvd
Bethlehem, PA 18017
MDJ: Alan R. Mege, Esq.
Hellertown Borough; Lower Saucon Township
1404 Walter St
Bethlehem, PA 18015
MDJ: Richard Yetter, Esq.
City of Easton Wards 7 & 8; Wilson Borough; West Easton Borough
1710 Butler St
Easton, PA 18042
MDJ: Robert C. Weber
City of Easton Wards 1,2,3,4 & 5
400 Northampton St.
Easton, PA 18042
MDJ: Robert A. Hawke
Allen Township; Lehigh Township; Moore Township - Klecknersville &
Beersville Dists; Northampton Borough; North Catasaqua Borough;
4330 Lehigh Dr
Walnutport, PA 18088
MDJ: Daniel G. Corpora
City of Easton Wards 6, 9, 10, 11 & 12; Glendon Borough; Williams
700 C Philadelphia Road
Easton, PA 18042
MDJ: Douglas Schlegel, Sr.
Bushkill Township; Moore Township- Phillips & Eastern Dists.; Plainfield
Township- Belefast, Kesslersville & Chapman Borough; Wind Gap
Borough - Plainfield Church Dists.;
31 W. First Street
Wind Gap, PA 18091-1515
MDJ: John C. Capobianco
East Allen Township; Lower Nazareth Township; Upper Nazareth
Township; Bath Borough; Nazareth Borough; Stockertown Borough
136 S Main St
Nazareth, PA 18064
MDJ: Alicia R. Zito, Esq.
Lower Mount Bethel Township; Plainfield Township- Delabole District;
Upper Mount Bethel Township; Washington Township; Bangor Borough;
East Bangor Borough; Pen Argyl Borough; Portland Borough; Roseto
269 Blue Valley Rd.
Bangor, PA 18013