Curia Communis Placita
Justice without force is
powerless; force without justice
is tyrannical.
- 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
2   Northampton
3    Carbon
4    All other Counties
E ---- Minor Courts
Magistrate   Courts
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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

responsible for

Appeals from the minor courts
Appeals not exclusively assigned to another court
Matters involving children and families


(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,
610- 434-7903;
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.;
Weisenberg Twp.

3-03  Daniel Trexler
610-282-1555; Coopersburg; Lower Milford Twp.; Upper Saucon Twp.zc
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
further proceedings.

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
Phone:(570) 325-2751

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
Phone:(610) 826-3707
Fax: (610) 826-6914

401 Delaware Avenue
2nd Floor
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
Fax:(570) 427-8730

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
D 1
D  4


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

District 03-1-04
MDJ: Vivian I. Zumas, Esq.
City of Bethlehem Ward 14; Hanover Township
248 Brodhead Rd
Suite 2
Bethlehem, PA 18017
Phone: (610)-691-2364
FAX: (610)-861-7645

District 03-2-09
MDJ: Jackie Taschner, Esq.
Forks Township; Palmer Township; Tatamy Borough
3 Weller Pl
Easton, PA 18045
Phone: (610)-258-7266
FAX: (610)-258-1713

District 03-2-01
MDJ: Roy A. Manwaring II, Esq.
City of Bethlehem Wards 6,7,8 & 9
402 E Broad St
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Phone: (610)-691-1501
FAX: (610)-691-6506

District 03-2-10
MDJ: Nancy Matos Gonzalez
City of Bethlehem Wards 1, 2, 3 & 4
327 Broadway
Suite 200
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: (610)-868-9191
FAX: (610)-868-1196

District 03-2-03
MDJ: Patricia C. Broscius, Esq.
Bethlehem Township
3650 Nazareth Pk
Unit 2
Bethlehem, PA 18020
Phone: (610)-746-9740
FAX: (610)-746-2470

District 03-2-11
MDJ: Nicholas E. Englesson, Esq.
City of Bethlehem Wards 5,15,16 & 17; Freemansburg Borough
1214 Stefko Blvd
Bethlehem, PA 18017
Phone: (610)-694-0553
FAX: (610)-694-0638

District 03-2-04
MDJ: Alan R. Mege, Esq.
Hellertown Borough; Lower Saucon Township
1404 Walter St
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: (610)-865-4010
FAX: (610)-865-4361
District 03-2-12

MDJ: Richard Yetter, Esq.
City of Easton Wards 7 & 8; Wilson Borough; West Easton Borough
1710 Butler St
Easton, PA 18042
Phone: (610)-258-4640
FAX: (610)-258-1835
District 03-2-05

MDJ: Robert C. Weber
City of Easton Wards 1,2,3,4 & 5
400 Northampton St.
Suite 100
Easton, PA 18042
Phone: (610)-258-5900
FAX: (610)-258-2870

District 03-3-01
MDJ: Robert A. Hawke
Allen Township; Lehigh Township; Moore Township - Klecknersville &
Beersville Dists; Northampton Borough; North Catasaqua Borough;
Walnutport Borough
4330 Lehigh Dr
Suite 2
Walnutport, PA 18088
Phone: (610)-767-6345
FAX: (610)-767-4498

District 03-2-06
MDJ: Daniel G. Corpora
City of Easton Wards 6, 9, 10, 11 & 12; Glendon Borough; Williams
700 C Philadelphia Road
Easton, PA 18042
Phone: (610)-258-8711
FAX: (610)-253-0685

District 03-3-02
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
Suite 1
Wind Gap, PA 18091-1515
Phone: (610)-863-5447
FAX: (610)-863-7002

District 03-2-08
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
Phone: (610)-759-6424
FAX: (610)-759-9356
District 03-3-03

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
Phone: (610)-588-3998
FAX: (610)-588-5537