On Wednesday, May 22, 2024, Explore Jefferson reported that Clearfield County Magisterial District Judge David S. Meholick had successfully completed his annual continuing education requirements and was recertified for service.

According to the article, every magisterial district judge in Pennsylvania is required to complete 32 hours of continuing education coursework each year through the Minor Judiciary Education Board’s program. The curriculum covers a variety of legal topics to help judges fairly and efficiently handle the cases and management duties of their courts.

Some of the topics addressed in this year’s program included updates to the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, civil and landlord-tenant law and procedures, identifying and reporting child abuse, truancy laws, criminal law and bail procedures, judicial ethics, working with individuals with autism or mental health issues, case management systems, office security, media relations, self-care, and non-discrimination policies.

The article explained that around 50 judges attend the week-long continuing education course each fall and spring term. The program involves both a distance learning component and four days of in-person classes held at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg.

As the story outlined, magisterial district judges preside over the first level of Pennsylvania’s court system in all counties except Philadelphia. Their responsibilities can include handling summary criminal cases, traffic citations, civil matters under $12,000, landlord-tenant disputes, and tasks like issuing warrants, conducting arraignments and preliminary hearings, and setting bail amounts.

The Minor Judiciary Education Board, established by state law, is responsible for administering the continuing education program and certification courses for magisterial district judges and Philadelphia arraignment court magistrates. According to the article, the MJEB also conducts a week-long orientation for newly elected or appointed judges and handles creating curricula, appointing instructors, setting content, administering exams, and issuing certificates of completion. Staff from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts’ judicial education department assist in managing these programs as well.

By fully participating in the annual continuing education courses, Judge Meholick demonstrated his commitment to staying up-to-date on the law and issues impacting the work of magisterial district judges. This allowed him to maintain the certification necessary for continuing his service on the bench in Clearfield County’s court system.



Source: Explore Jefferson