Magisterial District Courts which are mandated pursuant to Article V Section 7 of the Pennsylvania Constitution are the first level of courts under the Unified Judicial System. For many Pennsylvanians, District Courts are the first and only court they will experience. There are approximately 550 District Courts in Pennsylvania.
District Courts have original jurisdiction over all summary offenses including, but not limited to:
- Bad Checks
- Disorderly Conduct
- Traffic Offenses, Etc.
They have jurisdiction over all criminal matters for the purpose of:
- Accepting Pleas on Certain Misdemeanor Offenses
- Except for Murder and Voluntary Manslaughter
- Issuing Warrants
- Presiding over Preliminary Hearings
- Setting Bail
District Courts preside over summary offenses for juveniles in such areas as truancy, underage drinking, retail theft, etc.
Landlord & Tenant Disputes
District Courts have original jurisdiction over all landlord and tenant disputes as well as civil actions where the amount claimed does not exceed $12,000. District Judges may also preside over marriage ceremonies and oaths of office.
District Court 50-3-05 is located at 227 West Cunningham Street, Butler. This District contains the following municipalities: