Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania
County of Allegheny
Magisterial District Judges | Qualifications

Magisterial District Judges are elected by the citizens of the magisterial district in which they serve. The term of a District Judge is six years. In order to become a District Judge, individuals must possess the following qualifications:
  • 21 years of age
  • Resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Resident of his/her magisterial district for a one-year period prior to election
  • Certified by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts as successfully completing a rigorous training and education program administered by the Minor Judiciary Education Board


Attorney admitted to the Bar in Pennsylvania

Once elected, District Judges must complete an initial practicum course. Thereafter, every District Judge is required to attend and successfully complete thirty-two hours of continuing education each year.