Magisterial District Judges, whose terms are 6 years, are elected by the citizens of the magisterial district in which they serve. Qualifications for becoming a District Judge include:
- 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, District Judges are required to successfully complete 32 hours of continuing education annually.