Responding To A Citation
Defendants have 10 days after receiving a citation from an officer or summons from the court to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Failure to respond will result in the issuance of an arrest warrant.
Case payments may also be made online through the Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System web portal. Visit the portal at http://ujsportal.pacourts.us. This service charges $2.75 per transaction.
A Magisterial District Judge or staff cannot provide any guidance or legal advice to a plaintiff or defendant in a case. The Judge's role is to maintain a neutral and detached position. It is the responsibility of each litigant to present to the court the information to be considered in rendering a fair decision. If you are coming to court to attend or participate in a hearing, proper attire is recommended, and respectful conduct is expected.
Magisterial District Judges Have Authority To
Conduct non-jury trials in summary traffic, criminal, ordinance cases, landlord/tenant actions, and civil cases involving amounts of $12,000 or less
Conduct preliminary arraignments and set bail
Preside over preliminary hearings
Issue criminal warrants and search warrants
Issue Emergency Protection From Abuse Orders
Contact District Court
District Court 44-3-03
245 Muncy Street, Suite 150
P.O Box 259
Laporte, PA 18626
Jennifer Y. Vandine - Presiding Magisterial District Judge