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District Judge
Montour County
 
 


District Court  26-3-04

Address:
30 Woodbine Lane
Suite 1
Danville, PA 17821

Phone: (570) 271-3022
Fax: (570) 271-3008

Email Address:  Districtjustice@montourco.org

Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Friday

Venue and Jurisdiction of the District Court

Venue for actions in District Court for Montour County is in District Court 26-3-04, as it is the only District Court in the County.

The District Justice presides over the District Court. The District Justice is an independent fact finder for the Minor Judiciary of the Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System.  Because the District Justice must remain neutral he or his staff may not give legal advice.

The District Justice has jurisdiction over the following type of cases: Criminal and Traffic, Summary Offenses; Preliminary Arraignments and Preliminary Hearings for Misdemeanor and Felony charges; Civil Fines and Penalties by any government agency; Landlord Tenant Matters; Civil Claims for money judgments in an amount not to exceed $8,000.00, exclusive of interest and costs; Emergency Protection from Abuse Orders; and Abuse of Elderly Orders.

Filing Actions

Civil Actions as well as Criminal Actions must be filed on forms provided by the District Court.  You may obtain the forms at the office.

Cost for Filing a Criminal Action

There is no cost to file a criminal action. Private Criminal Complaints are subject to District Attorney approval prior to being processed.

 Cost for Filing a Civil Action 

Amount Seeking

1 Defendant

2 Defendants

Up to $500

$64.00

    $ 74.00

$500 - $2,000

$79.00

    $ 89.00

$2,000 - $4,000

$ 93.50

    $ 103.50

$4,000 - $8,000

$130.00

    $140.00

Prices include postage.

If hand service is required, additional fees will apply.

Hand Service Fee

1 Defendant

2 Defendants

 

$55.00

$80.00


Cost for Filing a Cross-Complaint

Civil - $20.00

Landlord Tenant - $20.00

Cost for Filing a Landlord Tenant Action

Amount Seeking

1 Defendant

2 Defendants

Up to $2,000

$131.00

$156.00

$2,000 to $4,000

$145.50

$170.50

$4,000 to $8,000 

$175.00

$200.00

Cost for Filing an Order of Possession

Order of Possession Fee

1 Defendant

2 Defendants

 

   $ 55.00

$80.00

Cost for Filing an Order of Execution

Order of Execution Fee

Action started in this Office    $198.00      

Action started in another DJ Office $205.50

* All costs are current as of 8/4/08.  Costs are subject to change and will be updated periodically.

Responsibilities of the Parties to an Action

Defendant’s Responsibility in Summary Cases

When a defendant receives a summary citation or a summary private criminal complaint the defendant has ten (10) days to respond to the District Court with a guilty or a not guilty plea.

If the defendant is pleading guilty and the fines and costs are not specified on the citation, the defendant must personally appear before the District Justice to have fines and costs set.

If the defendant requires a payment schedule for fines and cost, the defendant must personally appear before the District Justice to enter a payment schedule.

Defendant’s Responsibility in Civil Cases

If a Civil action is filed against you and you intend to defend, you must notify the District Justice Office in writing immediately of your Intent to Defend.  If no Intent to Defend is received the Plaintiff will not be notified to show up.  This will result in you appearing and the case being continued and will cause you to appear again at a later date.

If you give no Intent to Defend and you do not appear, a Default Judgment will be entered against you on behalf of the Plaintiff. You do have 30 days to file an appeal of this judgment with the Prothonotary.

If you intend to assert a Counter Claim against the Plaintiff, you must do so no later than five (5) days prior to the scheduled hearing.

Plaintiff’s Responsibility in Civil Cases

If you receive a Notice of Intent to Defend, you must appear and present your case on the date and time specified or a Default Judgment will be entered on behalf of the Defendant. You have 30 days to file an appeal of this judgment with the Prothonotary.

If you receive a Counter Claim, you must appear and present your defense or a Default Judgment will be entered on behalf of the Defendant. You have 30 days to file an appeal of this judgment with the Prothonotary.

Defendant’s Appeal of a Landlord Tenant Case

When possession is granted to the Plaintiff the Defendant has a right to appeal.  The appeal must be filed with the Prothonotary within ten (10) days from the date of the hearing.

When judgment for money is granted in a Landlord Tenant action the Defendant has a right to appeal.  The appeal must be filed with the Prothonotary within thirty (30) days from the date of the hearing.

Orders of Possession and Orders of Execution

An Order of Possession may be filed on the eleventh (11th) day following the date of the hearing where possession is granted to Plaintiff.

An Order of Execution for money judgment may be filed on the thirty-first (31st) day following the date that money judgment is granted in either a Civil or Landlord Tenant Case.