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Magisterial District Judge

John H. Fishel


Welcome to the Magisterial District Court serving Windsor, Lower Windsor and Chanceford Townships and the Boroughs of Red Lion, East Prospect, Windsor, Felton and Yorkana along with the School Districts of Red Lion and Eastern York.

The District Court is the first tier of the Unified Judicial System in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The 19th Judicial District is comprised of 19 Magisterial District Judges providing service to local constituents in various municipalities throughout the County of York.

The District Court has primary jurisdiction to conduct non-jury trials in Summary Traffic, Criminal, and Ordinance cases as well as Landlord Tenant actions.  The Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the Court of Common Pleas to hear Civil Claims (Contract and Tort/Trespass cases) up to $12,000.00 exclusive of interest and costs.  Additionally, this Court conducts Preliminary Arraignments, sets Bail and presides over Preliminary Hearings to determine the sufficiency of evidence.  The Magisterial District Judge has the authority to issue Criminal Warrants, Search Warrants and Emergency Protection from Abuse Orders (Emergency PFAs) and provide Notary Service.

The minor courts, also called special courts or courts of limited jurisdiction, constitute the “grass roots” level of Pennsylvania’s court system. For many Pennsylvanians these are the first, and often the only, courts they will ever encounter.

2997 Cape Horn Road

Red Lion, PA 17356

To contact us:

Phone: 717-244-4002

Fax: 717-246-1533

E-mail:  admin@districtcourt19301.org

Monday                  8am—4:30pm

Tuesday                  8am—4:30pm

Wednesday             8am—4:30pm

Thursday                8am—6:00pm

Friday                     8am—12:30pm

Office Hours:*

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