Thinking about running for Magisterial District Judge in Lackawanna County?
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:
1. 21 years of age
2. Resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
3. Resident of his/her magisterial district for a one-year period prior to election
4. Certified by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts as successfully completing a rigorous training and education program administered by the Minor Judiciary Education Board or Attorney admitted to the Bar in Pennsylvania
There are SEVEN MDJs up this year:
· 45-1-01 which covers Moosic, Old Forge, Taylor
· 45-1-03 which covers Scranton Wards 11, 12, 19, 20, 24
· 45-1-05 which covers Scranton Wards 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 21, 22
· 45-1-08 which covers Scranton Wards 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 23 and Dunmore
· 45-3-02 which covers Clifton, Covington, Elmhurst, Jefferson, Madison, Moscow, Roaring Brook, Springbrook, and Thornhurst
· 45-3-04 which covers Archbald, Blakely, Jermyn, Jessup, and Mayfield
To get on the ballot, you must collect at least 100 signatures from the district. MDJ candidates can cross-file on both Republican and Democratic ballots. Petitions are available at Lackawanna County Voter Services, (570) 963-6737. Petition circulation runs February 14-March 7, 2017.