Delaware County Magisterial District Courts

If you've been charged with a criminal offense in Delaware County, there's a high chance your charges may be adjudicated in a magisterial district court. Delaware County is massive and is home to a whopping 32 magisterial courts. In each of these respective courtrooms, there will preside an elected district judge.

Magisterial district courts have limited jurisdiction. They are responsible for some criminal matters, like preliminary hearings, arraignments, and summary offenses - the least serious grade of criminal offenses in Pennsylvania. Aside from criminal offenses, these courts also handle small civil actions and landlord-tenant disputes.

The following chart lists the magisterial district courts that are scattered throughout Delaware County.

Court

Judge

City

Address

Contact

32-1-20                 

Wilden H. Davis

Chester

160 E. Seventh Street

610-876-2151

Fax: 610-874-7864                 

32-1-21                 

Dawn L. Vann

Chester

160 E. Seventh Street

610-874-7180

Fax: 610-874-7864                 

32-1-22                 

Spencer B. Seaton Jr.

Chester

160 E. Seventh Street

610-874-1790

Fax: 610-874-7864                 

32-1-23                 

Gregory J. Loftus

Collingdale

100 Clifton Avenue

610-534-3443

Fax: 610-534-5978                 

32-1-24                 

Robert M. D'Agostino

Broomall

796 Parkway Boulevard

610-338-2250

Fax: 610-338-2253                 

32-1-25                 

Robert R. Burke

Havertown

525 West Chester Pike

Suites 103 & 105

610-449-8250

Fax: 610-789-9167                 

32-1-27                 

David H. Lang

Newtown Square                 

4655 West Chester Pike

610-356-7430

Fax: 610-356-0692                 

32-1-28                 

Deborah Krull

Media

349 West Baltimore Avenue                 

610-566-0827

Fax: 610-566-2732                 

32-1-30                 

Vincent D. Gallagher

Folsom

100 MacDade Boulevard

610-532-0320

Fax: 610-532-0953                 

32-1-31                 

Philip S. Turner

Crum Lynne

1201 Haverford Road

610-833-2581

Fax: 610-833-2651                 

32-1-32                 

Andrea B. Puppio

Springfield

56 Powell Road

610-543-2366

Fax: 610-543-1920                 

32-1-33                 

Harry J. Karapalides

Upper Darby

1550 Garrett Road

610-626-6900

Fax: 610-623-0463                 

32-1-34                 

Robert J. Radano

Upper Darby

1550 Garrett Road

610-626-6900

Fax: 610-622-2751                 

32-1-35                 

Ann Berardocco

Upper Darby

1550 Garrett Road

610-626-6900

Fax: 610-623-0463                 

32-1-36                 

David R. Griffin

Linwood

526 W. Ridge Road

610-859-9748

Fax: 610-859-9751                 

32-2-37                 

Leonard V. Tenaglia

Darby

150 S. MacDade Boulevard

Suite E

610-534-3504

Fax: 610-534-0714                 

32-2-38                 

Diane Holefelder

Aston

1 New Road

610-558-3520

Fax: 610-558-3528                 

32-2-39                 

VACANT

Brookhaven

2 Cambridge Road

Suite 300

610-874-8178

Fax: 610-874-7893                 

32-2-40                 

Steven A. Sandone

Glenolden

11 Bartram Avenue

610-583-6646

Fax: 610-583-1197                 

32-2-42                 

Michael A. Burns

Glenolden

36 E. Boon Avenue

610-583-6647

Fax: 610-583-0386                 

32-2-43                 

Leon Hunter

Newtown Square                 

4655 West Chester Pike

610-356-2997

Fax: 610-356-0692                 

32-2-44                 

Jack D. Lippart

Prospect Park

1028 Lincoln Avenue

610-534-5627

Fax: 610-534-5610                 

32-2-46                 

Andrew Goldberg

Media

939 N. Providence Road

610-566-3495

Fax: 610-566-7016                 

32-2-47                 

W. Keith Williams II

Yeadon

536 Church Lane

610-259-8848

Fax: 610-259-8920                 

32-2-48                 

Walter A. Strohl

Lima

27 S. Pennell Road

610-565-4110

Fax: 610-565-1640                 

32-2-49                 

Wendy B. Roberts

Glen Mills

485 Baltimore Pike

610-558-3605

Fax: 610-558-3618                 

32-2-51                 

Christopher R. Mattox

Upper Darby

1550 Garrett Road

610-626-6900

Fax: 610-623-0463                 

32-2-52                 

Kelly A. Micozzie-Aguirre                 

Secane

409 Ashland Avenue

Suite 1

610-622-8102

Fax: 610-622-8105                 

32-2-53                 

Elisa C. Lacianca

Havertown

525 West Chester Pike

Suites 103 & 105

610-449-5189

Fax: 610-789-9167                 

32-2-54                 

James J. Merkins

Springfield

56 Powell Road

610-690-7668

Fax: 610-543-1920                 

For more information about the Delaware County magisterial district courts and their locations, visit the county website.

The Role Of An Attorney

Although one of the roles of Delaware County magisterial district courts is to decide upon summary offenses, their other roles shouldn't be overlooked. Most serious offenses involving misdemeanor and felony charges are conceived in these courts, requiring most defendants to attend preliminary hearings and arraignments held by them. It is the initial stages of the criminal prosecution that are the most important, especially for defendants. And it is these court appearances that will influence the outcome of your case. This is why the presence if an attorney throughout the entire process, from beginning to end, is incredibly important.

The initial and most critical step in the criminal prosecution process is the preliminary hearing. A preliminary hearing in Delaware County will be held at any of the magisterial district court locations above, depending on your location and the court's jurisdiction. Defendants are sent a notice within 10 days of an arrest that includes the date and time of their first mandatory court hearing. At this hearing, it will be determined whether or not there is sufficient evidence to put a defendant on trial. If you seek an attorney, they can help you maximize your chances of a favorable outcome at this stage in the process.

Following a preliminary hearing is an arraignment. At an arraignment, several things will take place. The court will detail your charges, your bail amount will be set, and most importantly, you will be asked to enter a plea. A plea is one of the single most important factors in how your case will play out. Only an experienced attorney will be able to decide which course of action is best for your case.

Understand that in the criminal justice process, the end goal for every defendant is to avoid the creation of a criminal record, or to avoid adding additional charges and/or a conviction to their existing record. A conviction and charges on an individual's criminal record come with serious collateral consequences that will make things like landing a job, getting government aid, living in certain places, and flexing certain rights difficult.

This is why it's important for you to consider retaining a Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney. An experienced and skilled legal professional will know the ins and outs of the magisterial district courts and bring valuable insight and expertise to your case. Familiarity with the process and major players has its perks, as an attorney can properly assess the chances of reducing your charges or even dismissing your case.

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If you've been arrested and charged with a criminal offense in Bucks County, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your options. Attorney Joseph D. Lento has helped numerous clients with misdemeanor and felony charges get their sentence reduced, and even get their charges dismissed. For more about his representation or case evaluation, contact him online or by phone at (215) 535-5353 today.

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