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Magisterial District Court Case Records
Search Magisterial District Court case records by citation number, date filed, docket number, name, and other criteria. Additional search options include date of birth, county, court office, docket type, and case status. Search results include basic case information with links to docket sheets and court summaries. Some future docket events will be included.
Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases
Magisterial District Court Calendars
Search Magisterial District Court calendars by date, name, attorney information, docket number, and other criteria. Additional search options include judicial district, court office, docket type, and case status. Search results include basic case information with links to docket sheets and court summaries.
Published opinions and orders
Self help, legal research, general information
Search Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence, Rules of Civil Procedure (General and Orphans' Court), Rules of Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Rules, and Minor Court Civil Rules (Magisterial District Courts and Philadelphia Municipal Court) by keyword, or browse by table of contents. Court Rules are part the Pennsylvania Code, a compilation of administrative rules. Court Rules are found in titles 225 through 246, the last titles in the compilation.
Domestic Violence Resources
View information about domestic violence, find links to state and national resources, learn about domestic violence by topic or from a downloadable publication, and find local shelters and other domestic violence services by county.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in Pennsylvania, including local housing counseling agencies, emergency mortgage assistance, and a link to legal aid providers.
Lancaster County Domestic Violence Help
Domestic Violence Services provides emergency shelter, counseling, a legal clinic, transitional housing, and other services to victims of domestic violence. Answers to frequently asked questions and links to forms and additional online resources are at the bottom of the page.
Lancaster County Law Library
View information about the Lancaster County Law Library, including location, hours, available materials and services, and an online catalog search.
Lancaster County Private Criminal Complaints
The Lancaster County District Attorney's Office offers instructions for filing a private criminal complaint in Magisterial District Court. Links to the required forms are included.
Legal Information and Legal Resources
View legal information and resources by topic, including consumer, children and families, employment, health, housing, benefits, disability, education, elder law, immigrant and migrant issues, and veterans and military.
Legal Information and Publications
The Pennsylvania Bar Association offers consumer information pamphlets on a variety of legal topics, public information campaign links, answers to frequently asked questions about working with a lawyer, and a legal guide for senior citizens.
Legal Issues Pamphlets
MidPenn Legal Services offers pamphlets in English and Spanish on a variety of legal issues, including consumer, education, employment, family, housing, benefits, and a guide to going to court.
Local Court Rules
Search local Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial District Court rules by county and adoption date range.
View information about mediation, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to court. Click "Find a Mediator" to search for Pennsylvania mediators by specialty and county.
Official Pennsylvania Statutes, Laws, and Constitution
Search the official Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by keyword or citation, or browse by table of contents. Search the Unconsolidated Statutes by keyword or act number, or browse by act name. Browse the Constitution by table of contents.
Pennsylvania Unofficial Statutes
Search the unofficial version of Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by keyword or statute number, or browse by table of contents. Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes (P.S.) are an unofficial compilation of laws that have not been consolidated by the legislature into the official Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.
Restoration of Driving Privileges
Information for persons who have had their Pennsylvania driver license suspended and want to have their driving privileges restored.
Traffic and Motor Vehicle Information
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation offers information about traffic and motor vehicle laws, licensing, restoration of licenses, and other motor vehicle issues.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Attorney Information and Status
Search for attorneys admitted to practice in Pennsylvania by name, attorney ID, city, and county. Results include attorney status and whether and attorney has been subject to discipline.
Complaints Against Attorneys
View instructions for filing a complaint against an attorney with the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. A link to the complaint form is included.
Complaints Against Judges
View information on filing a complaint against a Pennsylvania judge with the Judicial Conduct Board. A link to the complaint form is included.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection offers information about its services, including legal action based on complaints, a mediated restitution program, a specialized Health Care Section, and links to complaint forms and brochures.
Find Criminal Defense Attorneys
The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers offers an online directory search and links to criminal justice information.
Find Free Legal Assistance
Search for providers of free legal services by location and legal issue, or view a directory of providers in alphabetical order.
Free Civil Legal Help for Central Pennyslvania
MidPenn Legal Services provides free civil legal advice, counseling, and representation for income-eligible residents of some central Pennsylvania counties. Some offices offer legal advice by telephone as well as in-person assistance. Click "Staff/Locations" in the left column for a directory of local offices
Free Legal Help Locations
View a list of Pennsylvania legal services providers, or search for local agencies with an interactive map.
Lancaster County Bad Check Restitution and Prosecution
The Lancaster County District Attorney's Office offers information about its Bad Check Restitution Program, with instructions for filing a report, eligibility criteria, tips for merchants, required forms, and a link to online filing for victims and online payments for check writers. A victim telephone hotline is also provided.
Lancaster County Lawyer Referral
The Lancaster County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone. The referral fee includes an initial consultation with a lawyer.
Lancaster County Public Defender
View information about the Lancaster County Public Defender's Office, which provides free legal representation for indigent defendants facing possible incarceration.
Lancaster County Victim and Witness Help
The Lancaster County District Attorney's Office Victim & Witness Services program provides crime victims and witnesses with court handbooks, a description of the court process, case status notification, court accompaniment, counseling, referrals, and assistance with applications for return of property and victims' compensation. See links in the left column for additional information about child abuse cases, restitution, victims' compensation, and victims' rights.
Lawyer Referral Services
The Pennsylvania Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service and lists local lawyer referral services by county.
Forms and related information
Consumer Complaint Forms
The Pennsylvania Attorney General offers online and printable complaint forms including consumer, do not call, spam and junk mail, health care, insurance fraud, elder abuse, civil rights, and charity.
Forms and Instructions
View and download various civil, criminal, expungement, landlord-tenant, record request, protection from abuse, Orphans' Court, dependency, and other forms for use in Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial District Court. Some form instructions are included.
Lancaster County Courts Self-Help Forms and Information
View and download various form packets and instructions for use in Lancaster County courts from the Lancaster County Court Self Help Center. Links to additional information about emancipation of minors and guardianships are in the left column.
Online fine payments
Pay Court of Common Pleas, Magisterial District Court, and Philadelphia Municipal Court Fines, Costs, and Restitution
Pay Court of Common Pleas, Magisterial District Court, and Philadelphia Municipal Court fines, costs, and restitution online by citation number, payment plan number, docket number, or name. Additional search options include court type, offense date, year filed, date of birth, case type, case number, county, and court office. A convenience fee applies.