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Information on Magisterial District Judges in Elk and Cameron Counties.
The Philadelphia Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction and is responsible for trying criminal offenses carrying maximum sentences of incarceration of five years or less; civil cases where the amount in controversy is $12,000 or less for Small Claims; unlimited dollar amounts in Landlord and Tenant cases; and $15,000 in real estate and school tax cases. Municipal Court has initial jurisdiction in processing every criminal arrest in Philadelphia, and conducts preliminary hearings for all felony arrests.
The Pittsburgh Municipal Court comprises a Non-Traffic Division, Traffic Division and Criminal Division. Cases arise primarily within the corporate limits of Pittsburgh but also include preliminary hearings on all homicide cases that occur within Allegheny County.