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Municipal Court of Philadelphia

Authored By: Philadelphia Courts

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 $10,000 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.

Last Review and Update: May 26, 2020