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​Central Court

Central Court was established in June, 1996, by former President Judge Clarence C. Morrison. It began as a demonstration project with the purpose of expediting preliminary hearings involving prisoners, reducing the transport of prison inmates, and the conducting of hearings in a more secure facility. At that time, the Administrative Office of the PA Courts approved the use of Senior Magisterial District Judges to hold court four sessions per month. In April 1999, Central Court added a full-time coordinator and expanded its sessions to twelve per month. Today, Central Court is in session nearly every business day, with the exception of criminal court week, and its caseload rivals that of a small district justice office. 

William Rathfon 
Senior Magisterial 
District Judge 


Edward Williams 
Senior Magisterial 
District Judge 


Samuel J. Magaro 
Senior Magisterial 
District Judge 


Bob Yanich 
Senior Magisterial 
District Judge

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