About the Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania
The Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania was incorporated on May 17, 1976 and is commonly referred to as the SCJAP.
The purpose of the organization is to foster, promote and advance, without becoming involved in partisan politics of any kind, the study and application of the laws pertaining to, administered by and affecting Special Court Judges, the proper observance of judicial ethics and moral obligations by and among such offices and members, the dissemination of legal and other information for the better performance of the duties of such offices, and for the social purposes as provided in the non-profit corporation.
Membership consists of Magisterial District Judges, Senior Magisterial District Judges, Philadelphia Municipal Court Judges, Senior Municipal Court Judges, Retired Magisterial District Judges and Retired Municipal Court Judges.
The Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania is divided into twelve (12) districts composed of the following:
District No. 1
District No. 2
District No. 3
District No. 4
District No. 5
District No. 6
District No. 7
District No. 8
District No. 9
District No. 10
District No. 11
District No. 12
Pursuant to the authority set forth in 42 Pa.C.S.A, § 1728, the Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania (“SCJAP”) has been designated by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as the association that is most broadly representative of the Magisterial District Judges of this Commonwealth. The SCJAP is also being designated as the association that is most broadly representative of the judges of the Philadelphia Municipal Court as to matters that do not fall within those judges’ representation by the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges.
Magisterial District Judges (MDJs)
Special Court Judges in Pennsylvania
- 510 Magisterial District Judges (MDJs)
- 83 Senior Magisterial District Judges
- 27 Philadelphia Municipal Court Judges (PMCJs)
- 4 Senior Philadelphia Municipal Court Judges
- MDJs receive a total of 19,040 hours of Continuing Legal Education Annually
- Phila MCJs receive a total of 372 hours of Continuing Legal Education Annually
Located Across PA
- Population of 12.8 Million People
- 67 Counties
- 2,561 Municipalities
- 1,546 Townships
- 958 Boroughs
- 56 Cities
Approximate Annual Case Filings
For PA Magisterial District Judges
- 2,800,000 New Case Filings
- 207,000 Criminal Cases
- 130,000 Civil Cases
- 97,000 Landlord/Tenant Cases
- 1,570,000 Traffic Cases
- 238,000 Non-Traffic Cases
- 7,000 Emergency PFAs
Magisterial Judges in PA collect annually
- $180 Million Disbursed to State
- $44 Million Disbursed to Counties
- $34 Million Disbursed to Local Municipalities
- $4 Million Disbursed to Victims for Restitution
- $870,000 Credit for Community Service
SCJAP Past Presidents
|2022 – 2023||William J. Kissner|
|2021 – 2022||Susan Mankamyer|
|2020 – 2021||Daniel E. Baranoski|
|2019 – 2020||Michael J. Defino, Jr.|
|2018 – 2019||Michael J. Cabry, III|
|2017 – 2018||John H. Fishel|
|2016 – 2017||Suzanne C. Mack|
|2015 – 2016||Joseph D. Homanko, Sr.|
|2014 – 2015||Thomas G. Miller|
|2013 – 2014||Frank Peranteau, Sr.|
|2012 – 2013||Joseph S. Lindsey|
|2011 – 2012||Carmine W. Prestia, Jr.|
|2010 – 2011||Mark A. Bruno|
|2009 – 2010||Donna R. Butler|
|2008 – 2009||Isaac H. Stoltzfus|
|2007 – 2008||Fred A. Pierantoni, III|
|2006 – 2007||Richard G. King|
|2005 – 2006||James K. Reiley|
|2004 – 2005||Martin R. Kane|
|2003 – 2004||Richard M. Cappelli|
|2002 – 2003||Jay H. Weller|
|2001 – 2002||M. Kay Dubree|
|2000 – 2001||Edward M. Lewis|
|1999 – 2000||Samuel J. Magaro|
|1998 – 1999||Linda M. Baumunk|
|1997 – 1998||Charles A. Clement, Jr.|
|1996 – 1997||Catherine Hummel Fried|
|1995 – 1996||Daniel George|
|1994 – 1995||Dennis R. Joyce|
|1993 – 1994||Mary Jane Fuller|
|1992 – 1993||Sherwood Grigg|
|1991 – 1992||C. Roger McRae|
|1990 – 1991||John T. Sachaezenski|
|1989 – 1990||Kevin R. Dwyer|
|1987 – 1989||Andrew Barilla, Jr.|
|1985 – 1987||John T. Jeffers|
|1983 – 1985||James Russo|
|1981 – 1983||Anthony Truscello|
|1980 – 1981||Harry Randall|
|1979 – 1980||Richard Reeser|
|1977 – 1979||Bernard J. Regan|
|1975 – 1977||Joseph J. Maura|
|1974 – 1975||Charles J. Francisus|
|1973 – 1974||Ralph Breneiser|
|1972 – 1973||John R. Blackman|
of the Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania
A new constitution is adopted in Pennsylvania that established new courts, the Magisterial District Courts, as part of the Unified Judicial System.
The Magistrates Association and the District Justice of the Peace Association of Pennsylvania merged and united as the Pennsylvania Association of Courts of Initial Jurisdiction.
Name changed to the Association to the Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania (SCJAP).
The SCJAP adopted Bylaw amendments which formed the foundation of the Association.
The SCJAP secured membership in the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union for the Special Court Judges.
Modernized the magisterial district courts with the development and implementation of the statewide computer system.
Accomplished the goal of equalizing pay for all district justices and secured a cost of living allowance for salaries.
The Association launched its website for members.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Association acted as a source of information on many of the aspects of the pandemic that affected court operations.