Magisterial District Judge Jennifer J. Rega was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System after successfully completing continuing legal education coursework.
Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, the educational program for magisterial district judges is held in Harrisburg. Continuing education coursework is required by statute of each of the more than 500 Pennsylvania magisterial district judges, with approximately 50 judges attending one of 13 such classes during each academic year.
The weeklong instructional program is designed to ensure that magisterial district judges remain current in a variety of legal topics and management techniques required to fairly adjudicate cases and effectively supervise a district court office.
Included in this year’s curriculum are updates on the vehicle code, civil law update, landlord/tenant law, local ordinances, home improvement and RV parks, commercial sexual exploitation/human trafficking, Act 112 procedures, penalties and alternative sentencing for youth and tobacco cases, ethics, understanding criminal history for purposes of setting/amending bail, electronic monitoring and modes of bail, internal controls, restitution, expungements, out of county warrants and indirect criminal complaint warrants, criminal law update, notarizing protocol and home improvement fraud act, case file destruction, public access, abandonment, default procedures and right to counsel in summary dispositions, bankruptcy, computer facilitated crimes and truancy update, judges’ concerned for judges, and sexting, cyber-bullying and viral shaming.