Anticipating cuts in the budget for the state's judicial system, Schuylkill County President Judge William E. Baldwin has proposed revising the magisterial districts in the county and his plan is the one being accepted by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The plan calls for reducing the number of magisterial districts in the county from seven to six and realigning a number of existing districts.
Magisterial District 21-3-02 in Pottsville presided by District Judge Charles Moran is eliminated. Moran has resigned earlier for health reasons. This brings along re-alignment of his territory to other districts.
Magisterial District 21-3-01 in Port Carbon presided by District Judge Davod Platchco will gain Minersville and Norwegian Township and drop Mount Carbon Borough and North Manheim Township. The new alignment will be boroughs of New Philadelphia, Middleport, Minersville, Port Carbon, Mechanicsville and Saint Clair and townships of East Norwegian, Norwegian, New Castle, Blythe and Schuylkill.
Magisterial District 21-3-03 in Orwigsburg presided by District Judge James Ferrier will have North Manheim Township and West Penn Township added. The new alighnment is boroughs of Schuylkill Haven, Cressona, Auburn, Deer Lake, Landingville, Port Clinton, Orwigsburg and New Ringgold and townships of North Manheim, South Manheim, East Brunswick, West Brunswick and West Penn.
Magisterial District 21-3-04 in Tamaqua presided by District Judge Stephen J. Bayer loses Ryan and West Penn townships. New alighnment is boroughs of Coaldale, McAdoo and Tamaqua and townships of Rush, Kline and Walker.
Magisterial District 21-3-07 in Pottsville presided by District Judge James Riley will be changed to include all seven wards in the city of Pottsville and Mount Carbon.
Magisterial District 21-3-04 in Pine Grove presided by District Judge Carol A. Pancake has four townships added, Branch, Cass, Frailey and Reilly. The new alighnment is borough of Pine Grove, Tremont and Tower City and townships of Barry, Branch, Cass, Eldred, Frailey, Hegins, Hubley, Pine Grove, Porter, Reilly, Washington, Wayne and Upper Mahantongo.
Magisterial District 21-3-05 in Shenandoah presided by District Judge Anthony J. Kilker remains the same. Its district consists of boroughs of Mahanoy City, Shenandoah and Ringtown and townships of Delano, East Union, Mahanoy, North Union and Union.
Magisterial District 21-2-01 in Frackville has Ryan Township added. It has no permanent magistrate since District Judge Bernadette Nahas retired. The district consists of boroughs of Ashland, Gordon, Frackville, Girardville and Gilberton and townships of Butler Ryan and West Mahanoy.