Kosciolek recertified as magistrate
Magisterial District Judge Casimir Kosciolek was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work.
Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board (MJEB) and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), the educational program for Magisterial District Judges is held in Harrisburg.
The week-long instructional program is designed to ensure that 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 civil law, landlord/tenant law, criminal law update, state motor vehicle code update, overweight vehicles regulations and enforcement update, bail in domestic violence cases and protection from abuse; driver records; realigning a district court; ethics; elder law; MDJS technical update; help desk question and answer; legal advice v. procedural information; contempt, community service and fringe groups and legal representation; search warrants in the clouds, SORNA, and evidecne update and the darker side of social networking and its effect on the criminal justice system.
Continuing education course work is required by statute of each of the more than 500 magisterial judges, with about 50 district judges attending one of 13 such classes at some time during teach academic year.