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Carbon magisterial districts to realign

Published March 15. 2013 05:03PM

The realignment of Carbon County's magisterial districts will take effect on July 1.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board released the ruling from the Supreme Court regarding the realignment of the district.

Under the Pennsylvania courts' codes, the president judge and court administrator for each county are required to review the census figures for the county; as well as look at caseloads and workloads of each of its magisterial district judges to see how they match up to other district judges in the county, as well as the state.

In Carbon County's case, last February, President Judge Roger Nanovic and Court Administrator Roberta Brewster, proposed moving a portion of Mahoning Township out of the Jim Thorpe magisterial district and East Penn Township out of the Palmerton district into Lansford District Judge Casimir Kosciolek's district.

The reason for the moves is because of the population growth in the county, and higher than normal caseloads in some in some district judges' offices.

Last year, the four district judges in the county handled 22,985 cases.

The realignment now evens out the caseloads and workloads for Judges Edward M. Lewis in Jim Thorpe, William J. Kissner in Palmerton, Joseph D. Homanko in Weatherly, and Kosciolek.

According to the Supreme Court order, the coverage area for each magisterial district will be as follows:

Magisterial District Judge Edward Lewis: Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Weissport, Mahoning Township's voting district Packerton/Jamestown, and Penn Forest Township.

Magisterial District Judge William Kissner: Bowmanstown, Palmerton, Parryville, Franklin Township, Lower Towamensing Township; and Towamensing Township.

Magisterial District Judge Casimir Kosciolek: Lansford, Nesquehoning, Summit Hill, East Penn Township, Mahoning Township voting districts Mahoning and New Mahoning.

Magisterial District Judge Joseph Homanko: Beaver Meadows, East Side Borough, Weatherly, Banks Township, Kidder Township, Lausanne Township, Lehigh Township, and Packer Township.

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