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The Municipal Court

The Seal of the Philadelphia Municipal Court

The Philadelphia Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction with 27 law-trained Judges, and as such is responsible for trying criminal offenses carrying maximum sentences of incarceration of five years or less, civil cases where the amount in controversy is $12,000 or less for Small Claims; unlimited dollar amounts in Landlord and Tenant cases; and $15,000 in real estate and school tax cases.

The Philadelphia Municipal Court is headed by a President Judge. Judge Marsha H. Neifield, was elected as President Judge of the Philadelphia Municipal Court effective January 16, 2009.

Civil Division

The Municipal Court Civil Division is the jurisdiction for civil cases where the amount in controversy is $10,000 or less for Small Claims; unlimited dollar amounts in Landlord and Tenant cases; and $15,000 in real estate and school tax cases. The Honorable Bradley K. Moss serves as the Supervising Judge of the Civil Division of the Municipal Court.

Criminal Division

The Municipal Court Criminal Division is the court for summary and misdemeanor trials. Felony case preliminary hearings are also conducted there. All arrests made in Philadelphia County must at least initially be processed through Municipal Court. In criminal cases, this is the beginning of the court's involvement even if final disposition is not reached there. Many felony cases are eventually tried in Common Pleas Court following their preliminary hearings in Municipal Court. The Supervising Judge of the Criminal Division of the Municipal Court is the Honorable Frank R. Brady.

Traffic Division

The Traffic Division of the Municipal Court adjudicates violations of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code arising in the City of Philadelphia. The Traffic Division of Municipal Court was established by Act 17 of 2013 of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, which abolished the former Philadelphia Traffic Court and transferred its jurisdiction to the Municipal Court. The Honorable Gary S. Glazer is the Administrative Judge of the Traffic Division of the Municipal Court.

The President Judge of the Philadelphia Municipal Court, Honorable Marsha H. Neifield

PRESIDENT JUDGE
MUNICIPAL COURT

Honorable Marsha H. Neifield

The Philadelphia Municipal Court is headed by a President Judge. Judge Marsha H. Neifield, was elected as President Judge of the Philadelphia Municipal Court effective January 16, 2009.

Judge Neifield's chambers are located in The The Stout Center for Criminal Justice, 1301 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, Room 1303. She and her staff can be reached by phone at (215) 683-7200 or by FAX at (215) is 683-7203.

Contact

Business Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 8am to 5pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed