Municipal Court - Criminal Division

The Municipal Court Criminal Division is the court for trials of misdemeanor cases and felony case preliminary hearings. All the 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.

MUNICIPAL COURT CRIMINAL COURTROOMS ARE LOCATED IN THE STOUT CENTER FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND IN SEVERAL POLICE DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA

Municipal Court - Criminal Division
Supervising Judge
Honorable Frank T. Brady
City Hall
Room 440
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: (215) 686-7036
FAX: (215) 686-9503

Deputy Court Administrator, Municipal Court - Criminal Division
Kathleen Rapone
The Stout Center for Criminal Justice
Room 208
1301 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: Phone 215 683-7290
FAX: FAX 215 683-7293

The criminal listings unit assists in providing access to justice through effective management of trial, preliminary hearing, hybrid and diversion program calendars. Through frequent contact with arraignment court staff, the judiciary, courtroom operations and attorneys, the department monitors calendars to ensure timely scheduling of cases. By approval of the President Judge, the department works closely with FJD and external criminal justice partners in the development and implementation of new initiatives to enhance case flow management.

Rita Crumlish, Director
The Stout Center for Criminal Justice
Room 206
1301 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: 215 683-7275

Jennifer Cantoral, Deputy Director
The Stout Center for Criminal Justice
Room 206
1301 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: 215 683-7297

The Criminal Coding unit is responsible for processing non-traffic summary citations issued in the City of Philadelphia. Summary offenses include but are not limited to retail theft, underage drinking and criminal trespass. Department clerks update hearing results to dockets; monitor courtroom calendars and answer inquiries from the public. Staff also work closely with the District Attorney’s Office to ensure timely notification of summary trial dates to appropriate law enforcement agencies.

Erin Renzi - Supervisor
The Stout Center for Criminal Justice
Room 206
1301 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: 215 683-7287

The criminal tipstaves are the key support staff in the effective operation of a criminal courtroom. General tipstaves are responsible for staffing criminal courtrooms in The Stout Center for Criminal Justice, as well as remote locations in courtrooms in police districts throughout the City of Philadelphia. Tipstaves are responsible for insuring trial and hearing lists are maintained in an efficient manner for the presiding judge. Tipstaves swear-in witnesses, mark evidence, guard entrances and exits, enforce rules and maintain the professional conduct of the courtroom. Tipstaves must maintain and report statistical data to insure adherence to caseflow management practices.

Maria Pugliese Chief, Courtroom Operations
The Stout Center for Criminal Justice
Room 401
1301 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: 215 683-7272

Municipal Court operates a 24 hour/7 day per week Preliminary Arraignment Courtroom. All adults arrested and charged with a felony or misdemeanor appear before a Bail Commissioner for a formal bail arraignment proceeding. The principal goal of bail is to insure a defendants appearance in court, while taking into account the safety of the community.

Philadelphia conducts video arraignments throughout the City using state-of-the-art videoconferencing technology. The hub of this operation, the courtroom, is located in the basement of the Stout Center for Criminal Justice. Remote sites are located at the Police Administration Building and police districts geographically located within the city.

The Stout Center for Criminal Justice
Room B-08
1301 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: (215) 683-7283

The Philadelphia Treatment Court, the first of its kind in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, represents the latest initiative in addressing the drug-involvement of the criminal justice population. It is premised on the notion that the courts need to deal with some of the root cases of criminal activity. The Treatment Court is designed as an alternative to and/or supplement to normal case processing to provide treatment to substance abusing defendants. The Treatment Court incorporates the dual aim of reducing a defendant's involvement in crime and their return to the criminal caseload and of increasing the chances that they can function more productively as citizens.

The Treatment Court model represents a new treatment structure which draws on a network of treatment services to respond to the clinically determined needs of participants and features a new and central role for the Treatment Court judge. This court serves as a hub for delivery of treatment and other supportive services to more fully address the range of treatment, health, housing, literacy, educational, and other social service needs presented by drug-involved defendants.

Treatment Court Coordinator
1401 Arch Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Telephone: (215) 683-3788
Fax: (215) 683-3792

This department processes private citizen's complaints when a crime is alleged without a police arrest. A vast majority of private criminal complaints involve disputes between family members or neighbors. Common misdemeanor cases involve simple assault, terroristic threats, bad checks and theft by deception. Individuals must file the complaint with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office located on the 4th floor of 1425 Arch St.. Cases are listed before a trial commissioner in the Stout Center for Criminal Justice where many are referred to the Dispute Resolution Unit for Arbitration. Cases that are not resolved at the Private Criminal Complaint level will be given a Municipal Court Criminal Division number and have a hearing before a Municipal Court Judge.

Individuals charged with a non-traffic summary offense are initially scheduled to appear for a status hearing in Municipal Court, where a trial commissioner explains options for case disposition. Staff assigned to this unit assist with case management of non-traffic summary matters

Rita Crumlish, Director
The Stout Center for Criminal Justice
Room 408
1301 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: (215) 683-7275

For general Court information, contact (215) 686-7000.

Contact

Business Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm
  • Bail Acceptance: Open 24 Hours