Magisterial district judges (MDJs) are the lowest level of judge, and in fact, do not even have to be lawyers. Despite that, they are some of the most powerful people in the criminal legal system. They decide who has to make bail and the amount of that bail. They also decide who gets arrested for not paying their fines and fees.
MDJs have such a low profile despite the power they wield. That’s why the ACLU of Pennsylvania sent a questionnaire to incumbent MDJs and challengers so that voters will know exactly where candidates stand when they vote in the May 18 primary and in the general election on November 4.
You can see whether each MDJ completed our questionnaire on their individual pages below. There is also contact information for each MDJ.