Wayne County's Magisterial District Judge positions will be reduced by one effective Jan. 1, 2014.
Following the retirement of Judge Jane E. Farrell at the end of this year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered the consolidation of the Magisterial District Court 22-3-03 into the remaining three districts.
This development follows a directive from the Supreme Court in which an assessment of population trends and comparative caseloads was completed in 2012 and counties were ordered to eliminate positions via normal attrition, i.e. retirements or deaths.
Magisterial Judge Farrell was originally appointed the position in 1986 and was elected in 1988 and subsequently re-elected to six year terms following. The district is comprised of the following municipalities: Waymart and Prompton Boroughs and the townships of Canaan, South Canaan, Lake and Clinton.
On Jan. 1, 2014 these municipalities will be realigned into the remaining districts' courts.
Lake Township has been assigned to District 22-3-01, the jurisdiction of Magisterial District Judge Bonnie Carney, the main office located in Hawley and satellite offices in Hamlin and Gouldsboro.
Waymart and Prompton Boroughs and Canaan and South Canaan Townships have been assigned to District 22-3-02, the jurisdiction of Magisterial Judge Ted Mikulak with offices located in Honesdale. Clinton Township has been assigned to District 22-3-04, the jurisdiction of Magisterial District Judge Ronald Edwards.
In order to provide a more equitable distribution of workloads, municipalities not directly impacted by the retirement of Farrell also had to be re-aligned. Dyberry and Berlin Townships and Bethany Borough, previously under the jurisdiction of 22-3-02 (Mikulak) have been re-assigned to 22-3-04 (Edwards).
Judge Edwards' primary office in Lakewood is in the process of re-locating to the O'Neill Store on Route 247 in Pleasant Mount Township. Maps of the former districts and re-aligned districts may be viewed on the Wayne County website at www.co.wayne.pa.us using links for "Departments," "Court of Common Pleas," then "Maps" at bottom of the Common Pleas page.
Any questions or concerns may be directed to Court Administrator Linus H. Myers at 570-253-0101.