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Magistrate Filing Costs and Fines for 2017

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | December 30, 2016

No. 1,294

The following costs and fines have been established by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for Magisterial District Judges beginning January 1, 2017.

  • 29.402. 42 Pa.C.S. § 1725.1. Costs.

 

(a) Civil cases. — In calendar year 2017, the costs to be charged by magisterial district judges in every civil case, except as otherwise provided in this section, shall be as follows:

 

(1) Actions involving $500 or less                        $51.50

 

(2) Actions involving more than $500

but not more than $2,000                              $69.00

 

(3) Actions involving more than $2,000

but not more than $4,000                              $86.00

 

(4) Actions involving between $4,001

and $12,000                                          $129.00

 

(5) Landlordtenant actions involving $2,000 or less      $77.50

 

(6) Landlordtenant actions involving more than $2,000

but not more than $4,000                              $94.50

 

(7) Landlordtenant actions involving more than $4,000

but not more than $12,000                            $129.00

 

(8) Order of execution                                    $39.00

 

(9) Objection to levy                                     $17.50

 

 

(10)   Reinstatement of complaint                           $9.00

 

(11)   Entering Transcript on Appeal or Certiorari          $4.50

 

Said costs shall not include, however, the cost of postage and registered mail which shall be borne by the plaintiff.

(a.1) Custody cases. — In calendar year 2017, the cost (in addition to the cost provided by general rule) to be charged by the court of common pleas shall be as follows:

 

(1) Custody cases, except as provided in section 1725(c)(2)(v)   $8.00

 

(b) Criminal cases. — In calendar year 2017, the costs to be charged by the minor judiciary or by the court of common pleas where appropriate in every criminal case, except as otherwise provided in this section, shall be as follows:

 

(1) Summary conviction, except motor vehicle cases   $49.00

 

(2) Summary conviction, motor vehicle cases, other

than paragraph (3)                               $39.00

 

(3) Summary conviction, motor vehicle cases,

hearing demanded                                 $47.00

 

(4) Misdemeanor                                      $56.00

 

(5) Felony                                           $64.50

 

Such costs shall not include, however, the cost of postage and registered mail which shall be paid by the defendant upon conviction.

(c) Unclassified costs or charges. — In calendar year 2017, the costs to be charged by the minor judiciary in the following instances not readily classifiable shall be as follows:

 

(1) Entering transcript of judgment from another member

of the minor judiciary                                     $9.00

 

(2) Marrying each couple, making record thereof, and

certificate to the parties                                $43.00

 

(3) Granting emergency relief pursuant to 23 Pa.C.S. Ch. 61

(relating to protection from abuse)                       $17.50

 

(4) Issuing a search warrant (except as provided in

subsection (d))                                           $17.50

 

 

(5) Any other issuance not otherwise provided in this

subsection                                                $17.50

 

 

  • 29.403 42 Pa.C.S. § 3571.

 

In calendar year 2017, Commonwealth portion of fines, etc.

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(c) Costs in magisterial district judge proceedings.

(2) Amounts payable to the Commonwealth:

 

(i) Summary conviction, except motor vehicle cases       $17.10

 

(ii) Summary conviction, motor vehicle cases other than

subparagraph (iii)                                   $17.10

 

(iii) Summary conviction, motor vehicle cases,

hearing demanded                                     $17.10

 

(iv) Misdemeanor                                          $22.40

 

(v) Felony                                               $34.40

 

(vi) Assumpsit or trespass involving:

 

(A) $500 or less                                     $21.50

 

(B) More than $500 but not more than $2,000          $34.50

 

(C) More than $2,000 but not more than $4,000        $51.60

 

(D) Between $4,001 and $12,000                       $86.00

 

(vii) Landlordtenant proceeding involving:

 

(A) $2,000 or less                                   $34.50

 

(B) More than $2,000 but not more than $4,000        $42.95

 

(C) More than $4,000 but not more than $12,000       $60.20

 

(viii) Objection to levy                                     $8.75

 

(ix) Order of execution                                   $26.00

 

(x) Issuing a search warrant (except as provided in

section 1725.1(d)(relating to costs))                $12.25

 

(xi) Order of possession                                  $15.00

 

 

(xii) Custody cases (except as provided in

section 1725(c)(2)(v))                                $6.40

 

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