Lancaster Courts
Lancaster Courts

Lancaster Courts

The Lancaster County Court system is part of the larger state court system. Our County courts include the first two levels in our state system:

  • Magisterial District Courts
  • the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas

Magisterial Courts are the lowest court level in the state system.  They handle:

  • Criminal arraignments and bail hearings in most criminal cases
  • Less serious criminal and civil cases
  • Traffic/parking cases.

Courts of Common Pleas are the main trial courts in our system.  They handle:

  • More serious criminal and civil cases
  • Family law cases
  • Appeals from Magisterial District Courts


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