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    Default Magisterial District Office

    Is a Magisterial District office a prohibited carry place? I received a traffic citation the other day and the cop advised me I had to go to the office in person to find out how much the fee would be, it wasn’t sure if this was considered a courtroom facility and carry prohibited?

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    Yes it is. The definition of a Court Facility is as follows, straight from the statute:

    "Court facility."
    The courtroom of a court of record; a courtroom of a community court;
    the courtroom of a magisterial district judge
    ; a courtroom of the Philadelphia Municipal Court; a courtroom of the Pittsburgh Magistrates Court; a courtroom of the Traffic Court of Philadelphia; judge's chambers; witness rooms; jury deliberation rooms; attorney conference rooms; prisoner holding cells; offices of court clerks, the district attorney, the sheriff and probation and parole officers; and any adjoining corridors.

    Here's the whole section:

    https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/L...9.013.000..HTM

    ​Will they have storage facilities as required by the statute? Probably not.



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    Default Re: Magisterial District Office

    Quote Originally Posted by Statkowski View Post
    Will they have storage facilities as required by the statute? Probably not.
    This is the BS part. They don't have to comply with the law but we do. I doubt there are many magistrates if at all who DO have storage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Statkowski View Post
    Yes it is. The definition of a Court Facility is as follows, straight from the statute:

    "Court facility."
    The courtroom of a court of record; a courtroom of a community court;
    the courtroom of a magisterial district judge
    ; a courtroom of the Philadelphia Municipal Court; a courtroom of the Pittsburgh Magistrates Court; a courtroom of the Traffic Court of Philadelphia; judge's chambers; witness rooms; jury deliberation rooms; attorney conference rooms; prisoner holding cells; offices of court clerks, the district attorney, the sheriff and probation and parole officers; and any adjoining corridors.

    Here's the whole section:

    https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/L...9.013.000..HTM

    ​Will they have storage facilities as required by the statute? Probably not.


    Ok thanks, appreciate the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Statkowski View Post
    ​Will they have storage facilities as required by the statute? Probably not.
    Maybe. The court I work out of has one lockbox in the lobby for firearms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t1066 View Post
    Maybe. The court I work out of has one lockbox in the lobby for firearms.
    Are you the reason why its there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Gixxer View Post
    This is the BS part. They don't have to comply with the law but we do. I doubt there are many magistrates if at all who DO have storage.
    They do have to comply, but many don't.

    About 1/2 the ones I've been in had storage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Royinmontco View Post
    Are you the reason why its there?
    Nope. I'm happy to say that it was already there the first time I showed up to introduce myself as a newly certified constable, just under 4 years ago.

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    Actually, the MDJ has very little say over the issue. The person you have to go after is the county's Court Administrator. Might even require a Writ of Mandamus to get it enforced. Of course, if the county administrators don't give the court administrator the funding for such........

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    The ones I have personally been to, do have storage.
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