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Traffic cases are summary offenses initiated by a traffic citation issued by a law enforcement officer, handed to the defendant (when possible), and then filed in the court.
Non-traffic criminal cases are summary offenses initiated by a law enforcement officer. Non-traffic citations are issued for violations of State criminal statutes and municipal ordinances.
A complaint can be filed privately by anyone other then law enforcement. While filed in Magisterial District Court, it may need approval by the District Attorney.
Civil claims seeking a monetary judgement not to exceed $12,000 can be filed in the magisterial district court. Defendants are entitled to file a cross-complaint to be heard at the same time.
A Landlord seeking possession of a property, and/or rent and damages not to exceed $12,000 can file the cases in the district court