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MDC 23-0-01
Magisterial District Court #: MDC 23-0-01
 
Address:
633 Court Street
Reading, PA 19601
 
Phone: 610-478-6456
Fax: 610-478-6607
 
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Below please find a summary describing MDJ and staff coverage in the Berks County Central Arraignment Court (Night Court/Magisterial District 23-0-01) beginning October 1, 2022:


MDJ Coverage in BCCAC:

Weekdays:

  • The duty MDJ will work from 7 PM to midnight (personally present in the BCCAC or available via video conferencing) and then remain on-call until 3 AM (if called, the MDJ may report to the BCCAC or be available via video conferencing).

Weekends or holidays:   

  • The on-call duty MDJ will be available from 9 AM to 7 PM and 7 PM to 3 AM the following day (if called, the on-call MDJ may report to the BCCAC or be available via video conferencing).

 

Staff coverage in the BCCAC will be as follows:

Weekdays:

  • ​​​7 PM – 3 AM (employee is personally present in the BCCAC). 

Weekends or holidays:

 

  • 9 AM – 7 PM on-call shift.
  • 7 PM – 3 AM (employee is personally present in the BCCAC).

 

 

 

 

* When the MDJ and staff are on-call, please contact 911 Communications to reach the on-call duty MDJ for an emergency.

 

At such times when the Berks County Central Arraignment Court (Night Court/Magisterial District 23-0-01) is open and the issuing authority is either present or on-call, the following matters are deemed emergencies and are to be brought before the BCCAC:

 

 

​1.  Emergency petitions brought under the Protection From Abuse Act.

 

 

2.  Emergency petitions brought under the Older Adult Protective Services Act.

 

3.  Arraigning defendants and setting bail in court cases.

 

4.  Issuing arrest warrants pursuant to Pa.R.Crim.P. No. 509.

 

5.  Issuing search warrants pursuant to Pa.R.Crim.P. 200 and Pa.R.Crim.P. 203.

 

Deposits of bail will be accepted in the magisterial district courts Monday – Friday during regular business hours and in the Berks County Central Arraignment Court Sunday - Saturday from 7 PM – Midnight.​

 
 
Magisterial District Judge: Central Arraignment Court
 
 
 
 
Magisterial District Office