Responding to a Citation
Defendants have 10 days after receiving a citation from an officer or summons from the court to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Failure to respond will result in the issuance of an arrest warrant.
Responding to a Civil Complaint
Carefully road and follow all instructions that come from the court, and respond with your intent to defend or cross-complaint within the time frame permitted.
If you are a plaintiff or a defendant in any of these cases before a magisterial district court, it is not required that you be represented bye an attorney. However, if you feel it is your best interest to be represented, you may hire an attorney. If you need assistance, you can call the Pennsylvania Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service toll free at 800-692-7375, or check your local Bar Association or yellow pages.
Magisterial District Court is often referred to as "the people's court," and it is typically less formal then the higher courts. If you care coming to court to attend or participate in a hearing, proper attire is recommended and respectful conduct is expected.