– Effective January 22, 2011, the Pennsylvania magisterial courts raised the maximum amount to file against a defendant in a civil complaint from $8,000 to $12,000.  This change encompasses magisterial courts throughout Pennsylvania.

On November 23, 2010 the Harrisburg legislature passed the law to enable magistrate courts to increase these amounts.

The filing fees will remain the same.  Fees are available by requesting them from the individual magisterial court in your district.

Written by Marilyn R. Lesoine, Administrative Assistant with NEPA Management Associates located at 304 Park Avenue, Stroudsburg.  NEPA is one of the largest property management companies in Northeast Pennsylvania and is under the direction of Thomas R. Wilkins, CEO.  NEPA handles approximately 20 associations, which include Property Owners Associations, condominium complexes and town-home communities.  The NEPA Management office is open 7 days a week.  Learn more about them at