Wayne Seibel, Magisterial District Judge
202 East Main Street
Evans City, PA 16033-0157
Magisterial District Courts which are mandated pursuant to Article V Section 7 of the Pennsylvania Constitution are the first level of courts under the Unified Judicial System. For many Pennsylvanians, District Courts are the first and only court they will experience. There are approximately 550 District Courts in Pennsylvania. My district is one of seven for Butler County. Under a 2003 realignment of the District Courts, two more districts were added to Butler County. One of those additions being my Court, 50-3-06, which split Magisterial District Judge Streib’s district in two and the separation of Butler Township and Butler City into separate districts.
District Courts have original jurisdiction over all summary offenses including, but not limited to, traffic offenses, disorderly conduct, harassment, bad checks, etc. They have jurisdiction over all criminal matters for the purpose of setting bail, except for murder and voluntary manslaughter, presiding over preliminary hearings, accepting pleas on certain misdemeanor offenses, and issuing warrants. District Courts preside over summary offenses for juveniles in such areas as truancy, underage drinking, retail theft, etc.
District Courts have original jurisdiction over all landlord and tenant disputes as well as civil actions where the amount claimed does not exceed $12,000. District Judges may also preside over marriage ceremonies and oaths of office.
District Court 50-3-06 is located at 202 East Main Street, Evans City. This District contains the following municipalities: TOWNSHIPS of Adams, Connoquenessing, Forward, Jackson and Lancaster and BOROUGHS of Callery, Connoquenessing, Evans City, Harmony, Mars, Valencia and Zelienople.
Magisterial District Judge Seibel is a 30 year veteran of police service, 25 of that being with Jackson Township Police. He holds an associates degree from Butler County Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also is a Criminal Justice Instructor certified through IUP and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He has 25 years of service with Harmony Volunteer Fire Company and was active as an EMT in the fire companies’ ambulance service and that with Harmony EMS.
It is his pleasure and honor to continue to serve the people of his district that reside in his district since 2004.