Matthew Honeyman, facilities manager of special courts for Montgomery County’s District Justice Administration, said the consolidation is part of a county magisterial district realignment that will result in the elimination of the Hatboro court.
“This is happening,” said Honeyman.
He added that Montgomery County reviews the court system once every ten years.
While there was no official announcement from Montgomery County on the realignment plan, it has been posted on the county’s website.
Additionally, a Magisterial District Re-establishment Plan had been sent by Montgomery County Deputy Court Administrator John Savoth to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts in Philadelphia.
The plan notes that while Montgomery County has 30 Magisterial Districts, neighboring Bucks, Delaware, Chester, and Lancaster counties average 21 districts. The plan would leave 17 districts untouched, make boundary realignments to 12, and eliminate the one with the Hatboro court.
“This proposed change will create a more equitable balance between this court and adjacent districts,” said the county in the plan.
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