Philadelphia Voting Guide

The Philadelphia Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction, with 25 law-trained judges, and is responsible for trying criminal offenses carrying maximum sentences of incarceration of five years or less; civil cases in which the amount is $10,000 or less for Small Claims; unlimited dollar amounts in Landlord and Tenant cases; and $15,000 in real-estate and school-tax cases. The Municipal Court has initial jurisdiction in processing every adult criminal arrest in Philadelphia, and conducts preliminary hearings for most adult felony cases.