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The Municipal Court

The Seal of the Philadelphia Municipal Court

Welcome to the Philadelphia Municipal Court. Our court handles criminal, civil, and traffic cases. You can see more details below. If you are looking for information on a case in Common Pleas Court, please visit the Court of Common Pleas.


Divisions of the Municipal Court

Find where your case belongs and take your next step

Civil Division

The Civil Division deals with civil cases. Civil cases involve a conflict between people or organizations such as businesses. Personal injury, and contract disputes are a few examples of civil cases. In the Civil Division, the Municipal Court deals with Landlord and Tenant cases, Small Claims cases up to $12,000, and Code Enforcement cases up to $15,000.

Criminal Division

The Criminal Division of Municipal Court processes all arrests in Philadelphia County. Summary and misdemeanor trials are held in the Municipal Court, as well as felony case preliminary hearings. After the preliminary hearings in the Municipal Court, many felony cases move on to the Common Pleas Court for trial.

Traffic Division

The Traffic Division of the Municipal Court deals with city vehicle laws. Vehicle laws involve things like speeding or driving with a broken headlight. The Traffic Division does not deal with parking tickets. It also does not deal with more serious crimes like driving under the influence (DUIs) or red-light camera tickets.


Legal Language 101

Learn common court words and legal terms with this short video

Legal Language 101

Learn common court words and legal terms with this short video


About the Municipal Court

The Philadelphia Municipal Court has 27 law trained judges that deal with criminal cases, civil cases involving Landlord and Tenant cases, Small Claims cases up to $12,000 dollars and Code Enforcement cases up to $15,000, and traffic cases.

The Philadelphia Municipal Court’s President Judge is Judge Patrick F. Dugan. He was elected as President Judge of the Philadelphia Municipal Court in January 2019.