District Judge - Beth Scagline Mills

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 Beth Scagline Mills is the District Judge for Judicial District 05-2-26; this District includes Forward Township, Elizabeth Township, Elizabeth Borough, and West Elizabeth Borough.    

As of the beginning of June 2008 the offices of the District Judge will be located on Route 51 in Forward Township (in the space previously occupied by Curves).  Mail to the District Judge should now be addressed as follows: 

Beth Scagline Mills
Magisterial District Judge  05-2-26
2611 Hayden Blvd., Ste #3
Route 51 North
Elizabeth,  Pennsylvania  15037

Her new telephone number is 412-382-3050 and the Fax is 412-382-3052.  Click here for an aerial map showing the location of the Judge's new office.   Click here to get directions to the Judge's office from MapQuest.

Term of Office:  Beth won on both the Democratic and Republican ballots in May of 2007, so she was nominated to the position of Magisterial District Judge by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate on June 29, 2007. She was sworn in by Allegheny County President Judge James on July 19, 2007. Her current term of office began on January 4, 2008 and extends to the first Monday in January of 2014.  

Election & Results:  In the 2007 Primary Election the six candidates for District Judge conducted the most hotly contested election campaign seen in the District in recent years, however,  Beth received more votes than the other five candidate combined on both the Democratic and Republican ballots. This overwhelming Primary Election victory was a key factor in the Governorís decision to have her start working as a District Judge before her official term of office began. The Pennsylvania Constitution requires that District Judges either successfully pass the Pennsylvania Bar Examination or, before taking office, complete a Course and successfully pass an examination. Because Beth is a licensed attorney, she was eligible and certified to take office immediately.

Qualifications:  Beth graduated from Elizabeth Forward High School, cum laude, in 1983. She then received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College in 1987, and a juris doctorate degree from and Pepperdine University School of Law in 1990.  She is a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Other InformationShe is a lifelong resident of the District and has been married to her husband, David Mills, for fifteen [15] years.  She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the EF Student Aid Fund, EF Alumni and Friends Association, WomansPlace and the Round Hill Cemetery Association.  She also acts as a Merit Badge Counselor for the Boy Scouts.

 

Other Services Provided:   Beth performs weddings and notary services, free of charge.  She is also willing to speak to your organization concerning topics of legal or local interest.

 

 

THE DISTRICT JUDGE POSITION

        The District Judge position is often the first, and possibly the only, contact that individuals have with the Court System. Most court cases that affect your daily life, start and end at the Magisterial District Judge level, i.e., driving violations, municipal ordinance violations, civil and criminal matters.

Following is a brief history of the office of District Judge extracted & summarized from the report of the "Intergovernmental Task Force to Study the District Justice System", which can be found at the following website on page viii:  http://www.courts.state.pa.us/Index/Supreme/DJSTaskForce/01cover.pdf

Like every other state court system in the United States, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's judiciary has a hierarchical structure. While the pinnacle of the Commonwealth's judicial system is the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the foundation is its minor judiciary, also known as the special courts.  The largest component of the minor judiciary is the district justice system. Other courts of the minor judiciary include the Philadelphia Municipal Court, the Philadelphia Traffic Court and the Pittsburgh Magistrates Court.

District justices, also known as justices of the peace, have been a part of the Pennsylvania judicial system since 1776. Under the 1776 Constitution, justices of the peace were elected to seven-year terms by the freeholders of each city and county.   In 1790, the Pennsylvania Constitution changed so that justices of the peace were appointed by the governor for life. This was changed again in 1838, when the Constitution called for an elective system.  Since that time, justices of the peace have been chosen through local elections. From 1838 until 1874, justices of the peace served five-year terms. Since 1874, the term of office for justices of the peace has been six-years.

In 1968, the Pennsylvania Constitution was rewritten.  The Pennsylvania General Assembly initially set classes of magisterial districts, 42 Pa.C.S. ß1502, however, the Supreme Court is authorized to revise the number, boundaries and classes of magisterial districts within each judicial district in the year following the decennial federal census and as required for the efficient administration of justice.

This position is now referred to as Magisterial District Judge.

 

 

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Date This Page Last Updated:   06/07/2008

 

 

 

 

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Forward Township, Township of Forward, Beth Scagline Mills, Beth Mills, Bunola, Gallatin, Sunnyside, Gallatin Sunnyside, Ella Hollow, Pangburn Hollow, River Hill, Axelton, David Magiske, Thomas DeRosa, Thomas Headley, Chief Thomas Staley, Forward Township Police, Minutes of Forward Township Supervisor Meetings, Forward Township Taxes, Meganís Law in Forward Township, History of Forward Township, Ronald Necciai, Gallatin Sunnyside Soccer, Building Permits in Forward Township, History of Forward Township, Forward Township Real Estate Tax Collector, Forward Township Code Enforcement Officer, Michael Stack, Mercantile Tax in Forward Township, Per capita Tax in Forward Township, Occupation Privilege Tax in Forward Township, Earned Income Tax in Forward Township, Building Permit Fee in Forward Township, Forward township J. Barry Stout, Forward Township David Levdansky, Forward township Tim Murphy, Forward Township John P. Murtha, Forward Township Arlen Specter, forward township Robert P. Casey, To determine the name of your Representative, Senator Arlen Specter in Forward Township, Manown in Forward Township, Mentor in Forward Township,  This is the informational page for the Township of Forward, www.elizabethboro.com/html/forward_township