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Manuscript Group 477
RECORDS OF THE SPECIAL COURT JUDGES ASSOCIATION OF PENNSYLVANIA
1931-2009
7.25 cubic feet



The Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania (SCJAP) is the private, professional organization representing Magisterial District Judges, Municipal Court Judges of Philadelphia, and Traffic Court Judges of Philadelphia. The Association began its existence as the Pennsylvania Assocation of Courts of Initial Jurisdiction, which was founded in 1973 after the merger of its two predecessor organizations, the Pennsylvania Magistrates Association and the District Justice of the Peace Association. The SCJAP was created to, according to its by-laws, "foster, promote and advance, without becoming involved in partisan politics of any kind, the study and application of the laws pertaining to, administered by and affecting Special Court Judges, the proper observance of judicial ethics and moral obligations by and among such officers and members, the dissemination of legal and other information for the better performance of the duties of such offices, and for social purposes provided in the non-profit corporation."

The collection contains a number of administrative files, as well as publications produced by the Judges Association and its predecessor organizations. Correspondence, general administrative files, meeting minutes, copies of the SCJAP's newsletter The Journal, bound volumes of the Pennsylvania Magistrates' Reporter, as well as files relative to the Association's yearly conferences are included.

See also related records of the Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania in Record Group 62, Records of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System.



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