Governor Rendell signed HB 2172 on November 23, 2010. This bill raises the jurisdictional limits of magisterial district courts from $8,000.00 to $12,000.00 in civil cases, exclusive of interest and costs. As in the past, a Plaintiff may waive that much of his/her claim to bring the case into the district magistrate court, but will not be limited to that amount on appeal should a defendant appeal.
It is believed that this new jurisdictional limit goes into effect in 60 days, i.e. around January 22, 2011.
I send thanks to District Magistrate Justice James A. Gibbons, Esquire of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania for this tip.