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James Morgan will soon take a seat on a district judge bench in York City after completing state certification requirements about a month after he was to be sworn into the post.

Morgan was to be sworn in with other county officials in early January but because he hadn't met the requirements, he wasn't eligible to serve.

Under Pennsylvania law, all incoming district judges who aren't attorneys must take a certification course and pass a corresponding test.

Morgan received his certification when he passed the test on Feb. 4, said Amy Kelchner, spokesman for the Administrative office of Pennsylvania Courts, which administers the test.

Swearing in: Exactly when Morgan will begin serving has yet to be determined.

Carl Lindquist, spokesman for York County, previously said Morgan would be sworn in and assume his judicial duties when the county receives verification that he met the requirements.

Lindquist referred questions to Paul Crouse, the county court administrator. Crouse couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

Morgan, a former York City police officer and two-term member of the York City school board, was elected judge of District Court 19-1-02, 1215 Roosevelt Ave., in November after former district judge Richard Martin retired last year. The district covers parts of the city, including the Avenues, Fireside and Colony Park areas.

Senior judges filled in at the office when the seat was vacant.

In Pennsylvania, district judges are paid $88,290 yearly.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.

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