Morgan to be sworn in as York City judge

Greg Gross

James Morgan will be sworn in as a York City district judge Wednesday, more than a month after he should have taken the bench.

He 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.

Now Morgan will be sworn in by York County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Joseph C. Adams during a public ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the county judicial center, 45 N. George St., according to Paul Crouse, the district court administrator.

Morgan will assume judge duties immediately, Crouse said in an email.

The law: 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, according to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, which administers the test.

He is a former York City police officer and two-term member of the York City school board and was elected judge of District Court 19-1-02, 1215 Roosevelt Ave., in November after former district judge Richard Martin retired. 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.

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