AOPC - Attorney 1 (19-04)


April 15, 2019








Full-Time Hire



Starting Salary

$53,533 - $63,464


This is entry-level professional legal work, as counsel to AOPC’s Information Technology (IT) Department, providing oversight on matters relating to the Magisterial District Judge System (MDJS) an automated case management system used throughout the state for processing all cases filed in the magisterial district courts. The selected candidate will assist IT department staff to ensure that the MDJS remains in compliance with all applicable laws and legal procedural requirements, and respond to legal questions and issues. Work is performed independently under the direction of Senior Counsel for IT.

Primary Duties

  • Assists IT Helpdesk operators in responding to legal issues received from MDJS users.
  • Suggests and reviews potential modifications to the MDJS to ensure compliance with applicable laws and procedural requirements.
  • Responds to communications from magisterial district judges, members of their staff and other agencies and entities regarding the MDJS.
  • Analyzes legislation that could impact the Unified Judicial System and the AOPC. Monitors pending legislation of relevance to the MDJS and the IT department.
  • Serves as a liaison between the AOPC and numerous court-related organizations, including the Supreme Court of PA’s Minor Court Procedural Rules Committee. Participates in reviewing all rules recommendations to determine the impact on the automated systems.
  • Provides legal analysis to members of the Public Access unit in response to requests received by the AOPC to release information, as well as to questions regarding AOPC’s Public Access Policy.
  • Reviews requests for MDJS reports.
  • Ensures that the statewide Traffic and Non-Traffic citations are consistent with all relevant legal authority as well as managing the statewide contract for the printing of paper citations.
  • Assists the Chief Counsel as well as other IT Counsel on an as-needed basis, including serving as "back up" Counsel when needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an ABA-approved school of law; AND
  • Admission to and in good standing before the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Additional Requirements/Preferences

  • Satisfactory criminal background check required.
  • Applicants with experience practicing before Magisterial District Courts preferred.

Unified Judicial System Hiring Policy

The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania recruits, employs, and promotes the most qualified applicants without regard to their political affiliation, race, color, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, or other non-merit facts or considerations. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to applicants with disabilities as may be necessary to ensure that all applicants are given a fair and equal opportunity to compete for all employment positions. Applicants who need accommodation for an interview should request so in advance. UJS hiring and employment policies and procedures are intended to conform to all applicable state and federal laws governing fair and non-discriminatory hiring and employment practices and are subject to change as necessary to remain in compliance with such laws.

Applicants requiring accommodation, for any part of the application and/or interview process, should contact Human Resources at (717) 231-3309.