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Summary Appeal - How to File

A Summary Appeal from summary Conviction may be filed in the Clerk of Courts office within 30 days from the date of the District Justice Hearing and/or decision. The 30 days includes Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Please be sure to calculate correctly for months with 31 days.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are appealing a license suspension contact the Prothonotary's office.

There is a $64.00 ($59.00 Filing fee + $5.00 automation fee) non-refundable filing fee that must accompany each appeal form. If you are found NOT GUILTY, any collateral money paid to the Magisterial District Justice will be refunded. In the event that your appeal is AMENDED or you remain GUILTY, you will be assessed a $32.00 hearing fee and $5.00 sheriff fee for hearing costs as well as a 3% administrative fee, plus any applicable costs of prosecution and you will be billed by mail. Monies paid to the District Court will be credited to your case. If payment is not received within 30 days, of the scheduled hearing date, this office will notify Penn Dot and they will suspend your license until notified by this office that all costs and fines have been paid in full.

You may appeal more than one citation per  form if the citations were all issued by the same officer at the same incident. Once the Appeal has been filed with the Clerk of Courts Office a Common Pleas Case number will be assigned and you will be notified within 4-6 weeks of your new hearing date.

For your convenience a link to the Department of Motor Vehicles is provided, an online service. 

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In the event that your citation has resulted in the suspension of your driving privileges, you may request in writing, a delay of suspension, revocation or disqualification until the outcome of your appeal hearing. You will be provided with a certified/time-stamped copy of your appeal form, which can be sent directly to:

Penn Dot
Correspondence Unit
PO Box 68618
Harrisburg, PA 17106
1-800-932-4600
https://www.penndot.gov/Pages/default.aspx

The following is the information necessary to complete the Notice of Appeal from Summary Criminal Conviction form:

*Issuing Authority Docket number.
*Citation number.
*Magisterial District number.
*Name and address of Police Officer.

*All of the above information can be obtained from the citation or by contacting the District Court.

Penndot Point Fact Sheet:

https://www.dot.state.pa.us/Public/DVSPubsForms/BDL/BDL%20Fact%20Sheets/fs-ps.pdf


Office of The Clerk of Courts
Mary K. Smithson, Clerk of Courts
Natalie Litchko , First Deputy
Allen Toadvine, Esq., Solicitor

Bucks County Justice Center
100 North Main Street
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901 
Phone: 215 348-6389
Fax: 267-885-1371
cocassociates@buckscounty.org