Pennsylvania Statutes Title 35 P.S. Health and Safety § 521.20. Penalties, prosecutions and disposition of fines

(a) Any person who violates any of the provisions of this act or any regulation shall, for each offense, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding before any magistrate, alderman or justice of the peace   1 in the county wherein the offense was committed, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25) and not more than three hundred dollars ($300), together with costs, and in default of payment of the fine and costs, to be imprisoned in the county jail for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days.

(b) Prosecutions may be instituted by the department, by a local board or department of health or by any person having knowledge of a violation of any provisions of this act or any regulation.

(c) Any fine imposed for a violation occurring in a municipality which has its own local board or department of health shall be paid to the municipality.  Any fine imposed for a violation occurring in a municipality served by a county department of health shall be paid to the county wherein the offense was committed.  All other fines shall be paid into the General Fund of the Commonwealth.  This disposition of fines shall be controlling regardless of the party instituting the prosecution.

1 Reference to “justice of the peace” deemed to be reference to a magisterial district judge, pursuant to 2004, Nov. 30, P.L. 1618, No. 207, § 28(1).

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