The state Supreme Court has approved a plan to reduce the number of district magisterial offices in Venango County from four to three.
The change will take effect in 2018, instead of the original target of 2015..
Under the move, the magisterial office in Emlenton will be eliminated, and the communities covered by the office will be transferred to the Seneca district. Venango County also has magisterial offices in Franklin and in Pleasantville.
Other changes will move business involving Oil City from the Seneca district court to Pleasantville. Sugarcreek Borough will be covered by Seneca, as opposed to Pleasantville. The Pleasantville office, though, may be moved to Rouseville or Cornplanter Township. No changes will affect the Franklin magisterial court.
The Supreme Court had been looking to reduce the number of magisterial offices around the state. One study estimated that Venango County could save more than $100,000 a year by the move.