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    Pennsylvania Courts Release New Video Providing Civics Refresher on the Courts

    Pennsylvania Courts today released Pennsylvania Justice – Understanding the Courts, a fast-paced, animated video that describes the role and work of the courts.

    “Facilitating access to justice and protecting the rights and liberties of individuals is the highest priority of Pennsylvania’s courts,” said Court Administrator of Pennsylvania Tom Darr. “The video serves as a refresher on the role and structure of the courts, while enhancing the civics and government curriculum taught to secondary-education students across Pennsylvania.”

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    Wiping the slate clean

    Clean Slate is a new law in Pennsylvania designed to automatically seal certain criminal history information. The new law goes into effect June 28.

    Under the Law, criminal history information pertaining to eligible “non-violent” criminal and summary records and non-conviction records will be automatically shielded from public view.

    Pennsylvania is proud to be a national leader in these efforts.

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    Language access coordinators

    Language Access Coordinators oversee the provision of language access services in their judicial districts in compliance with all applicable laws and the district’s policy. Contact these individuals if you wish to request an interpreter for your case or need assistance obtaining information in your language about court services in that particular district.

    Coordinadores de acceso lingüístico

    Los coordinadores de acceso lingüístico supervisan la provisión de servicios de acceso lingüístico en sus distritos judiciales en conformidad con todas las leyes aplicables y la política del distrito. Comuníquese con estas personas si desea solicitar un intérprete para su caso o si necesita ayuda obteniendo información en su idioma sobre los servicios que ofrece el tribunal en ese distrito en particular. 

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    Pa Courts Launches Android Version of PAeDocket – First State-level Mobile App for Finding Court Dockets

    Pennsylvania courts recently launched the Android version of PAeDocket – a free app that provides a quick and simple search of court cases or dockets.

    Utilizing mobile apps provides a valuable service for the public, including lawyers, law enforcement, consumers, victims and victims’ families.

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Investigating Grand Jury Task Force Completes Work; Delivers Report to Supreme Court

Charged with performing a comprehensive review of investigating grand juries, centered on the judicial role, the Pennsylvania Investigating Grand Jury Task Force has delivered its final report to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The report sets forth 37 recommendations, focused on improving the efficiency, effectiveness and fairness of investigating grand juries, most of which relate to actions that can be effectuated by the judicial branch. 

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Pennsylvania Courts Host Veteran Appreciation Ceremony for Jurists

In recognition of Veterans Day, Pennsylvania Courts held a ceremony in honor of jurists who have served in the U.S. military on Mon., Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg.

High-ranking members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Naval Support Activity, Army War College and the Governor’s Administration were in attendance, along with justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

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