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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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A closer look at Protection from Abuse Orders in Pa

More than 39,000 new protection from abuse (PFA) petitions were filed statewide in 2018 according to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. A PFA is a civil order that protects victims of domestic violence, providing relief from abuse by an intimate partner, family or household member. Additional information about protection orders is available here.

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Teresa Ficken Sachs Named Counsel to Pennsylvania Supreme Court

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court today announced the appointment of Teresa Ficken Sachs as Counsel to the Court effective January 2020. “Terry is an experienced trial lawyer and accomplished appellate advocate, including many appearances before our Court,” said Chief Justice Saylor. “Her professional background will serve the Court well in her role as Counsel.”

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