Distracted driving citations increased by 52 percent statewide in 2017 – and have increased 172 percent since 2013. In Pennsylvania all drivers are prohibited from texting while driving, which includes sending, reading or writing a text-based message or e-mail, and from wearing or using headphones or earphones while the car is in motion.Read More
The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania
Video series on new public access policy for appellate and trial court case records
New video series explains the judiciary’s new policy for protecting confidential information and documents in public court filings with the trial and appellate courts. This policy affects everyone – including attorneys – filing cases in Philadelphia Municipal Court (excluding the Traffic Division), Common Pleas, Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Courts.
The videos highlight:
- how to file confidential documents
- how to protect certain pieces of confidential information
- how to access court records.
2018-19 Judicial Budget Request
Established more than three centuries ago, the Pennsylvania courts have a history of providing efficient, effective and fair access to justice for all who come before them. Since their inception however, the breadth and depth of services and support provided by the courts has evolved and expanded. Problem-solving courts, ensuring court access in a myriad of ways, and customizing programs to meet the needs of our youngest and oldest citizens are part of this evolution.
Ample funding, along with sound and efficient fiscal management, allow us to continue fulfilling the courts’ traditional and expanded missions.Read More
Apply now for openings on Supreme Court Committees and Boards
The Supreme Court is aided by select boards, committees, commissions and councils consisting of more than 180 appointed volunteers — most, but not all, are lawyers and judges.
The panels have a wide range of responsibilities and functions. Some make recommendations to the court for amendments, revisions or simplification of court procedural rules. Others regulate the practice of law, oversee continuing legal education for lawyers and administer funds to assist individuals unable to pay for legal services. Still others advise on keeping the courts free of bias and discrimination and on long-range planning.Read More
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.Read More
Got a Traffic Ticket? Pay it Online
Pay court-ordered fines, fees, costs or restitution from the comfort of your own home or office.
The state court system offers an increasingly popular way to safely and securely pay money owed to the Common Pleas and magisterial district courts — PAePay. Using the online feature saves time and adds convenience for citizens and court staff.
Payments may be made using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or ATM card. A non-refundable fee of $2.75 is assessed on each transaction. Those owing money can pay up to $1,000 per transaction.
Attorney fees, appellate court filing fees and parole supervisory costs also can be paid through PAePay.Read More
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.Read More
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Thomas G. Saylor has released a statement regarding potential impeachment proceedings against members of the Supreme Court.Read More