The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania

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    Video series on the public access policy for case records and how to file your documents

    This video series explains the judiciary’s policy for protecting confidential information and documents in public court filings. This policy affects everyone – including attorneys – filing cases in magisterial district courts, Philadelphia Municipal Court, common pleas courts, 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.
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    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.

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    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.

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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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    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.

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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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Traffic cases account for the majority of Pennsylvania magisterial district court cases in 2016

In 2016, 66 percent of all new cases filed in Pennsylvania magisterial district courts were traffic-related. Magisterial district courts are the first level of the judicial system where magisterial district judges (MDJs) handle minor court cases and matters.

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Six Pennsylvania Counties Selected for Initiative Supporting Abused and Neglected Children

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court today announced the selection of six counties to participate in the Pennsylvania State Roundtable’s Family Engagement Initiative. The roundtable is a collaborative effort among state and national court and child welfare leaders.

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