The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania

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    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 courtsThis 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.
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  • 2017-18 Judicial Budget Request

    2017-18 Judicial Budget Request

    The Pennsylvania Constitution’s Declaration of Rights calls for justice to be administered without “sale, denial or delay.” That mandate shapes the core mission of the courts – delivering fair, timely and accessible justice for all.

    Adequate funding with an ongoing commitment to efficiency and the wise and transparent use of public funds allows the mission to be met.

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  • Committee board openings

    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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  • PAePay

    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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How the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Operates

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is the highest court in the Commonwealth and the oldest appellate court in North America. Justices serve 10-year terms, up to age 75 – and they receive and review over 2,000 requests for review annually.

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Pennsylvania courts release video series on new public access policy for appellate and trial court case records

Pennsylvania courts today released a series of videos that explain the judiciary’s new policy for protecting confidential information and documents in public court filings with the trial and appellate courts.

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