All courts shall be open; and every man for an injury done him in his lands, goods, person or reputation shall have remedy by due course of law, without sale, denial or delay. – Pennsylvania Constitution

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Online information to assist those wishing to represent themselves now available

Free online information is available to assist the growing number of Pennsylvanians who want to file their own family law cases in courts across the state.

 

Beginning today, standardized court forms for divorce and custody matters may be obtained on a dedicated page of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania’s website at http://www.pacourts.us/learn/representing-yourself and forms related to child support through a link from that page to www.childsupport.state.pa.us

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Pennsylvania Courts reduce backlog of civil cases by 19 percent

A two-year data review by Pennsylvania’s courts has reduced the backlog of civil cases by 19 percent and has required that all civil cases in Pennsylvania courts be addressed and disposed of in a timely manner.

 

The overall guideline is that most civil cases should be disposed of within two years of filing as recommended by the American Bar Association, unless the case is highly complex or there are extenuating circumstances.

 

“Too many civil cases had been on the docket for too long,” said Chief Justice Castille. “Some of that was due to certain court rules that made it difficult for inactive cases to be purged, some of it was due to lack of a case management system that could help staff understand the gravity of how many very old cases were lingering on the docket and some was due to local culture that allowed attorneys to dictate the pace of litigation, not the court and its judicial officers.”

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