Media Resources

Women in the Pennsylvania JudiciaryPermalink

March is National Women’s History Month, an ideal time to look at the history of women in the Pennsylvania judiciary as well as those women currently serving.

Highlighting black history month in the courtsPermalink

In honor of black history month, AOPC interviewed several Pennsylvania judges to talk about what black history month means to each of them and how they approach diversity in the courtroom.

A look at insurance fraud in PennsylvaniaPermalink

Insurance fraud refers to involvement in any intentional activity that cons an organization – commonly seen in the form of false insurance claims. The infographic highlights insurance fraud data including the statewide number of insurance fraud cases from 2013 – 2017, common examples of insurance fraud as well as defendant demographics.

Pennsylvania retail theft offenses decreased over past five years Permalink

Pennsylvania retail theft offenses are at a five-year low, having decreased 15 percent since 2013. The infographic highlights retail theft data from 2013 to 2017 including the statewide number of retail theft offenses by month, the top 10 counties with the highest number of retail theft offenses and statewide defendant demographics.

Pennsylvania’s Veterans Courts Make a Difference for VeteransPermalink

Pennsylvania’s veteran population ranks fourth in the U.S. with 819,185 veterans as of 2017. Since 2009, Pennsylvania’s Veterans Courts have been assisting veterans who are charged with crimes and are struggling with addiction, mental illness or co-occurring disorders.

Pennsylvania sees a recent increase in protection from abuse filingsPermalink

Following a steady decline in the statewide number of new protection from abuse (PFA) filings, Pennsylvania has seen a 5 percent increase in PFA filings from 2014 to 2017. A PFA is a civil order that protects victims of domestic violence, providing relief from abuse by an intimate partner, dating partner or family member.

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

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. This infographic highlights statewide court case data and provides an educational glance at the specific types of cases that MDJs preside over.

Pennsylvania's Guardianship Tracking SystemPermalink

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court released an educational video highlighting the Guardianship Tracking System (GTS), a new web-based system for guardians, court staff, Orphans’ Court clerks and judges to file, manage, track and submit reports. The video highlights how the new system will help protect adults of all ages who have been appointed a guardian by Pennsylvania courts.

How prevalent is animal abuse in Pennsylvania? Permalink

Over the past year, 70 percent of animal abuse offenses filed in Pennsylvania were for neglect of an animal. The anti-cruelty law (Act 10) that strengthened the protection of animals, commonly known as Libre’s Law, went into effect in late August of 2017.

Speeding Ranks Number One in Summary Traffic Citations in PennsylvaniaPermalink

Data collected by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts shows more than 6.9 million total traffic summary violations were issued in Pennsylvania from 2013 through 2017. That is an average of 3,796 traffic tickets per day, with speeding violations leading the pack.