Media Resources

Infoshare: Protection from abuse orders – by the numbersPermalink

Statewide and county-by-county protection from abuse (PFA) data from Pennsylvania courts is available via an interactive dashboard on the Pennsylvania judiciary’s website, with highlights in this infographic.

Infographic: Language Access in Pennsylvania CourtsPermalink

Pennsylvania courts have seen substantial increases in language interpreter requests over the past few years, with more than 10 percent of Pennsylvania’s population identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as Limited English Proficient, or LEP. Data highlighted in the graphic is representative of a sampling of small, medium and large counties.

Infographic: Three things you may not know about the new Supreme Court JusticesPermalink

Pennsylvania’s judiciary this week welcomed three new members to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, including Justices Christine Donohue, Kevin Dougherty and David Wecht. Full bios are available on our website, but here are three things you may be surprised to learn about the new justices.

Comfort Dogs Making a Big Difference in CourtPermalink

Comfort dogs come in all shapes and sizes with distinct and different personalities. But one thing they share is the ability to serve a priceless role during difficult dependency court cases by comforting children who appear in court. Watch a new video designed for judges, county officials, court professionals and dog lovers that highlights how comfort dogs are playing a significant role in dependency court. If you are having difficulty viewing this video, please check out the PA Courts YouTube page.

Understanding Kinship CarePermalink

Over the past few years, 24 percent more children have been placed in “kinship” foster care in Pennsylvania. Watch a new video that helps potential kinship providers learn about and understand kinship foster care, navigate the dependency court system and take the necessary steps to become a kinship parent.

Where does the money you pay for a traffic ticket go?Permalink

Ever wonder where the money from a traffic ticket goes? This infographic details the amounts assessed for court costs and fines in addition to those directed by Pennsylvania law to emergency medical services, general fund purposes and the state court system’s judicial computer program. The fees are set in state law by the General Assembly.

PA Courts Distribute $462 million in 2014Permalink

Pennsylvania courts collected more than $462 million in fees, fines, costs and restitution in 2014, $7 million more than the previous year, Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin announced today. “Ensuring the fair and timely administration of justice is the judiciary’s first priority; however, we recognize that various organizations, governments and Pennsylvanians depend on the money flowing back into their operations and communities,” said Justice Eakin.
(See Financial Dashboards for more information.)

Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor's Induction CeremonyPermalink

On Jan. 6, 2015, Thomas G. Saylor of Camp Hill was inducted as Pennsylvania’s 56th chief justice of the Supreme Court. As chief justice, he becomes the administrative head of Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System.

PA Courts Distribute $455 Million in 2013 Permalink

Pennsylvania’s courts distributed more than $455 million in fees, fines, costs and restitution in 2013. Most of the money was received by the state, local governments and victims of crime; a small portion of the money collected was distributed to various entities such as schools, libraries and tax agencies.

How the Judiciary Impacts Pennsylvanians: Conversations with Pennsylvania CitizensPermalink

Watch Pennsylvanians talk about their experiences with the state court system.
Learn more about court funding and financial accountability.