Media Resources

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.

Chief Justice to serve on National Institute of Justice WorkgroupPermalink

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille has been invited by the U.S. Department of Justice to serve as part of an eight-member expert workgroup, formed by the National Institute of Justice, to develop best practices and guidelines for the use of videoconferencing technology in state and local courts.

Fewer abused and neglected children in foster care Permalink

The number of abused and neglected children placed in foster care or temporary living arrangements throughout Pennsylvania continues to drop, according to the most recent figures. Since the Supreme Court began leading efforts to better care for dependent children, the number of children placed out of their homes has fallen from 21,395 in 2006 to 14,139 this past March. Justice Max Baer leads the initiative on behalf of the court.

Top website views provide vital feedbackPermalink

Visitors to the Unified Judicial System website consistently are viewing the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s opinions and postings area more than any other page, internal research shows. A reworking of the website completed earlier this year resulted in a significant change in appearance, navigation and overall design. The updating was based on research about how best to provide access and manage court-related online information used by jurists, administrators, lawyers, media and the general public.