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Infographic: State of mortgage foreclosures in PennsylvaniaPermalink

Residential mortgage foreclosure filings continue to decline in Pennsylvania with a 5 percent decrease during 2014-2015, and a 14 percent decrease the previous year. This infographic highlights some mortgage foreclosure trends in Pennsylvania and mortgage foreclosure in the courts.

Infographic: A snapshot of sexual offenders in PennsylvaniaPermalink

Under Pennsylvania’s Adam Walsh Act, 4,325 people were sentenced as sexual offenders between January 2013 – December 2015, and were charged with 16,987 offenses. Of those sexual offenders who were sentenced, 51% were between the ages of 19-35, and 44% were charged with sexual abuse of children. This infographic highlights key data and demographics about sexual offenders in Pennsylvania.

Infographic: Distracted driving citations on the rise in PennsylvaniaPermalink

Distracted driving citations increased by 43% statewide between 2014 and 2015 – with more men being cited (67%) than women (31%). In Pennsylvania, all drivers are prohibited from texting while driving which includes sending, reading or writing a text-based message or e-mail, and from wearing or using headphones or earphones while the car is in motion.

Infographic: Court 101 — Understanding the criminal case processPermalink

A criminal charge alleges that a violation of the criminal law – an offense against the community – has occurred. An individual can be charged with murder of the first degree, murder of the second degree, a felony, a misdemeanor or a summary offense. The course of a criminal case is outlined in this infographic.

Infographic: Looking Inside the Pennsylvania Criminal CourtroomPermalink

The “set and cast of characters” in a courtroom can seem confusing to someone who hasn’t experienced the justice system firsthand. Focusing just on a Pennsylvania criminal case, this infographic explains the various courtroom areas and participants.

Infographic: Judiciary Budget Relative to State BudgetPermalink

Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System supports hundreds of magisterial, trial and appellate courts statewide that process 2.8 million new cases per year. Pennsylvania courts information technology systems also support more than 38,000 law enforcement and public safety officials, who rely on the courts’ case management systems to perform their daily duties. But did you know that the judicial system performs its duties with only one half of one percent of the overall state budget?

Infographic: 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.