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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
More than $100 million in traffic fines and other court-ordered fines, costs and restitution has been collected over the last two years through the court’s convenient online payment feature known as “e-pay” Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille today announced. View the e-pay collections through May 31, 2013
In 2012, thousands of youth performed unpaid community service while under the supervision of county juvenile probation departments throughout the state, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille said today.
A lack of understanding about the core role of the courts in American democracy along with financial shortfalls pose the two greatest challenges to courts, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille said today. These observations were noted in the state Supreme Court’s annual State of the Commonwealth's Courts 2013 report.
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