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What is the difference between an investigating grand jury and a criminal trial jury?Permalink

An investigating grand jury and a criminal trial jury differ in a number of important ways. This infographic explains how.

How are judges elected in Pennsylvania?Permalink

Pennsylvania judges are chosen in elections that occur in odd-numbered years. Some judges serve 10-year terms, while others serve for 6 years. Judges must be Pennsylvania residents and U.S. citizens, be at least 21 years-of-age and must retire no later than age 75. This infographic highlights information about Pennsylvania’s judicial districts, terms, elections and retention votes.

A closer look at abused and neglected children in Pennsylvania under dependency court supervisionPermalink

Pennsylvania court data shows that 20,458 children were under supervision of dependency court in 2015, with 43 percent of those children under court supervision for 12 months or less, and 48 percent placed in kinship care with family or friends or in-home care

Distracted driving citations continue to rise in PennsylvaniaPermalink

Distracted driving citations increased by 52 percent statewide between 2014 and 2016 – with more men being cited (70 percent) than women (28 percent). 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. County-specific data is available at the end of the news release.

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.

PA Courts infoShare in review Permalink

Over the past year, infoShare topics have ranged from protection from abuse, distracted driving, traffic citations and top criminal convictions. Highlights of infoShare can be found in a new video produced by the AOPC or can be downloaded in a PDF version.

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

Ever wonder where the money from a traffic ticket goes? This infographic details the amounts assessed for 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 system The fees are set in state law by the General Assembly.

Pennsylvania’s problem-solving courts - A different path for justicePermalink

Problem-solving courts – including veterans courts, adult and juvenile drug courts, DUI courts and mental health courts – are changing lives in Pennsylvania by diverting nonviolent offenders from jail if they comply with treatment and program requirements.

Selecting jurors in a Pennsylvania trialPermalink

The right to trial by jury in criminal cases, and some civil cases, is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and Pennsylvania state law. But how many Pennsylvanians serve as jurors in a given year?

How does Pennsylvania’s new limited access law differ from expungement?Permalink

Limited access is a new law, effective Nov. 14, 2016, that lessens barriers to employment, housing and education by removing a conviction from public view upon request of the individual and approval of the court. Even though records are removed from public view, criminal justice agencies will still have access to those records.