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Learn about the Pennsylvania courtsPermalink

The Pennsylvania court system is structured like a pyramid with the Supreme Court at the top. The entry level into the court system for most Pennsylvanians is at the bottom of the pyramid through the Courts of Limited Jurisdiction.

Top 10 list of criminal convictions in PennsylvaniaPermalink

According to data from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, statewide criminal convictions are at a four-year low. When compared with criminal convictions from 2012 through 2015, 238,616 people were convicted of criminal offenses from the top 10 list of criminal convictions – with drug charges landing at number one.

How to protect yourself against juror scamsPermalink

Although juror scams are not new, Pennsylvania courts remind people to be alert and to never give out sensitive information over the phone, even if they are being threatened with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service, which is a typical ploy in such scams.

Supreme Court encourages people to apply for appointments to advisory panelsPermalink

As part of its desire for greater participation in the groups which provide it advice and recommendations, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is undertaking a new initiative making it easier for people to express interest in being appointed to court advisory panels.

Back to school: Traffic citations in school zonesPermalink

It’s that time of year again for flashing yellow lights warning of school zone speed limits of 15 mph, and for children of all ages to board buses across the state. Over the past four years, 28,000 Pennsylvania drivers had been cited with school zone violations – for either speeding in school zones or illegally passing a school bus. September and October were the heaviest months for school zone citations.

Court 101: Common court terms you may not knowPermalink

Have you ever wondered why some courts begin with “oyez oyez?” Or tried to determine the difference between a prothonotary and clerk of courts? Legal concepts and court terms can be complex. This infographic highlights a few of these important court terms or visit to see our full legal glossary.

The first stages of a criminal trialPermalink

Have you ever wondered how a preliminary arraignment is different from a preliminary hearing? This infographic highlights the purpose of these first few stages of a criminal trial – as well as the timing and components of an arraignment.

Traffic citations in PennsylvaniaPermalink

Data collected by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts shows more than 5.6 million total traffic violations were issued in Pennsylvania from 2012 through 2015. That is an average of 3,876 traffic tickets per day, with speeding tickets being the number one summary traffic violation. Last year, one in 10 drivers received a traffic citation. This infographic highlights key information about traffic citations in Pennsylvania.

Court 101: Understanding civil cases in PennsylvaniaPermalink

Civil cases resolve disputes between or among people, organizations or the government, wherein the rights of each party are decided. Civil cases are different from criminal cases in a variety of ways – from the types of dispute, who files the dispute, types of resolution and the course or flow of the cases through Pennsylvania courts. This infographic highlights key information about civil cases in Pennsylvania.

Infographic: Are homicides seasonal in Pennsylvania?Permalink

According to data from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, there were 3,457 homicides in Pennsylvania between 2011-2015, with the summer months of June and July leading the pack.