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Distracted-driving citations in PennsylvaniaPermalink

Overall traffic citations in Pennsylvania decreased by 33 percent in 2020 during the pandemic compared to 2019. Specifically, distracted-driving citations decreased by 47 percent statewide from 2019 to 2020.

Women on the Bench in Pennsylvania Permalink

In recognition of March as National Women’s History Month, the Pennsylvania Courts take a look at the history of women judges in the Commonwealth as well as those women currently serving on the bench.

Highlighting Pennsylvania’s Intermediate Appellate CourtsPermalink

Pennsylvania’s Superior and Commonwealth Courts both play a unique role in the state court system. Both Courts work to determine if errors were made at the trial court level, but handle different types of cases. Their judges both serve a 10-year term, up to age 75.

Understanding Civil Cases in Pennsylvania’s Court of Common PleasPermalink

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.

Pennsylvania’s Veterans Treatment Courts Make a Difference for VeteransPermalink

Pennsylvania’s veteran population ranks fourth in the U.S. with 814,000 veterans as of 2019. Since 2009, Pennsylvania’s Veterans Treatment Courts have been assisting veterans who are charged with crimes and are struggling with addiction, mental illness or other co-occurring disorders.

Pennsylvania Courts Look at Protection from Abuse Orders During Domestic Violence Awareness Month Permalink

Over 39,000 new protection from Abuse (PFA) orders were filed statewide in 2019. A PFA is a civil court order that protects victims of domestic violence, providing relief from abuse by an intimate partner, family or household member.

Drug Delivery Resulting in Death Charges in Pennsylvania Permalink

Drug delivery resulting in death (DDRD) charges statewide have increased by 356 percent between 2015 and 2019. In Pennsylvania, a DDRD charge is issued to a person who intentionally administers, dispenses, delivers, gives, prescribes, sells or distributes any controlled substance or counterfeit controlled substance, and another person dies as a result of using the substance.

Traffic citations in school zones increased by 32% last year Permalink

In Pennsylvania, there was a 32 percent increase in school zone traffic violations from 2018-2019. Over the last five years, 32,083 drivers in total were cited for either speeding in school zones or illegally passing a school bus.

How prevalent is animal abuse in Pennsylvania? Permalink

Over the past few years, 52 percent of animal abuse offenses filed in Pennsylvania were for neglect of an animal, with 41 percent of offenses filed for cruelty to an animal. The anti-cruelty law (Act 10) that strengthened the protection of animals, commonly known as Libre’s Law, went into effect in late August of 2017.

Over 34 million cases sealed from public view under Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate LawPermalink

Since Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law took effect last year on June 28, 2019, over 34 million cases and nearly 47 million offenses have been sealed from public view.