Media Resources

A closer look at Protection from Abuse Orders in PennsylvaniaPermalink

More than 39,000 new protection from abuse (PFA) petitions were filed statewide in 2018 according to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. A PFA is a civil order that protects victims of domestic violence, providing relief from abuse by an intimate partner, family or household member.

Pennsylvania Justice: Understanding the CourtsPermalink

This video was created to give an overview of the Pennsylvania Judicial System.
Spanish transcript.

Back to school: Traffic citations in school zonesPermalink

September is the heaviest month for school zone violations. Over the last five years, 30,862 Pennsylvania drivers were cited with school zone violations for either speeding in school zones or illegally passing a school bus. This infographic highlights key data and demographics about traffic citations in school zones in Pennsylvania over the last five years.

A snapshot of sexual offenders in PennsylvaniaPermalink

Under Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), 8,133 people were sentenced as sexual offenders between 2014 to 2018, and were charged with 36,764 offenses.

Pennsylvania identity theft case trendsPermalink

Over the last five years, Pennsylvania has seen a gradual decrease in identity theft cases. Identity theft is defined as the fraudulent use of another person’s identifying information (social security number, bank account, birth certificate etc.).

Pennsylvania sees a positive increase in kinship care placement over the last five yearsPermalink

Pennsylvania court data shows that over the last five years, the placement of children in kinship care has nearly doubled. The Office of Children and Families in the Courts (OCFC) tries their best to place children in the care of someone they know and have a relationship with (kinship care) before resorting to other placements – this could be a relative, coach, family friend, etc. This infographic highlights key dependency court data including the average number of children entering the dependency system per year, demographics of the children and placement trends.

Distracted driving citations in Pennsylvania decreased over last yearPermalink

Pennsylvania distracted driving citations decreased by 5 percent statewide from 2017 to 2018. Despite the recent decrease, citations increased by 118 percent over the last five years. Distracted driving citations in Pennsylvania can be issued for both texting and/or using headphones while driving. Texting includes sending, reading or writing a text-based message.

Celebrating Women’s History Month in the Pennsylvania Courts - 2019Permalink

Watch a Q&A video series highlighting some of our female judges in Pennsylvania in honor of Women’s History Month. The video is a wonderful representation and highlight of women on the Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth Courts – as well as president judges who oversee the Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial District Courts.

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.

Highlighting black history month in the courtsPermalink

In honor of black history month, AOPC interviewed several Pennsylvania judges to talk about what black history month means to each of them and how they approach diversity in the courtroom.