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Court 101: Common court terms you may not know

Have you ever wondered why some courts begin with “oyez oyez?”  Or tried to determine the difference between a pr...

Aug 26

The first stages of a criminal trial

Have you ever wondered how a preliminary arraignment is different from a preliminary hearing?  The infographic below highligh...

Aug 12

Traffic citations in Pennsylvania

Data collected by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts shows more than 5.6 million total traffic violations were issue...

Jul 29

Justice Mundy takes oath of office

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Thomas G. Saylor has administered the oath of office to Justice Sallie Updyke Mundy to bring the sta...

Jul 21

Court 101: Understanding civil cases in Pennsylvania

Civil cases resolve disputes between or among people, organizations or the government, wherein the rights of each party are decide...

Jul 08

Newly confirmed jurists to serve on appellate courts

Pennsylvania’s appellate court benches added six new jurists today when the state Senate confirmed Gov. Tom Wolf’s nom...

Jun 28

Are homicides seasonal in Pennsylvania?

Statewide homicide rates have declined slightly since 2013. The infographic below highlights key data and demographics about homic...

Jun 24

Court 101: Common court terms you may not know

Legal concepts and court terms can be complex. The infographic below highlights a few of these important court terms or visit www....

Jun 10

Pennsylvania courts release video to help parents navigate the dependency process

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court today released a comprehensive video for parents whose children have been removed from their ca...

Jun 06

Women on the bench in Pennsylvania

It has been 86 years since the first woman, Sara M. Soffel (Allegheny), was appointed as a judge in Pennsylvania. Today, 28 percen...

May 31

Pennsylvania’s dependency system celebrates 10-year milestone

HARRISBURG — Ten years ago, Pennsylvania’s State Children’s Roundtable (SRT) launched a coalition of judges, cou...

May 31

Pennsylvania children under dependency court supervision

Pennsylvania court data shows that 18,339 children were under supervision of dependency court in 2014, with 45 percent of those ch...

May 13

Pennsylvania high schooler among national civics essay winners

A McDowell High School student in Erie, Pennsylvania, won second place in the National Center for State Courts’ Civics Edu...

Apr 29

State of mortgage foreclosures in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, lenders are required to provide evidence of overdue payments to the court before foreclosing. Overall, mortgage...

Apr 29

A snapshot of sexual offenders in Pennsylvania

Under Pennsylvania’s Adam Walsh Act, 4,325 people were sentenced as sexual offenders between January 2013 – December...

Apr 15

Chief Justice Saylor Reminds Lawyers of Need to Provide Public Service

Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor is asking lawyers to support the Commonwealth’s civil legal aid programs by providing pro bo...

Apr 01

Distracted driving citations on the rise in Pennsylvania

Distracted driving citations increased by 43% statewide between 2014 and 2015 – with more men being cited (67%) than women...

Apr 01

Court 101: Understanding the criminal case process

A criminal charge alleges that a violation of the criminal law – an offense against the community – has occurred. An...

Mar 18

Justice Eakin retires

Justice J. Michael Eakin submitted his letter of retirement from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania after 14 years of service on...

Mar 15

Looking Inside the Pennsylvania Criminal Courtroom

Courts are at the very foundation of the American legal system. Two types of cases are taken to court: civil (disagreements abou...

Mar 04

PA Courts Collect $464.5 million in 2015

Pennsylvania courts collected more than $464.5 million in fees, fines, costs and restitution in 2015, including a record $92 mil...

Feb 22

Judiciary Budget Relative to State Budget

Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System supports hundreds of magisterial, trial and appellate courts statewide that process...

Feb 19

Protection from abuse orders – by the numbers

Statewide and county-by-county protection from abuse (PFA) data from Pennsylvania courts is available via an interactive dashboa...

Feb 06

Language Access in Pennsylvania Courts

Pennsylvania courts have seen substantial increases in language interpreter requests over the past few years, with more than 10...

Jan 22

National essay contest challenges students to write about Miranda rights

"You have the right to remain silent...”   What are Miranda rights, and why are they important?   T...

Jan 19

Newly elected Superior Court judge to take oath of office

Philadelphia Judge Alice Beck Dubow will be sworn in as a judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Ja...

Jan 13

Pennsylvania Courts Highlight “Normalcy” for Children in Foster Care

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Max Baer says a new educational video released today highlights the benefits of a new child w...

Jan 11

Infographic: Three things you may not know about the new Supreme Court justices

Pennsylvania’s judiciary this week welcomed three new members to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, including Justices Chr...

Jan 08

New Commonwealth Court president judge elected

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania today announced the election of Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt as its president judge. Judge...

Jan 05