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2014

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Justice McCaffery Retires

Justice Seamus P. McCaffery retired today from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.   Related documents: Order Concu...

Oct 27

Philadelphia Family Court Judge Kevin M. Dougherty named Administrative Judge of Trial Division

A supervisory judge whose 10-year career on the bench has been distinguished by his service to strengthening Pennsylvania childr...

Oct 22

Online information to assist those wishing to represent themselves now available

Free online information is available to assist the growing number of Pennsylvanians who want to file their own family law cases...

Oct 02

Pennsylvania Courts reduce backlog of civil cases by 19 percent

A two-year data review by Pennsylvania’s courts has reduced the backlog of civil cases by 19 percent and has required that...

Sep 29

Brightening the surroundings of those who’d rather be elsewhere

A day that began like any other in the Norristown courtroom of Montgomery County Judge Carolyn Tornetta Carluccio sparked a nove...

Sep 25

Supreme Court Adopts Changes to Conduct Rules for MDJs

Magisterial district judges now have new guidelines to govern their actions both on the bench and outside the courtroom.  ...

Sep 18

Supreme Court continues to strengthen rules to protect kids in court

Masters and hearing officers who hear cases in juvenile court will be required to meet consistent experience, education and trai...

Sep 11

Raising awareness when a lawyer is disciplined

The agency that regulates the practice of law in Pennsylvania is making it easier for the public to determine when an attorney i...

Aug 15

Updated Guide Issued for Child Dependency Matters

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is issuing an updated resource used by judges and others to help strengthen families and protect ch...

Jul 17

Justice Seamus McCaffery selected to PA Military and Veterans Affairs Hall of Fame

Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery has been selected as an inductee to the 2013 Pennsylvania Department of Military and V...

Jul 14

Supreme Court justice, lawyers and news media to hold forum at Penn State Lehigh Valley

Jurists, lawyers, journalists and academics will hold a forum on technology and privacy issues that is free and open to the publ...

Jul 10

Additional PA case data now interactive

Pennsylvania’s judiciary has unveiled the second in a series of interactive, Web-based data dashboards that will allow int...

Jun 21

Commonwealth Court to hold special session in Chester County

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session in West Chester at 9 a.m. on June 20 in Courtroom 1 of the Ches...

Jun 12

State courts caution against email hoax

The Pennsylvania judiciary is warning the public about a computer virus that is being delivered via email, falsely claiming to b...

Jun 06

Interactive statewide court financial data now online

Interactive graphics are now available online that show the amount of court fines, fees, costs and restitution collected annuall...

Jun 05

Justice Stevens lauds law enforcement grads

Supreme Court Justice Correale F. Stevens praised the role law enforcement plays in Pennsylvania communities during a specialize...

May 16

Superior Court to Hold Special Session in Lawrence County

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session in New Castle, Lawrence County on May 20 and 21.  Court se...

May 15

Online option open now for PA attorneys to register

The Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania is reminding its 80,000 attorneys of the ability to register electronically through the s...

May 05

Online project to serve as court guide

An online self-help project is underway to guide the growing number of Pennsylvanians who are filing their own family law cases....

Apr 24

Treatment Courts Eyed as Weapon in War on Drugs

State lawmakers looking for ways to curb drug-related crime heard representatives of the Pennsylvania court system offer possibl...

Apr 03

Looking for your case? We've got 27 million court records online

Search court case information using the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania’s Web Portal. Anyone can find and view t...

Apr 02

Chief Justice Castille Asks Lawyers to Support Access to Justice for All

During his final year on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille is making his last for...

Apr 02

Superior Court to Hold Special Session at Penn State Dickinson School of Law

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania will hold a special session at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, University Park ca...

Mar 26

PA Courts Distribute $455 Million in 2013

Pennsylvania’s courts distributed more than $455 million in fees, fines, costs and restitution in 2013. Most of the money...

Feb 21

Chief Justice to Serve on National Institute of Justice Workgroup

EDITOR'S NOTE: Informational graphics regarding this topic are available on the Judiciary's media resources page. Chie...

Feb 10

Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board Announces Increases in Ethics Requirement and Distance Learning Options

The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has announced changes in rules and regulations that will permit more credits t...

Feb 05

Civics Essay Contest for Elementary School Students

The National Center for State Courts is offering prizes to elementary school children for the best written essays on the importa...

Jan 27

New Code of Judicial Conduct Strengthens and Clarifies Rules for Judicial Behavior

Nepotism and service on commercial boards addressed The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has approved a new Code of Judicial Cond...

Jan 08

Susan Peikes Gantman Elected President Judge of Pennsylvania Superior Court

The Pennsylvania Superior Court, meeting in Pittsburgh today, has elected Judge Susan Peikes Gantman to be its new president jud...

Jan 07

Sizing up the Judiciary

Talks are underway to assess the number of trial judges needed. The statewide “right sizing” effort follows similar...

Jan 06