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2019

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A closer look at Protection from Abuse Orders in Pa

More than 39,000 new protection from abuse (PFA) petitions were filed statewide in 2018 according to the Administrative Office of...

Oct 10

Pennsylvania Courts Release New Video Providing Civics Refresher on the Courts

Pennsylvania Courts today released Pennsylvania Justice – Understanding the Courts, a fast-paced, animated video that descri...

Sep 23

Teresa Ficken Sachs Named Counsel to Pennsylvania Supreme Court

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court today announced the appointment of Teresa Ficken Sachs as Counsel to the Court effective January 20...

Sep 18

Back to school: Traffic citations in school zones

September is the heaviest month for school zone violations. Over the last five years, 30,862 Pennsylvania drivers were cited with...

Sep 09

Pennsylvania courts develop new resources for judges

Committed to helping judges navigate the complex issues surrounding elder abuse, dependency and domestic violence cases, the Admin...

Sep 05

A snapshot of sexual offenders in Pennsylvania

Under Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), 8,133 people were sentenced as sexual offend...

Aug 23

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Announces Retirement of State Court Administrator Thomas B. Darr

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Thomas G. Saylor today announced the retirement of Court Administrator of Pennsylvania Tom Darr, who...

Jul 24

Pennsylvania’s Court Technology Receives National Recognition

Pennsylvania courts have been selected this year as a two-time winner of the National Association for Court Management (NACM) and...

Jul 15

Commonwealth Court Appoints New Chief Legal Counsel, Announces Leadership Changes

President Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt today announced the appointment of Gretchen Hanrahan, Esquire, to serve as Chief Legal Counsel...

Jul 03

Pennsylvania identity theft case trends

Over the last five years, Pennsylvania has seen a gradual decrease in identity theft cases. Identity theft is defined as the fraud...

Jun 07

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

Pennsylvania court data shows that over the last five years, the placement of children in kinship care has nearly doubled. The Off...

May 10

Superior Court to Hold Special Session in Lycoming County

Committed to educating the public about the court appeals process, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania will hold an upcoming specia...

May 07

Pa Supreme Court Adopts Rule Allowing Citation of Unpublished Superior Court Opinions

Acting on a recommendation of its Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a rule th...

Apr 22

Distracted driving citations in Pennsylvania decreased over last year

Pennsylvania distracted driving citations decreased by 5 percent statewide from 2017 to 2018. Despite the recent decrease, citatio...

Apr 01

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

Watch a Q&A video series highlighting some of our female judges in Pennsylvania in honor of Women’s History Month. The v...

Mar 21

Women in the Pennsylvania Judiciary

March is National Women’s History Month, an ideal time to look at the history of women in the Pennsylvania judiciary as well...

Mar 08

PA Supreme Court Adopts New Rules Aimed at Helping Families During High-Conflict Custody Cases

In an effort to assist families during high-conflict custody cases, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced the adoption of new r...

Feb 28

Pennsylvania Courts Collect $483 million in 2018

Pennsylvania courts collected over $483 million in fees, fines, costs and restitution in 2018, including a record $130 million pai...

Feb 25

In memory of Chief Justice Emeritus John P. Flaherty, Jr.

FLAHERTY, John P., Jr., Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Emeritus, age 87, of Indiana Twp. on Feb. 20, 2019. Born 1931 in Pittsburgh....

Feb 22

Highlighting black history month in the courts

In honor of black history month, AOPC interviewed several Pennsylvania judges to talk about what black history month means to each...

Feb 11

Pa Supreme Court Advisory Council Releases Progress Report on Elder Abuse and Guardianship Issues

Committed to protecting Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens, the Pa Supreme Court Advisory Council on Elder Justice in t...

Jan 29

A Look at Insurance Fraud in Pennsylvania

Insurance fraud refers to involvement in any intentional activity that cons an organization – commonly seen in the form of f...

Jan 25